Porcelain Veneers

A picture showing the thinness of a Wilmington porcelain veneer

How do you feel about your smile? Are you proud to smile? Or do you try to cover your teeth with your hand? If you’re not satisfied with your smile, a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that you are not alone. Only about half of Americans are happy with how their teeth look.

The good news is that, for almost anything that is wrong with the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers could be your solution. You do not have to live with tooth defects. Whether it is crooked teeth, stained teeth, teeth that are too short or too long, or chipped teeth, porcelain veneers are a solution. Porcelain veneers have a translucency and surface texture that mimics tooth enamel so realistically that no one will know you’ve had a smile makeover. Plus, the porcelain used to make veneers is stain resistant. With good oral hygiene, your teeth will look as pearly white throughout their lifetime as they did when you first had them placed. Dr. Burgess is so confident you’ll love the new smile he gives you, that he stands behind his work with a Beautiful Smile Guarantee.

Procedure for your Porcelain Veneers

During your appointment with Dr. Burgess, you will discuss the type of smile design you want. Though Dr. Burgess may make recommendations, the choice is yours. Your smile design will then be used to create your veneers. When they’re ready the teeth having porcelain veneers placed on them will be gently shaved to make way for the veneers. There is not a substantial amount of shaving done to a tooth. As you can see from the same picture, there isn’t much difference in appearance between the prepared tooth and those next to it. Using a bonding agent, the veneers are placed on your teeth.

Dr. Burgess can now utilize CEREC technology for porcelain veneers, which means you can now enjoy a single appointment esthetic enhancement. Click here to read about CEREC technology on our CEREC Crowns page.

Cosmetic Issues Solved by Porcelain Veneers

Crooked teeth

If you’re completely opposed to braces, porcelain veneers can still enable you to remake your smile. Crooked teeth will have to be shaved more than normal fitting teeth, but once the veneers are in place you will have a stunning smile.

Gaps Between Teeth

While some tooth gaps are small and can be repaired by a relatively simpler technique called tooth bonding, there are gaps that are so large tooth bonding becomes more complicated. Composite tends to wear and stain, where porcelain is very hard and stain-resistant. Also, porcelain veneers give Dr. Burgess more latitude to reshape all the teeth. So for cases of larger gaps, porcelain veneers do a fantastic job and that may be what you choose.

Other solutions for damaged teeth

If you have a chipped tooth, but otherwise the teeth are fine, your best option is the same method used for small gaps called tooth bonding.

If you would like to discuss whether you are a candidate for porcelain veneers we’d be happy to see you for a complimentary consultation to answer your questions. Visit our make an appointment page, or call us at (910) 762-1402.

Coleman Burgess, DDS

1777 S. 16th St.

Wilmington, NC 28401

Phone: 910-762-1402

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