Porcelain veneers can be the solution for a variety of both oral health and cosmetic dental 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.
Porcelain Veneers in Durham NC
The porcelain veneer process will require 2 to 3 visits for consultation, treatment planning, and final placement. Dr. Blaylock will analyze your smile to find the shape and fit to best suit your unique smile at his Durham, NC cosmetic dentistry office.
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 the 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.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
What is a dental veneer?
A dental veneer is a restoration that covers the front/sides of a tooth to improve the 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:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Misshapen, crooked, misaligned, or asymmetrical teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Aging teeth that have worn down
- Stained, unsightly, or washed-out fillings
One of the best things about veneers is that they’re able to take care of such a variety of conditions. They cover the entire front-facing portion of your tooth, meaning they can completely hide issues. They’re similar to dental crowns, however, they cover only the front portion instead of the entire tooth. Crowns also require a lot of preparation that involves getting rid of a lot of tooth structure. With veneers, you don’t lose a lot of your natural tooth.
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. Your dentist in Durham, NC 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 mouthguard to protect porcelain veneers.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the material used, the number of porcelain veneers placed, and the specific condition of the patient.
Before treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the porcelain veneer cost.
Schedule a Dental Exam
Schedule a visit for a porcelain veneers consultation with Dr. Brent Blaylock today! Give us a call at 919-518-9963, or request an appointment online.