Dental veneers are a quick and convenient way to improve the appearance of stained, misshapen, damaged or misaligned teeth. Imperfections are covered by thin porcelain or composite resin shields that are bonded to the front of your existing teeth.
Once cemented into place, veneers hide tooth stains that did not respond to teeth-whitening techniques, chips and other flaws. Veneers can also be sized by your dentist to give your teeth a more pleasing shape or length, or to fill gaps between teeth. You can get a veneer for a single tooth or cover all upper front teeth for an unforgettable smile.
Veneers are stronger than your teeth, but look just as natural. The option is a relatively simple way to address dental issues that might normally require more complex procedures. For example, veneers can be a quick and less-costly alternative to dental crowns or orthodontic realignment.
Using computer modeling, Dr. Añonuevo can create porcelain veneers that are an ideal match for the color and thickness of your existing teeth. You can expect porcelain veneers to last at least 10 years, with a lifespan of 20 years or more not atypical. Composite resin is not as durable as porcelain, lasting an expected five to seven years. The translucent surface of porcelain also provides a more natural look for the veneer, and is resistant to staining. With composite resin veneers, patients are advised to avoid certain foods that can cause discoloration of the material.
Before veneers can be considered, Dr. Añonuevo will need to treat any existing gum disease, fill cavities and cure any infections. Veneers may also not be appropriate for patients who tend to grind or clench their teeth, as this may damage the veneers over time. In some cases, Dr. Añonuevo will recommend a mouth guard to wear at night as a way to prevent chipping or friction that will wear away the surface.
To make room for a porcelain veneer, and to firmly attach the veneer to the surface, some of the natural enamel is removed at the start of the procedure. This is a simple process that is done with local anesthetic. Reshaping the existing tooth in preparation for a porcelain veneer is necessary to ensure your tooth will have the same thickness after placement, and to promote a strong bond between veneer and tooth.
The necessity of this also means that porcelain veneers are a permanent solution, and cannot be reversed at a later date. For patients who want the freedom to change their mind, composite resin veneers are a low-cost alternative. Very little preparation of the tooth is necessary for a composite resin veneer procedure. The material can be removed at a later date, if desired.
For composite resin veneers, putty-like bonding material is applied directly to the teeth and then shaped to perfection by your dentist. Each layer is hardened by focusing a high-intensity light on the tooth, and then polished. Composite resin veneers can often be attached to the teeth in a single day. Porcelain shields are fabricated by a laboratory and require a follow-up office visit.
If you would like to discuss your specific dental needs with a respected, trustworthy dentist in Charlotte, we invite you to book a consultation with Dr. Añonuevo. Please call or email Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas today to make your appointment.