Porcelain Veneers – Greensboro, NC
Porcelain Veneers FAQ’s
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular procedures we offer because they beautifully mask such a wide variety of cosmetic issues. Even if you’ve already seen the gorgeous results people get from porcelain veneers in Greensboro, it’s still quite common to have some questions about the procedure. Keep reading as Dr. Fisher answers some of the most commonly-asked questions we get from our patients. And if you have any questions that we haven’t answered here, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
How Are Porcelain Veneers Made?
At your first visit, we’ll prepare your teeth, take impressions, and determine your tooth shade so we can precisely match your new veneers to the rest of your smile. Then we’ll send everything to a special dental lab that will custom-make your porcelain veneers according to our specifications.
When you return about two weeks later to have them adhered into place, we’ll make sure they look and feel fantastic.
How Are My Natural Teeth Affected?
Porcelain has the advantage of being very strong, so we’re able to make your veneers quite thin. Without the added “bulk” that some dental restorations have, we only have to remove a tiny amount of your existing tooth structure.
However, although we can conserve most of your natural enamel, porcelain veneers are still considered a permanent enhancement, so they can’t be removed without replacing them with a new veneer. Fortunately, porcelain veneers last a long time!
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
With basic care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last 10-20 years. And while a veneer itself can’t get a cavity, the tooth structure underneath it can. Generally speaking, the healthier you can keep the enamel underneath, the longer a veneer will last.
Also, veneers can chip or crack if they’re subject to strong chewing or grinding forces. But with a few tips and tricks, you can help your veneers last as long as possible.
How Can I Maintain My Veneers?
Dr. Fisher and our staff will make sure your smile looks great now and also stays that way for many years to come. We’ll work with you from start to finish to give you beautiful results and also provide tips to keep your smile looking great, including:
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice per day and flossing once.
- Schedule regular checkups so we can catch any potential problems as early as possible.
- To prevent chipping your veneers, avoid chewing on ice, pens, and hard candies.
- Wear a nightguard if you clench and grind at night.
- Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching and dulling your porcelain.
And if you’d like to know more about how porcelain veneers can enhance your smile, call us today to schedule a consultation. As a cosmetic dentist in Greensboro, we’d love to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!