Cosmetic dentist offers patients in Raleigh, NC porcelain veneers
Everyone in Raleigh, NC wants a beautiful smile they can feel confident in sharing with others. However, due to a variety of issues that can develop, patients may be faced with concerns that impact the appearance of their smiles. This can lower their self-esteem and make them feel extremely self-conscious about how they look when they socialize with others. Thankfully, there is a variety of solutions such as the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers by a cosmetic dentist.
Porcelain veneers explained
Dr. Edmond Suh of Supremia Dentistry provides a wide selection of aesthetic services that can be used to address imperfections of the smile. His practice often suggests porcelain veneers for cosmetic treatment of the anterior teeth. These restorations are essentially thin coverings for the teeth near the front of the mouth. They disguise problems including:
- Fractured teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Permanently stained teeth
Patients with these issues can have this simple ceramic restoration created and bonded over the tooth to completely transform the appearance of the smile. Individuals are excited to be able to have the chance to achieve the smile of their dreams with long-term solutions such as these.
How is a porcelain veneer made?
The process of obtaining a restoration such as a porcelain veneer starts with an evaluation from our team. Dr. Edmond Suh and the team at Supremia Dentistry start with a consultation visit. This time allows the patient to discuss their concerns with the dentist, ask about available treatments, and learn about the options available for smile enhancement. If patients decide to move forward with the placement of porcelain veneers, a preparation appointment is made.
During preparation, a thin portion of enamel is removed from the front of the tooth. This prevents the veneer from adding unwanted bulk. After preparation has been completed, a series of impressions are taken. These are sent to a ceramist along with specific instructions from the dentist to create the new restoration for the patient. It is made to match the size, shape, and color of the existing teeth. When the veneer is sent to the dental office, the patient returns to have it bonded in place to complete the process.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Patients often love the idea of having porcelain veneers placed because they have several advantages. They are:
Patients who are considering porcelain veneers may also be advised that there are some other solutions they could consider. These include dental crowns and dental bonding. Dental crowns are like porcelain veneers, but they cover the entire tooth instead of just the front. They are best for teeth that are further in the back of the mouth and must withstand stronger biting forces. Crowns are often used in dentistry to protect and strengthen weak teeth as well. Another option, composite resin bonding, can be discussed for patients who want a faster result and a more affordable alternative. Composite resin bonding is a material that resembles a clay that the dentist can form around the tooth and shape in place. The material is hardened with a curing light and then filed and polished to look like natural tooth enamel. While this can be an effective alternative to porcelain veneers, this material is more susceptible to staining over time. This means that it needs to be replaced more often, typically about every five years. Patients seeking a long-term option that will last a decade or longer will probably find that the investment in porcelain veneers is a more desirable choice.
Take the time to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you!
Call Dr. Edmond Suh of Supremia Dentistry today to learn about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic procedures that can be used for smile enhancement. We welcome new and existing patients into our practice at 1711 South Main Street in Wake Forest, NC, outside of Raleigh, NC. Call 919 556 6200 to schedule your appointment and evaluation with our staff.