Cover Cosmetic Imperfections
Veneers in Wilmington
With veneers, you can cover up a wide range of cosmetic issues such as stained, slightly crooked, crowded, gapped, misshapen, or chipped teeth in just a few appointments. Treatment with veneers can restore your smile and help you feel great about how you look. This procedure is minimally-invasive and cost-effective, making it a popular option for patients who would like to improve their smiles without surgery or a big expense. Interested in learning more? Call our Wilmington dental office to speak with a member of our team!
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain ceramic materials, which are designed to fit around your teeth and cover up the front chewing surface. They are typically only placed on the front teeth, and can treat a variety of different cosmetic issues. Whether your teeth are stained, chipped, slightly gapped, or misshapen, veneers can give you a bright, brilliant smile. Veneers look and feel completely natural, are stain-resistant, and they can easily last for a decade or more with proper care.
The Dental Veneer Placement Process
Placing veneers typically only takes two appointments. During your first appointment, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. Then, a very thin layer of enamel will be removed in order to ensure that the veneers fit seamless onto your teeth and look completely natural. Next, dental impressions and photos of your mouth will be taken. These images will be sent to an outside lab and used to create your custom veneers. While you wait, you’ll be sent home with a temporary set of veneers to protect your teeth.
When your permanent veneers arrive at our office, we will clean and prepare your teeth for placement. Dr. Friberg will check to ensure that your veneers fit perfectly, then he will bond them permanently to your teeth with a special dental cement. You’ll leave our office after your second appointment with a fresh, new smile!
Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?
Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment, so they should only be used to treat patients who have healthy mouths and no severe damage. If your mouth is healthy and free of any major oral health conditions like gum disease or tooth decay, you will most likely be a good candidate for veneers. Call us today for a smile assessment and a consultation with Dr. Friberg at Thrive Family Dental! Don’t hesitate to come directly to our office at 8115 Market Street, Suite 204, Wilmington, NC 28411.
What Is the Difference Between
Veneers and Lumineers
Lumineers are a special sub-type of veneers. These name-brand veneers are very similar to traditional porcelain veneers, but with one major difference. Lumineers are extremely thin, typically around 0.2mm in thickness, which is about as thick as a contact lens.
By way of comparison, veneers are usually about 0.5mm thick. Lumineers use an advanced, proprietary porcelain material that’s a lot thinner, yet still offers good durability and a natural, tooth-like appearance. That’s the difference between traditional veneers and Lumineers.
This also means that Lumineers can usually be placed with little-to-no enamel removal. Traditional veneers always require enamel removal, as this makes room for the veneers and ensures they won’t add bulk to your teeth. But because Lumineers are so thin, they often don’t require any enamel removal at all. This makes them less invasive.
Some patients also may prefer this because it means that the treatment is reversible. Unlike with traditional veneers that require the permanent removal of some tooth material, Lumineers can be removed and reversed in the future, if desired.
Can Veneers Break?
Yes. While the porcelain used to create veneers is really strong and durable, and is attached to your teeth using extremely powerful, permanent dental cement, it’s possible for your veneers to break. They also may become loose or dislodged over time due to wear and tear. When this happens, your veneers will need to be replaced or repaired.
There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of breaking a veneer, though. First, maintain good oral hygiene. This keeps the underlying tooth structure strong and cavity-free, and helps keep your veneers in good shape, too. You should also see Dr. Friberg for a consultation every six months.
Also, don’t bite hard foods (popcorn kernels, nuts, almonds, etc. or non-food objects (fingernails, pencils, pens, etc.) with your front teeth. Avoid using them as tools, too. That means you shouldn’t use your teeth to help you open packages, rip tape, or for anything else other than chewing.
The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Veneers
Veneers have pros and cons, just like any other type of dental treatment, and they may not be right for everyone.
Let’s start with the advantages of veneers. They’re really strong and durable, completely stain-resistant, and last up to 10-20 years with proper care. They also match your existing teeth perfectly, and provide you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile. You also don’t need to do anything special to care for them. Just brush and floss your veneers like normal teeth.
There are drawbacks, though. Veneers are more expensive than alternatives like dental bonding. They also require the permanent removal of some enamel and are not reversible, which some patients may find to be a big drawback.
Still, veneers may be a great option if you want to restore your smile in Wilmington or Porters Neck. To learn more and see if veneers are a good choice for you, just contact Thrive Family Dental for a consultation.