Porcelain Veneers
Matthews, NC

Create Your Ideal Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom made, wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored material to cover the front surface of your teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to change their shape, size, color or length. Veneers are one of the fastest and the most effective ways to design a gorgeous smile. Teeth veneers can correct a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections, which include:

  • Discolored teeth due to stains, root canal treatment, excessive fluoride, or presence of resin fillings.
  • Worn down teeth.
  • Chips and cracks in the teeth.
  • Misaligned, crooked, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth.
  • Teeth of different sizes.
  • Gaps or uneven spacing between the teeth.
  • Hard-to-whiten teeth.

Dental veneers can whiten, straighten, or transform imperfect or crooked teeth. They also resist stain which color the teeth yellow. With just a few appointments, porcelain veneers can fix any flaws in existing teeth.

If you’re not sure whether you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers, schedule a consultation with us for more information.

The experienced dental professionals at Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist can show you how veneers can help you improve your smile.

The Porcelain Veneers Process

Porcelain veneers placement is a three-step process. It is minimally invasive and painless. You may treat just one tooth or many teeth simultaneously.

The process goes like this:

  • Consultation, diagnosis and treatment planning: In step 1, you will consult with your dentist. You can express any concerns, ask any questions, and discuss what you would like to achieve. Your doctor at Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist will examine your teeth to make sure that dental veneers are appropriate to achieve what you desire. You will also be informed of what the procedure will involve and its limitations. Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to our state-of-the-art lab. They will design your porcelain veneers to match your smile and fortify your teeth.
  • Tooth preparation: Step 2 is preparing the tooth or teeth for the veneers. If you are a good candidate for dental veneers, your dentist will remove a small portion of the enamel to make room for the dental veneers. Before removing the enamel, you and your dentist at Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist will decide the need for local anesthesia to numb the area. The amount of enamel removed is equal to the veneers to be added to the tooth. Now, your new teeth veneers will fit in beautifully with the rest of your smile.
  • Bonding and placement: It usually takes two to four weeks for the lab to prepare your veneers and send them to us. The last step is bonding and placement of the veneers. When your permanent dental veneers are ready, you will return to the office for their placement. We will start by placing them on your tooth to examine the fit and color. The veneers will be trimmed if necessary, to achieve the proper fit. We will also adjust the veneers’ color using the shade of cement that best fits. If you are pleased with the shape, fit, and shade of your new porcelain veneers, your dentist will permanently bond them to the teeth. You will be offered local anesthesia to make sure you feel comfortable during the process. Your tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched to ensure a strong bonding process. We will apply a special cement and place the veneers on your teeth. Any excess cement with then be removed and final adjustments made.

Porcelain veneers can result in incredible transformations. You will be able to see the changes in your teeth as well as your overall facial features due to the confidence you get with the perfect teeth. Your smile will reflect the transformation made by porcelain veneers.

How to Take Care of Your Dental Veneers

Veneers are permanent dental fixtures. If they are maintained properly, they will last for many years to come. At Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist, we are committed to creating porcelain veneers that are highly durable and resistant to staining and chipping. Veneers are so strong and sturdy that they do not require any special care. You just have to follow your regular oral hygiene routine.

To guarantee a lasting beautiful smile, you must take good care of your veneers by:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after each meal.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash at least twice a day.

Additional Care Steps for Your Veneers

Here are some other ways you can take care of your dental veneers:

  • Avoid using an abrasive toothpaste.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Continue to visit your general dentist at least twice yearly.
  • Don’t use your dental veneers as a tool to tear or cut things.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth.
  • Avoid stain-causing food and beverages.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Use a mouthguard while engaging in contact sports.