Porcelain Veneers in Durham
Porcelain dental veneers are a way to correct stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. By placing glass-like porcelain dental veneers on the surface of teeth, our Durham dentist can provide patients with bright, straight, and natural looking smiles.
Why Dental Veneers?
The glass-like ceramic that forms porcelain veneers closely resembles natural tooth enamel. This is because, much like real tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are translucent. When light strikes a natural tooth's surface, it is not immediately reflected off. Instead, it penetrates the tooth enamel and reflects off the opaque tooth dentin that lies just beneath. This translucent effect is what gives teeth their luster. By replicating this, porcelain dental veneers provide patients with bright, natural looking smiles.
Porcelain dental veneers can also cover and repair cracked and chipped teeth. Because porcelain veneers are custom made and fitted to your teeth, you can customize and improve much more than just the color of your teeth. Crooked and chipped teeth can have their appearances improved to give you a beautiful new smile.
When you arrive for your first visit, your dentist will provide you with a full consultation about the porcelain veneers procedure and determine what you can expect from treatment.
During your second visit, your teeth will be prepared for your porcelain dental veneers. By lightly buffing the front surface of your teeth, your dentist will remove an approximately one-half-millimeter layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. The wafer-thin porcelain veneers will eventually be set in place of this enamel.
A mould is then taken of your teeth. From this mould, your porcelain veneers will be custom-made to fit your teeth and complement your smile. Porcelain dental veneers can even be specially fitted to reshape crooked teeth that may otherwise require orthodontics.
The porcelain veneers are then placed on your teeth in your third, and final, office visit. At this time, your dentist will be able to precisely match the color of your dental veneers to your surrounding teeth. If you are having porcelain veneers placed on all of your teeth, your dentist will be able to provide you with an appropriate color that has both a beautiful luster and a realistic appearance. After the fit and color of your dental veneers are ensured to be to your liking, the adhesive is hardened using a special light. You then have a bright, long-lasing smile with your new porcelain veneers.
If you are looking to have an easy-to-maintain and confident smile, consult our Ajax dentists about veneers today!