Looking for an effective and long-lasting cosmetic dentistry solution? If so, porcelain veneers could be exactly what you need to take your smile to the next level. Porcelain veneers allow patients to cosmetically replace their teeth without losing much of their natural tooth structure. Patients love porcelain veneers because they are a minimally invasive treatment option offering noticeable, transformative results that will last for many years to come. Learn more about porcelain veneers below.
Porcelain Veneers in Clinton, NC
Dr. Oquejiofor is happy to provide porcelain veneers to patients who are looking for a complete smile transformation. Porcelain veneers allow both the doctor and the patient to design their perfect smile aesthetics. Depending on your cosmetic dentistry and budgetary goals, you can get one veneer or a full mouth of veneers to assist with achieving your goals. Porcelain veneers can be used to conceal major or minor blemishes including:
- Bleach-resistant stains
- Minor chips or cracks
- Small gaps
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
What To Expect
Porcelain veneers are designed to be thin, ceramic shells that cover only the front-facing portion of your natural tooth. The shell conceals your natural tooth beneath it, only requiring a small amount of enamel removal due to how thin it is. This means that this treatment option is minimally invasive, allowing you to keep most of your natural tooth structure intact.
After a smile consultation with Dr. Oquejiofor, we will begin preparing your custom veneers. Once complete, you will be called back into our office for the placement of the veneers. A small amount of enamel will be removed from your tooth or multiple teeth, depending on how many veneers you are receiving. Then, the veneer will be secured using dental cement, leaving you with a completely transformed smile.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How long do porcelain veneers last?
It’s crucial to make sure that you take care of your porcelain veneers properly for their longevity. On average, porcelain veneers last around 10-20 years, and they’re considered a permanent restoration. As long as you take good care of them, they can last even longer.
Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?
No, porcelain veneers shouldn’t hurt. You may experience some tooth sensitivity in the first week or two that you have the veneers. After this time, you shouldn’t have any discomfort.
Do porcelain veneers feel weird in your mouth?
It does take a week or two to adjust to having veneers. Many people report that their teeth feel bigger or longer, but this is a temporary thing. In no time, you don’t even notice that the veneers are there and they become a normal component of your smile.
Can I whiten my porcelain veneers?
No, the materials that porcelain veneers are made of do not respond to traditional whitening techniques. The material is stain-resistant and designed to resist discoloration. However, if you use tobacco products or regularly eat and drink pigmented food and beverages, your veneers will become discolored with time.
Do porcelain veneers require any special care?
To start, make sure you follow a normal oral healthcare routine. Brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist regularly. The teeth behind your veneers can still get cavities and experience tooth decay. To keep veneers white, you should avoid regularly consuming things that can pigment your veneers. Try to avoid biting down with full pressure onto hard foods with your veneer. They’re durable, but can still chip or break. A nightguard is important for the same reason if you grind or clench your teeth at night.
Are porcelain veneers reversible?
No, they’re not considered a reversible procedure. This is because some enamel and tooth structure are removed to make room for the veneer. Once this is done, you’ll need to always have a veneer on this tooth to ensure it’s stable and protected.
Should I feel my veneers moving?
No, veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth. If you feel any movement or give in them, call our office right away. We’ll do an exam to find the cause of the movement and determine if you need a repair or replacement.
Can I straighten my teeth with Invisalign if I already have veneers?
As long as your veneers are healthy and strong, you can get teeth straightening treatment with either Invisalign or traditional metal braces. You may have to get attachments for your Invisalign aligners to make sure that they’re properly fitted to your smile.
Transform Your Smile in Clinton, NC
With porcelain veneers, our experienced cosmetic doctor can help you reimagine what your smile could look like by concealing just a few imperfections. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Oquejiofor to learn more about how we can provide you with the smile makeover of your dreams. We look forward to speaking with you soon!