The treatment options for addressing cosmetic dentistry concerns impacting the appearance and health of your smile have improved dramatically in recent years as materials and techniques have changed and evolved. Today’s patients can enjoy a subtle or dramatic smile makeover using advanced treatment options such as porcelain veneers, resulting in natural-looking and lasting outcomes. Dr. Wingate provides patients in the Garner, North Carolina area with porcelain veneers that are customized to meet the unique needs of their smiles.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells customized to fit your teeth. They are made to cover the front surface of your teeth and are the ultimate solution to a smile makeover with both restorative and cosmetic benefits. Dentists utilize porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of one specific tooth or a whole arch of teeth. Additionally, they resist stains and reflect light as natural teeth do. Dr. Wingate may recommend porcelain veneers to resolve a variety of issues, including:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
Unlike dental implants, patients get to keep their natural teeth underneath their veneers. This means that the procedure for porcelain veneers is less invasive while providing you with the look, feel, and functionality of your natural teeth.
It’s important to note that porcelain veneers may come off or chip under certain circumstances. If this happens, make sure to recover the veneer if possible. Bring it with you to your next appointment and Dr. Wingate will determine how to proceed. Depending on the condition of the veneer, she may be able to reattach or repair it. However, if the veneer is unrecoverable, she can also have another one made for you to replace it.
Porcelain Veneers: What to Expect
Dr. Wingate will consult with you on what you are looking to improve about your smile with your custom veneers. Afterward, your teeth will be thoroughly evaluated to ensure that porcelain veneers are the best option to meet your needs. You should expect two or three visits to our office throughout the entirety of the porcelain veneers process for consultation, tooth preparation, and veneer bonding.
To prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers, Dr. Wingate removes a small amount of the tooth surface so that the veneers fit securely without bulging or interfering with your natural bite. Your existing tooth will be etched to ensure a firm bond between your tooth and the veneer. This part of the process makes your new veneers a permanent dental restoration. Next, Dr. Wingate takes dental impressions of your teeth to send to our labs, which will create the porcelain veneers. In the meantime, temporary veneers are placed on your teeth until the custom veneers are ready to be bonded.
The last step in the veneer process is the bonding or the permanent securing of the veneer(s) to your teeth. Through the use of special cement and ultraviolet light, Dr. Wingate places the veneer onto your tooth for a permanent solution to your cosmetic and restorative needs.