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Veneers in High Point, NC

If you have damage, discoloration, or other problems with your teeth, you have several options available at our High Point dental office. Whitening, for instance, is often effective for brightening up a dull smile, but it’s not effective on all types of staining and it can’t conceal small cracks, chips, or other damage. Crowns completely cover a tooth and can repair most types of damage, but they require your tooth to be shaped quite a bit in order for them to fit properly, making them a fairly invasive option. Dental bonding might be able to fix small problems with your smile, but it might not have the long-lasting effects that you are seeking.

But what if you need something in the middle that covers up bleach-resistant stains and chips (or other damage that doesn’t affect the structural integrity of your tooth), and elongates, straightens, and fills in the gaps between small or widely spaced teeth? The best dental solution is found at our High Point dental office in the form of porcelain veneers.

Your first step toward a better-looking smile is a comprehensive dental appointment with Dr. Cassidy Bray discussing how porcelain veneers can give you the smile of your dreams. We look forward to your call!

What are the benefits of veneers?

Think of a celebrity you admire. Does he or she have a perfect smile full of straight, white teeth? Chances are good you might be looking at ceramic veneers or some other aesthetic dentistry solution.

Veneers are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain that have a similar translucency to your natural teeth. We create veneers to exact specifications so that they fit perfectly over the front of your teeth and look completely natural. Veneers can be used to solve a range of aesthetic dental concerns and are minimally invasive when compared to crowns.

Often called “instant orthodontics,” veneers also provide a way to camouflage teeth that are misaligned or crooked. Instead of years of wearing braces, you can have a perfectly straight smile after just a couple of visits to our High Point dental office.

Veneers are designed to be a permanent solution to your concerns. Once bonded into place, your veneers can last up to 10 years with proper care and an excellent home hygiene routine. To provide the very best cosmetic dentistry options, we can also discuss alternatives to veneers and composite veneers, if needed.

How are veneers placed?

If you are interested in veneers, call and schedule a consultation with High Point dentist Dr. Cassidy Bray. He will examine your teeth and gums to make sure that you are a good candidate for veneers and that veneers are the most appropriate solution for your particular concern.

In order for your veneers to fit properly and look natural, your teeth will need to be prepped, which will involve the removal of a very thin layer of your enamel. Dr. Bray will make sure that you are numbed before beginning this process. Once this is complete, we will take impressions and images to send to the dental lab that will be crafting your veneers. Dr. Bray may send you home with temporary veneers.

When your veneers return from the lab, we’ll give you a call so that you can come in and have the veneers bonded to your teeth. Before we bond the veneers, we’ll inspect them with you and make sure that they are to your liking. We can also make some minor adjustments once they are bonded, if necessary.

How should I care for my porcelain veneers?

Caring for your veneers is very much like caring for your natural teeth. Be sure to practice good home care by brushing and flossing regularly, and keep up with twice yearly visits to the dentist for examinations and cleanings. When you come in for regular appointments at our High Point dental office, Dr. Bray can also make sure your veneers are in good shape.

Use common sense with veneers, and don’t chew on anything that is overly hard or use your teeth for tools. (This is a good guideline whether you have veneers or not!) .

Since porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, you won’t have to worry about them turning yellow or dull. Be sure to avoid using a whitening toothpaste when you have veneers; the harsh abrasives can damage your veneers.

Are porcelain veneers permanent?

Because some of the tooth surface must be removed to place the veneers, these are considered a permanent cosmetic dentistry procedure.

How long will porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers are strong and durable, so with proper care, you can expect them to last for as long as 10 or 15 years. It is up to the recipient of veneers to prolong their lifespan.

What are some benefits of porcelain veneers?

Aside from the aesthetic improvements veneers will make to your smile, patients who choose veneers benefit in other ways as well:

  • Veneers look completely natural because the porcelain used has a similar transparency of a natural tooth.
  • Veneers are strong and durable, so they will last longer than cosmetic dental bonding.
  • Veneers don’t stain the way your natural teeth do, so your smile will stay whiter and brighter.
  • Veneers are a more conservative treatment than dental crowns because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed in order to place them.

Are veneers right for me?

Veneers are appropriate for many people, but they aren’t right for everyone. If you meet any of these criteria, we may need to look at other options:

  • You have areas of active decay.
  • You have periodontal disease that is not under control.
  • You have structural damage to your teeth.
  • You grind or clench your teeth.
  • You have a habit of biting or chewing on things that are not food such as pens and pencils or your fingernails.

We can discuss these issues with you and provide treatment so that you can become a candidate for veneers in the future.

How soon can I get my veneers?

Once you’ve made a decision to improve your smile, you will probably be eager to get started. But as with any cosmetic dental procedure, Dr. Bray will want to make sure your oral health is good before getting started. Most people are good candidates for veneers, but we will want to rule out any of the following problems before we get started: .

Gum disease—If you see blood in the sink after brushing and flossing, you might have the early stages of gum disease. Not only does this put your oral health at risk, but if your gums are swollen, this can interfere with getting proper impressions of your mouth for fabrication of the veneers.

Tooth decay—Your teeth need to be cavity-free before placing the veneers.

Teeth grinding—Also called “bruxism,” this damaging, unconscious habit can wreak havoc on your teeth, and you will want to address it before investing in veneers. Often a simple night guard worn while you sleep is enough to keep you from causing further damage.

Dr. Bray will work with you to resolve any of these issues in preparation for your veneers.

How can I find out more about veneers?

Call our High Point dental office, Deep River Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bray and find out if veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

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