Are misshapen, damaged, or stained teeth impacting the appearance of your smile? Try dental veneers. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental solution that Dr. Adam Carraway offers in his Greer, SC office. Veneers are thin shells that cover the front of the tooth enamel. They enhance the brightness of teeth and can also change the size and shape of teeth.
At Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Carraway helps his patients receive comfortable, high-quality dental care. He collaborates with his patients to find the best treatments to meet their budgets, goals, and needs.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers
To begin your porcelain veneer treatment, we prepare the teeth to take images and impressions of your teeth for precise results. The veneers are crafted according to these specifications using porcelain ceramic. Once the veneers are complete, we ensure that they are the desired shape and shade. Veneers should fit closely to the enamel and blend in with natural teeth.
We always make sure that veneers feel comfortable for our patients. Dental veneers can be cared for like natural teeth. You may brush your veneers and floss between them to make sure that all of the teeth and gums are free from decay. Caring for your veneers also keeps them bright. Avoid tobacco products and foods and beverages that can stain for long-lasting results.
The Uses of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers take care of just about any cosmetic dental problem. They cover both the front and sides of the tooth, so just about all of the tooth that’s readily visible to the public. Veneers are a permanent restoration, so they’re designed to have a long lifetime. They’re stain-resistant and very strong, even if they aren’t quite as strong as your natural tooth enamel.
Professional teeth whitening is usually used to treat discolored teeth. However, not all discoloration is responsive to this technique. Deep stains from medication or teeth that are “dead” due to trauma won’t be successfully whitened with bleaching techniques. A porcelain veneer is a good solution for these patients. The lab matches the ceramic to whatever shade of white that you desire so that it blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Veneers replace the portion of your tooth that disappears due to chips or breaks. Cracked teeth can be repaired with a veneer as well. It gives you back a full tooth surface that’s capable of biting and chewing. If your tooth is misshapen or disfigured, the veneer can perform the same function.
Each porcelain veneer is custom to your smile. They’re individually shaped for each separate tooth that’s being restored with them. If you have gaps between your teeth, veneers can be made to close those gaps while still looking natural in your smile.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
If you want to know more about porcelain veneers and their effect on teeth, read on:
How does tooth bonding compare to porcelain veneers?
Dental bonding is a similar treatment to veneers in that they also treat dental injuries, misalignment, and deep staining. However, tooth bonding uses a biocompatible material that is molded and cured directly to the teeth. Tooth bonding is not permanent and may require repairs over time. However, dental bonding is often a more economical option for patients new to cosmetic dental care.
Can dental veneers be whitened?
Dental veneers are meant to treat discoloration and can be made brighter than your natural teeth. However, veneers do not react to whitening treatment, so they cannot be whitened. If you have old and discolored veneers, we can replace them with new and white veneers.
Do porcelain veneers damage natural teeth?
No, we do not need to remove much of the tooth structure to accommodate veneers. Some patients may fear that we need to file the majority of their natural teeth down to fit veneers. However, this is false. We etch a small portion of the tooth enamel to make sure that the veneers conform evenly to the teeth. This does not cause damage to the teeth.
Do dental veneers pop off?
Many years ago when veneers were first being placed in dentistry, it was not uncommon for dental veneers to come loose. However, dental porcelain has improved significantly over the last few years, and the bonding material that holds the veneers to the teeth has become much stronger. When the time is taken to use the correct materials and design a well-thought-out smile, porcelain veneers are very successful treatment options.
Contact Our Greer Dental Office Today
Are you interested in porcelain veneer treatment? Call Dr. Carraway for professional and customized dental care at 864.383.9711. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Carraway on our website. Do you have any more questions about treatment with veneers or your current oral health concerns? We will be happy to help you. Let us know about your questions at your next consultation.