Brandyberry & Associates often recommend porcelain veneers for patients with a desire to dramatically brighten and improve their smiles.
If you are feeling self-conscious about your smile because you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, worn, or misaligned, porcelain veneers offer an excellent way to cover those imperfections and give your teeth a pristine, yet natural look. We offer traditional porcelain veneers treatment as well as minimal-prep veneers, which includes minimally invasive tactics and involves little to no discomfort. Drs. Christian A. Brandyberry and Amelia Wan have helped many patients achieve the bright and beautiful smile they want with the cosmetic dentistry treatment of porcelain veneers from their practice here in Thomasville, NC.
With either treatment, a small amount of enamel must be removed in order to create a secure surface, but much less is removed in the course of minimal-prep veneers treatment. Both treatments also require two visits. During the initial visit, your dentist will create a mold of your teeth, which is used to help design and mill the veneers.
During a second visit, the dentist will place your veneers on top of your teeth without a bonding agent, ensuring they fit properly and feel comfortable. The dentist will perform some moderate etching on the enamel, which will help the bonding agent bond to the tooth. Finally, the dentist will place the veneer and secure the bond with a special curing light.
If your teeth have chips, cracks, misalignment, or other imperfections that leave you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, treatment with veneers may be the solution for you.
Traditional veneers require the dentist to trim about 0.5 to 0.7 millimeters of enamel from the front surface of your tooth. Treatment with minimal-prep veneers require the removal of less enamel, albeit in varying amounts, based on what is needed to create a secure fit for the veneers. To ensure that your veneers were placed precisely, correctly, and in a way that is not causing gum irritation, your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment.
The process of placing minimal-prep veneers is much less invasive than placing traditional veneers, but there are other important differences to consider as well. Minimal-prep veneers are ultra-thin restorations that can show a varying amount of the underlying tooth, enhancing the natural appearance of teeth instead of covering them. Alternatively, traditional veneers that cover more of the tooth may offer a better solution for those with significant discoloration. Making an appointment with your dentist to discuss your hopes and goals is the best way to determine which treatment is best for you.
It is important to understand that both types of veneers are not designed to be removable. Once you have received traditional veneers, you will always need veneers or another form of cover for the front surfaces of the treated teeth. Minimal-prep veneers may require significantly less alteration than traditional veneers, but patients will almost always also want to continue having some kind of restoration on their teeth. Veneers can become worn down over time, and are susceptible to breakage in the event of an accident. In either case, your veneers may need to be replaced eventually.
If your teeth have chips, cracks, misalignment, or other imperfections that leave you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, treatment with veneers may be the solution for you. To find out more about how your smile can benefit from porcelain veneers, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandyberry or Dr. Wan today.