Porcelain Veneers in Hickory, NC
Porcelain veneers can completely change your smile and create the look you have always dreamed of having.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect. For people looking to have that flawless, picture-perfect smile that you see on celebrities, porcelain veneers are definitely the best solution.
Dr. J.D. Robinette provides porcelain veneers at his office in Hickory, NC. Learn more about veneers and call 828-267-0651 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Robinette today!
But what exactly are porcelain veneers?
They are very thin tooth-colored fixtures that are glued to the front of your teeth in order to cover up dental issues such as:
- Crooked teeth
- Worn down tooth enamel
- Teeth discoloration
- Chipped teeth
- Qualifying for the Procedure
To make sure you are eligible for this procedure, it’s important to have an open and free conversation with your doctor to discuss your oral hygiene habits as well as other suitable options you may not be aware of.
Keep in mind that any treatment involving scraping or partial removal of the tooth or its enamel is permanent. Again, don’t be afraid to address any questions or concerns regarding the fitting or maintaining of the veneers prior to your appointment.
If your doctor agrees that you are a candidate for the procedure, then the doctor will review all of the available post-treatment information with you such as a list of things you should do to prepare for the procedure and things you can do to ensure that the veneers remain snug and comfortable for as long as possible.
Installing the Veneers
From start to finish, the veneer procedure can typically be done with two visits over the course of 6 weeks and can take about an hour of preparation time for each session. During this time, the doctor will discuss with you any oral health concerns that may affect the outcome of the procedure.
Initially, preparation involves reshaping the surface of your teeth so that the veneers will fit perfectly snug on the teeth. This procedure may be done under a numbing agent, but that will depend on your discussion with Dr. Robinette. If your veneers are not ready at this time, you may be fitted for temporary veneers.
The veneers are made from a mold of your mouth using your teeth to make lasting impressions. Sometimes, these molds are then sent to another lab where they are encased in porcelain or sometimes it is done in the doctor’s office. This may adjust the time needed for installation, but Dr. Robinette will confirm with you at your appointment.
After the initial phase is complete and your veneers have been delivered, Dr. Robinette will then fit you with the veneers and shape them until they look as normal as possible. In addition, Dr. Robinette will test your overall bite and comfortability and remove any cement.
Maintenance Post Procedure
After the procedure, Dr. Robinette will likely ask to see you in a few weeks to check the placement of the veneers and your gums.
The veneers are known to be durable and can last a long time before they need to be replaced. It is still important, however, to continue your oral hygiene method in terms of flossing and brushing your teeth using a non-abrasive toothbrush.
Although porcelain veneers can be polished, it is important to take care of them because they can not be repaired if they get chipped. Rather, they must be replaced altogether.
Schedule a Porcelain Veneer Consultation Today
If you are considering porcelain veneers, call (828) 267-0651 to schedule an appointment at our office in Hickory today!