Do you have several stained or discolored teeth? Are you looking for a permanent solution to tooth damage? Try porcelain veneers that Dr. Shannon French offers to her patients in Bladenboro, NC. Porcelain veneers are used to help restore function and aesthetics to patients who have cracked or fractured teeth, a failed root canal, or permanent tooth discoloration.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain ceramic that are bonded to the front of the tooth enamel. This cosmetic dentistry solution can address chips and cracks in the tooth enamel as well as brighten the look of stained and discolored teeth. To find out more about whether dental veneers are right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneer treatment begins when Dr. French prepares the surface of the teeth for cosmetic bonding. After administering a local anesthetic, she will etch and buff a small portion of the tooth surface. This is done to ensure that the bonding material and veneers conform to the teeth.
Then, Dr. French will take impressions of your teeth, which are used to create your veneers. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where they will create custom veneers that match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.
When the veneers are ready, Dr. French will ensure that they are properly bonded to the teeth. She will also check the fit, shape, and color of the veneers to ensure that they are not noticeable to the naked eye, and appear as natural as possible.
It is normal to feel sensitivity after the teeth have been prepared for the veneers. Avoid drinking or eating very cold or hot beverages and foods. You may also want to refrain from eating hard and crunchy foods after treatment. Soft foods are easier on the teeth during the first few weeks after veneers are placed. Once you have adjusted to your veneers you may resume your regular diet.
Porcelain veneers do not require any special care. They can be brushed and flossed normally. We encourage patients to visit our office if there are any changes in the fit of their veneers, or if their veneers are old and damaged. Our team can repair the veneers or replace them with new ones. We also recommend that patients schedule regular dental cleanings and examinations so we can stay up to date on your oral health and the how your veneers are doing.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Do you have questions about porcelain veneers? Continue reading to find answers to questions our patients often ask about dental veneers:
Can I whiten porcelain veneers?
No, if you have old or stained veneers, we can replace them for you. Veneers and other cosmetic and restorative treatments like tooth bonding and dental crowns cannot be whitened. This is because they are made of porcelain ceramic or biocompatible material.
How long do dental veneers last?
Dental veneers are the best option for patients who want long-lasting and permanent results. For long-lasting results, continue to maintain your oral hygiene and schedule visits to our office. Veneers typically only require minor repairs after several years. Properly maintaining your oral health lengthens the lifespan of your cosmetic treatment.
Are there foods I can’t eat with porcelain veneers?
While veneers are extremely durable, it’s important to realize that they aren’t completely invulnerable. Hard and sticky foods should be avoided as much as possible. If you’re going to eat them, try to avoid fully biting down or chewing with the teeth that have veneers on them, as they can chip or crack the veneers.
Since veneers can’t be whitened, regular coffee drinking or other staining food or drink can discolor the veneers.
Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?
No, there shouldn’t be any pain when you’re getting veneers. The only thing you may experience is some sensitivity to these teeth. This is due to the small amount of tooth structure that has to be removed for the veneers. The sensitivity should dissipate within a week or two.
How do I clean my teeth with porcelain veneers?
You don’t have to make any changes in your routine when you have veneers. Just continue to brush and floss at least twice a day, and visit your dentist bi-annually for regular checkups.
Can I still get cavities with veneers?
Yes. The porcelain of the veneers won’t decay, but your regular teeth can still experience decay behind the veneers. This is why it’s so crucial to make sure that you’re keeping up with your oral healthcare.
Do veneers feel weird?
As with any procedure, it can take a bit of time to adjust to your new smile. They’ll feel a bit different in your mouth. In about 1-2 weeks, you should be completely used to normal daily life with your veneers.
What can porcelain veneers treat?
Porcelain veneers are ideal to treat a wide variety of cosmetic dental concerns. They’re able to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped or cracked, misshapen, crooked, and teeth with gaps between them.
Request a Dental Appointment Today
Call Bladenboro Family Dentistry for care today at 910-469-4592. You may also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. French or another member of her team on our website.