If you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth, Dr. James Furgurson and his associate Dr. White provide expert cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment they offer to improve the beauty, health, and function of your teeth. There are several types of dental veneer materials available. However, we offer porcelain veneers in Chapel Hill, NC. Teeth veneers made out of porcelain are more durable and long-lasting.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom made to fit over the front and sides of a tooth. It is made of a medical-grade ceramic material that will mimic the appearance of a natural tooth. The purpose of a tooth veneer is to correct various cosmetic issues patients have with their teeth. The procedure to place one is fairly simple and involves removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel from the tooth’s surface to create room for the veneer. This will hide any cosmetic problems you may have with our tooth! Your dentist will recommend porcelain veneer for any of the following issues:
- Fix gaps between teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth
- Change the shape or length of teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
About the Porcelain Veneer Procedure
The process for porcelain veneers begins with a comprehensive exam and consultation with Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White. We often use digital imaging to show you what your smile will look like before treatment begins. In some cases, your Chapel Hill dentist may be able to create temporary veneers, giving you the chance to “try out” your smile before we place the final teeth veneers.
The porcelain veneer procedure usually takes 2 or 3 visits to our dentist office. The first step involves preparing your teeth for the dental veners. Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White will prepare your teeth by filing off a small amount of the tooth enamel on each tooth being treated. This will create enough room for the veneers to fit comfortably and securely on the teeth. It also helps the veneers grip the tooth and stay in place once we attach them.
Then, we will take several dental impressions of your teeth. We will send an impression of your teeth along with treatment specifications to a highly talented ceramist at a dental lab. They will hand-fabricate each tooth veneer to the exact specifications of each tooth. It generally takes about 2 to 3 weeks for your dentist to receive your final restorations.
At the final appointment, we will place the veneers on your teeth. Before permanently cementing them to your tooth, we will make sure it fits without issue. Once we get your final approval, we will cement it to your tooth.
Porcelain Veneers: After Care
It is not uncommon to experience some tooth sensitivity following the placement of your porcelain veneers. This can actually last for a few weeks while your teeth adjust. However, if it persists after a few weeks or begins to worsen, please contact us.
While porcelain veneers are very strong and durable, it is important to take good care of them so they will last longer. To enjoy the benefits of your new smile, you will need to be sure to practice good oral hygiene every day. We recommend the following:
- Brush and floss your teeth every day
- Avoid abrasive toothpaste
- Do not bite on hard objects and do not use your teeth as tools
- Avoid or limit staining agents like coffee, tea, and red wine
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports
- Visit your dentist regularly
- Address teeth grinding or clenching
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
To learn more about porcelain veneers, read through the answers to the commonly asked questions we get asked. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact our office. If you are ready to get started on your journey to a perfect smile, book a consultation.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Patients often ask about the cost of veneers or how much a single tooth veneer costs. There are several factors that go into the price of veneers, the first of which is materials. Other factors include the size and location of the tooth as well as the cosmetic goals of treatment. Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers porcelain veneers as well as the less expensive alternative, tooth bonding.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Our goal is for your porcelain veneers to last a lifetime. After several years, it is common to need some minor repair or maintenance. You can ensure long-lasting veneers by maintaining a healthy diet, brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning and examination. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers is 10-15 years.
Why choose porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable and stain-resistant. They also look and feel more like natural teeth compared to alternatives like Lumineers or tooth bonding.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic dentistry treatment. This is because a layer of enamel needs to be removed from the tooth to accommodate them and this is permanent. While the porcelain veneer can be removed if it becomes damaged, it will need to be replaced. Porcelain veneers will become worn down due to natural wear and tear over time and will have to replaced eventually. However, with proper care and maintenance, they can last a long time.
Do porcelain veneers break easily?
Porcelain veneers are very durable however, they are slightly weaker than your natural tooth enamel. They can break or chip with excessive biting force. If you bite down on certain objects like your finger nails or pen caps, you risk damaging them. They can also break if you use your teeth to open things such as plastic bags or soda cans. They are designed to withstand normal chewing and biting forces only. You will need to take proper precautions to prevent accidental breakage.
Why do porcelain veneers fall off?
There are several reasons why a dental veneer may fall off. If it is not applied correctly or if the placement is off, it may fall off. However, this is rare. Porcelain veneers can also fall off if you use too much bite force especially on objects that are too hard. Poor oral hygiene, gum disease, and tooth decay can also cause them to fall off. Taking good care of your oral health, avoid chewing on hard objects, and visiting your dentist regularly will prevent this form happening.
How do porcelain veneers stay on?
After your dentist removes a layer of enamel, they will bond the dental veneer to the tooth using a special cement. Then your dentist use a UV light beam to activate the cement. This will cure the bonding agent and ensure the dental veneer adheres to the surface of the tooth quickly. This also ensures a strong and lasting attachment.
Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers in Chapel Hill, NC
Dr. Furgurson and Dr. White can transform your smile using porcelain veneers in Chapel Hill, NC. This popular cosmetic dentistry treatment is a versatile and effective solution for enhancing smiles. If you would to see if you are a candidate for dental veneers, call 919.736.6175 or schedule an appointment online.