Patients with stained or damaged teeth benefit from treatment with porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are made of ultra-thin translucent porcelain ceramic. Dentists bond them to the front and sides of teeth. Because our veneers are porcelain, we color-match the dental veneers that we offer. Your dentist in Hendersonville, NC, Dr. Jessica Christy, and her dental care team dedicate themselves to improving your smiles.
You can request an appointment online or call (828) 247-7001 when ready to take the next step.
Treatment with Dental Veneers at Orchard Hill Dental
Before treatment, Dr. Christy will assess your teeth and gums. You can discuss your budget, goals, and oral health with her to determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you.
To begin, Dr. Christy will prepare your tooth enamel by removing some of the tooth structure from the front and sides of your teeth. She will then take an impression or mold of the teeth. While a dental lab crafts your custom-made porcelain veneers, Dr. Christy will provide temporary ones.
Once complete, we will bond the custom porcelain veneers to your teeth with dental cement. Dr. Christy may adjust to ensure the porcelain ceramic material is the right size and shape.
Porcelain veneers are also resistant to staining and can last years with proper dental care. You can still get cavities under your veneers, so it is important to keep brushing and flossing twice a day. Avoid chewing on hard objects or nail-biting, as the veneers may chip or break. If you feel any discomfort or a change in the fit of the veneers, call our office, and we will fix it as soon as possible. Your comfort is our top priority.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Dental veneers offer multiple benefits to patients with damaged or stained teeth. Veneers:
- Are stain-resistant
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Do not damage gum tissue
If you are interested in benefitting from cosmetic dental treatment with veneers, call our office today. Our dental team aims to provide care in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Porcelain Veneers Uses
Porcelain veneers are popular because they can treat so many different cosmetic problems. Professional teeth whitening is typically our treatment path when you have discolored teeth. However, not all discolorations respond to traditional whitening treatments. Discoloration from trauma or certain medications can’t be treated with tooth bleaching. We can color-match porcelain veneers to any shade of white you’d like. They cover the front and sides of the tooth so that it’s hidden from view.
Over time, our teeth start to wear down due to years of use. Cosmetic chips and cracks are common, too. Porcelain veneers can take years off of your smile. They give the appearance of full, youthful teeth. They’ll treat small breaks in the tooth so you can be proud to show off your smile again. Veneers give you symmetrical tooth shapes that look even throughout the entire smile. If you dislike the balance between your teeth and gums, veneers can lessen the appearance of a gummy smile and make teeth appear longer.
Uneven bites are unseemly in appearance and can also impact your oral health. Porcelain veneers treat mild cases of malocclusion. It improves both the look and function of your smile. Since a lab custom-makes each veneer, we can also use them to close small gaps between your teeth. If crooked teeth aren’t severe, we can use veneers instead of braces or aligners. The veneers are custom and look natural, covering those gaps.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Porcelain veneers can treat almost any cosmetic dental concern. Read the answers to these frequently asked questions to learn more.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10-30 years. This varies based on diet and oral care. Veneers can break, so it is important that patients take reasonable care to protect against excessive pressure.
What can you not eat with veneers?
Patients with veneers should avoid hard foods such as hard candy and ice. Patients should also avoid tough meat and especially chewy or sticky foods.
How long do veneers stay white?
Veneers will stay white for up to ten years, possibly longer if you practice a good oral care routine and regularly visit your dentist for cleanings. We can’t whiten the material with traditional whitening techniques, either. If your veneers stain, the only option is to remove them and replace them with new veneers color-matched to the shade of white you desire.
Do porcelain veneers break easily?
Porcelain veneers are strong but not as strong as your natural teeth. This means it is very important to be careful when chewing because veneers are more likely to crack or chip than your natural teeth.
Can teeth rot under veneers?
There is potential for teeth to form cavities and decay beneath porcelain veneers. This is not common. However, practicing good oral care with veneers is very important to reduce the risk of decay. If you do get cavities or tooth decay on that natural tooth, it compromises the foundation of the veneers. Depending on the decay’s seriousness, it can cause the veneer to loosen or fall off your tooth.
Is it painful to get porcelain veneers?
Patients often report little to no pain during the porcelain veneer procedure. The veneer procedure is minimally invasive, so it rarely causes any pain. If anything, you’ll feel some sensitivity and pressure when the dentist prepares your teeth for the veneer. We use a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process.
Schedule a Consultation
Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution to your cosmetic dental problems. Call us or schedule an appointment online to see if veneers fit your needs.