A porcelain dental veneer can be used to cover the front surface of your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are very thin shells that are custom-made to fit your teeth and colored to match the natural healthy shade of your smile. If you have yellowed teeth, you may have multiple veneers placed to restore a whiter smile. Veneers can also be bonded to your teeth to change the color, shape, size, or length of a tooth (or multiple teeth).
Porcelain dental veneers can be made from composite resin, porcelain, and a variety of other materials. Generally, porcelain will be more stain resistant than resin, and porcelain will also be able to better mimic the natural reflective properties of your teeth. You and your dentist can help determine the best material to use for your veneers based on a variety of factors.
The procedure will start with a consultation in which you and your dentist will discuss what you are trying to achieve. Your dentist will then prepare the tooth by removing around 1/2 millimeter of enamel, which is roughly equal to the thickness of the veneer they will be adding. An impression will then be taken and sent to the lab where the veneer will be made. This usually takes 2-4 weeks. Once received, you’ll be asked back into the office so the dentist can compare the veneer within your smile.
After any necessary adjustments have been made and you are happy with the veneer’s appearance, the dentist will permanently bond the veneer onto your tooth. A couple weeks later, you may be asked back for a follow-up visit to ensure your gums are responding well to the veneer and that everything is fitting as planned.
If you think porcelain dental veneers in North Charleston might be an option for your smile, visit our office and schedule your consultation today.