Porcelain veneers can be the solution for a variety of both dental health and cosmetic concerns. Custom made from ultra-thin, translucent materials that reflect light like a natural tooth, porcelain veneers can enhance your smile and improve dental health.
Dr. Brent Blaylock places porcelain veneers in his Durham dentist office and recommends this treatment option for patients with damaged, misshapen or discolored teeth. They provide a permanent restoration solution and are often more affordable than many patients realize. During a consultation, Dr. Blaylock will perform a thorough dental examination as well as discuss your personal concerns before recommending a treatment plan including porcelain veneers. He will explain the procedure as well as any associated costs.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
The procedure for porcelain veneers is relatively painless with very minimal tooth preparation. In some cases, no preparation is needed. The dental veneers will be made in a dental laboratory by skilled artists. You will have the opportunity to review the shade and characterization of the veneers before they are permanently cemented to your teeth.
Patients often worry about pain associated with porcelain veneers. Dr. Blaylock will take all steps to ensure your comfort before, during and after treatment. It is common for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.
What is a dental veneer?
A dental veneer is a restoration that covers the front/sides of a tooth to improve shape and/or color. Porcelain veneers are made of finely crafted ceramic materials. Dental veneers can also be made of composite resin.
What can dental veneers do?
Dental veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to correct a number of concerns including:
- Discolored teeth
- Misaligned or asymmetrical teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Spaces between teeth
How long do veneers last?
Resin veneers are more of a temporary solution. They might last 5 to 10 years before they need to be replaced or touched up.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are a more permanent solution and designed to last a lifetime. Dr. Blaylock conducts careful treatment planning to ensure that the veneers will be stable and long lasting.
The longevity of any type of dental veneer or other restoration can be improved with proper hygiene care and maintenance. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist will improve the life span of your veneers. Dr. Blaylock may also suggest a mouth guard to protect porcelain veneers.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the material used, number of porcelain veneers placed and specific condition of the patient. Before treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the porcelain veneer cost.