If you want to achieve a brighter, better smile quickly, porcelain veneers can be the best option. These personalized casings are designed to fit perfectly over the front of your natural teeth to eliminate flaws such as gaps, cracks, and discoloration. They can even be used to correct the length or shape of certain teeth, giving your teeth a more uniform appearance. With proper care, your new porcelain veneers can last more than ten years.
At Stuart Curry Dentistry, we offer the perfect solution for common dental issues using porcelain veneers to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. When you meet with Dr. Curry, he will discuss your personal cosmetic goals, assess the condition of your teeth and create a treatment plan that will address your dental needs, to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted
Porcelain and Composite Resin Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made and applied directly over your natural teeth. This type of veneer is stain resistant, making them a better choice over composite, and they also offer a more natural appearance.
Installing composite resin veneers is a much faster process compared to porcelain. This type of veneer can be set and fixed in a single appointment and they are a more affordable option. Composite resin veneers are also much thinner than porcelain and do not require as much removal of the natural tooth’s surface before they’re installed. They can also contract and expand with natural changes in tooth size, so they’re a great choice for repairing fractured teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Bright porcelain veneers are a great choice for anyone who wants to address cosmetic issues with their teeth and instantly transform their smile, enjoying results that feel and look natural. Dental veneers can be a great option for:
- Worn/short teeth.
- Broken teeth.
- Slightly crooked teeth.
- Misshapen teeth.
- Spaces, gaps between teeth, and chips.
- Stained or discolored teeth.
Teeth are naturally off-white and can be vulnerable to stains, especially for people who smoke or drink coffee. Veneers can instantly whiten and brighten your teeth, for a healthy, natural-looking smile.
Would you like to have that “Hollywood” smile? Then, veneers might be the answer for you. If you are looking to have the smile you have always wanted, come see us at Curry Dentistry, and we will evaluate your teeth.
Regardless of the procedures needed to give you that “Hollywood smile”, whether it is veneers, Lumineers, bonding, or teeth whitening, Dr. Curry is determined to give you a healthy, long-lasting smile that you will show off for years to come.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns
Crowns are mainly used as a restorative solution for people with severe dental damage. Deep cracks or chips that can compromise the structural integrity of a tooth should be addressed with a crown to prevent further damage to the structure of a tooth. Crowns are made out of resin, porcelain, metal, or ceramic. For severe damage, crowns are a better option than veneers, which are used mainly for cosmetic issues.
How Dental Veneers Can Help
Teeth with minor cracks and chips can negatively change the appearance of your smile. Veneers will restore your smile and protect your natural teeth from further damage.
Gaps in your teeth as a child can be cute, but as an adult, it may make you feel self-conscious. Veneers can instantly change that and eliminate gaps, without the pain, discomfort, and high cost of braces or other types of expensive cosmetic procedures.
If your teeth are stained externally due to coffee, tea, or smoking, this might be fixed with teeth whitening. But, if your teeth have a combination of these factors or the staining present on your teeth is more of an internal stain (i.e. Tetracycline, enamel issues, fluoride intake) then you may be a great candidate for porcelain veneers.
How Treatment Works – What to Expect
Unlike crowns, having veneers installed is a fairly simple, painless process. The process will begin with a consultation where you’ll meet with Dr. Curry to discuss your dental goals and learn if you’re a good candidate for veneers. Dr. Curry will go over your options and help you decide on the type of veneer that will work the best for you. Next, you will make another appointment for the veneer procedure. The length of the procedure will depend on which type of veneers you choose, porcelain or composite.
Composite Veneer Procedure
Unlike porcelain, composite veneers can be applied in one session. First, the shape of the veneers is matched to your natural teeth. Next, the outer surface of your teeth must be shaped or roughed as needed. Several layers of composite material are applied to the surface of a tooth to clean, prime, and bond the veneer to it. Light is then used to cure and toughen the veneer. The last step is to shape and polish the veneers so that they blend with your natural teeth.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
The porcelain veneers procedure requires two appointments. At the initial appointment, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the front of the teeth. This is done to make room for the veneers. Impressions are then taken and sent to a dental lab where custom veneers are created. Temporary covers are placed over the teeth to protect them until the permanent veneers are ready.
At the second appointment, the custom veneers are installed and bonded to the teeth with the use of cement and a curing light.
Questions Patients Have About Dental Veneers
Why do some people choose composite veneers?
Composite veneers are a more affordable option than porcelain veneers and feature a faster installation process.
How long do veneers last?
Is the veneer process painful?
Are porcelain veneers worth it?
If you have been afraid to smile for years, due to broken, chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth, veneers can restore your smile and your confidence. Additionally, with proper care, they can last for several years.
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