What are Veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.
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Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers are custom-made shells that are wafer-thin and designed to cover the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. These veneers change the shape, color, length or size of your teeth. Porcelain veneers mimic natural teeth because they replicate their light reflecting properties. Porcelain veneers also resist stains.
Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.
Issues That Porcelain Veneers From Our Rock Hill Facility can Fix
Porcelain veneers can fix numerous issues including:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Teeth that have gaps between them
- Misaligned or uneven teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth – with bulges or craters in them
- Discolored teeth – medications, antibiotics, excessive fluoride, root canal
- treatment and large resin fillings can discolor teeth
What to Expect
Most likely, you will need to visit Espinal & Willis – Carolinas Center for Advanced Dentistry in Rock Hill three times to complete your porcelain veneers. One visit to our Rock Hill, SC. facility for your initial consultation and the other two to make and then apply your porcelain veneers. You can have just one tooth done or many teeth treated at the same time.
Diagnosis and Planning
At your initial consultation, explain to your Rock Hill dentist what you would like to achieve with your porcelain veneers. He will examine your teeth to ensure porcelain veneers are the right treatment for you. He will discuss with you what the porcelain veneer procedure at our Rock Hill facility involves. He may also choose to take X-rays and make impressions of your teeth and mouth while you are at our Rock Hill, SC. facility.
PreparationAt our Rock Hill facility, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing approximately ½ mm of enamel from the surface of the tooth/teeth being treated. This amount is equal to the thickness of the porcelain veneer. He may numb the area using local anesthesia before he begins.
Once he finishes preparing your teeth, he will take an impression, which the laboratory uses to create your custom-fit porcelain veneers. It generally takes about two weeks for your porcelain veneers to be created in the laboratory and then returned to our Rock Hill facility. You may choose to have temporary veneers placed on your teeth at our Rock Hill facility while you wait for your permanent porcelain veneers to arrive.
Ensuring the Perfect Fit at our Rock Hill Facility
Before he permanently cements your porcelain veneers, he will place each porcelain veneer to the tooth being treated. He does this to ensure the porcelain veneer is fits properly and is the correct color. He will trim the veneer to achieve the perfect fit. If necessary, he can adjust the shade of the porcelain veneer with his choice of cement.
Preparing Your Tooth for Your Porcelain Veneer Bonding at Our Rock Hill Facility
Each of your teeth needs to be prepared to accept a porcelain veneer. He will clean, etch and polish each tooth. The etching allows the cement to create a strong bond between the porcelain veneer and your natural tooth.
Bonding Your Porcelain Veneers
Your Rock Hill dentist will apply special cement to the porcelain veneer to be placed. He will then perfectly position the veneer on your tooth. Once positioned, he will use a special light to activate the chemicals in the cement. This causes it to harden and cure quickly.
Final Steps of Your Porcelain Veneer Placement at Our Rock Hill Facility
Excess cement is removed, your bite is evaluated and any necessary adjustments are made. He may ask you to return to our Rock Hill facility for a follow-up visit in a few weeks.
At your follow-up visit, your dentist will check your gums to see how they are responding to your new porcelain veneers. He will also examine your porcelain veneers to make sure they are all secure and perfectly formed to your natural teeth.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers or any other dental restoration technique, contact our Rock Hill, SC. facility today. The skilled dentists at Espinal & Willis – Carolinas Center for Advanced Dentistry in Rock Hill, SC. are happy help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.