Porcelain veneers are a versatile, long-lasting cosmetic dentistry option that can enhance the appearance of a single tooth, or transform your entire smile with natural-looking results. With porcelain veneers, our cosmetic dentist Jeff Blackburn, DDS can quickly correct a wide range of dental imperfections to give you the beautiful, dazzling smile you desire. Each veneer is custom-fabricated to meet the unique aesthetic requirements of each patient for a seamless fit and optimal appearance. If you are interested in finding out if porcelain veneers are the right option for improving your smile, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackburn.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can help you achieve the ideal smile you have always wanted by concealing perceived flaws and reshaping your teeth to reflect the smile characteristics you find most aesthetically appealing. Dr. Blackburn may suggest porcelain veneers to make cosmetic improvements that include:
- Straightening the appearance of mild tooth misalignment
- Lengthening short or worn teeth
- Concealing small gaps between teeth
- Covering minor chips and cracks in teeth
- Brightening and whitening the appearance of deeply stained or discolored teeth
As a durable, minimally-invasive cosmetic option, porcelain veneers typically require very little tooth preparation before placement, which preserves healthy tooth structure. Every aspect of your porcelain veneers, from the color and translucence to the shape and thickness, will be custom-tailored to achieve your desired outcome.
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers have good overall dental health, supportive tooth structure, and cosmetic concerns that can be adequately addressed with the application of veneers. Patients with dental or periodontal disease can potentially become good candidates for porcelain veneers after undergoing treatments to improve oral health.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Porcelain veneers are applied over the course of two visits to South River Dentistry. The first phase of treatment is the tooth preparation, during which a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the front side of each tooth to accommodate the thickness of the veneer and evenly align the tooth surfaces. A local anesthetic may be administered to mitigate any potential discomfort during preparation.
Once the teeth are prepared, Dr. Blackburn will help you select the color of your veneers and take a mold of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab to create the veneers. If you are only receiving one or two veneers, the tooth color should be closely matched to the surrounding teeth to create the most natural-looking results. However, if you are receiving veneers on all of your visible teeth, you can select a whiter, brighter shade than your natural teeth for a brilliant smile makeover. At the end of your appointment, Dr. Blackburn can apply temporary veneers to protect your teeth while your custom veneers are being fabricated.
Within one to two weeks, your custom porcelain veneers should arrive from the dental lab and Dr. Blackburn can complete the final fitting for your veneers. Each veneer will be firmly bonded to the prepared teeth with a strong, long-lasting adhesive. Once attached, the veneers are carefully shaped around the edges and the surfaces are polished to a shine.
Porcelain Veneer Results
The results achieved with porcelain veneers can typically last for decades and do not require any specialized care beyond daily brushing and flossing. Veneers are extremely durable and stain-resistant, and they are known to provide lasting smile enhancement.
Contact South River Dentistry
To find out if porcelain veneers may be right for enhancing the appearance of your smile, contact South River Dentistry to schedule a consultation.