If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to cosmetic flaws, the team at SouthEnd Dentistry is here to help! Dr. Picot is an experienced cosmetic dentist and he has years of experience placing beautiful, durable veneers. Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments, so schedule a consultation today to see if they are right for you and your needs!
What Are Veneers?
Veneers consist of a series of thin dental prostheses that mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. They fit over the front chewing surfaces of your teeth to cover up cosmetic flaws like small gaps in your smile, stained, misshapen, or uneven teeth. They are typically made out of durable ceramic porcelain material.
With a set of veneers, you can completely restore your smile as long as your teeth are healthy. However, if you have oral health issues like decayed or damaged teeth, you may need treatments like root canal therapy and dental crowns before you can have veneers placed.
What Are The Benefits Of Veneers?
- Veneers are extremely versatile and can cover up and treat just about any cosmetic flaws in your smile
- The treatment process is fast. It usually only takes 2 appointments over 2-3 weeks to place your veneers.
- Veneers are minimally-invasive and require no major oral surgery.
- The material used to make veneers is incredibly durable. They require no special treatment beyond brushing and flossing regularly and seeing Dr. Picot for a six-month oral exam and cleaning.
- Veneers are stain-resistant and typically last for 10-15 years before requiring replacement.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
This depends on a few different factors such as how many teeth you need to treat, the location of each tooth, and a few other details, which makes it difficult to provide you with an accurate estimate.
If you are looking for a quote for veneers in Charlotte, contact the team at SouthEnd Dentistry and see Dr. Picot for a cosmetic consultation. After your consultation, Dr. Picot will give you an accurate quote for the cost of your treatment.
What Can I Expect From The Treatment Process?
It takes two visits at SouthEnd Dentistry over a period of 2-3 weeks to prepare and apply your veneers. At your first appointment, Dr. Picot will numb the treatment area. Next, he will trim your teeth to remove a thin layer of enamel. This enamel is removed to ensure a seamless fit for your veneers.
Then, Dr. Picot will take impressions of your teeth using dental putty and take images of your mouth to send to a trusted dental lab where your veneers will be created. While you wait for your veneers to be manufactured, we will give you will get a set of temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
Once your veneers have arrived at our office, you will come back for your final appointment. Dr. Picot will check each veneer to ensure a perfect fit, and bond each one into place.
What Dental Issues Can Veneers Treat?
Dental veneers can treat almost any cosmetic problem with your teeth. This includes severely stained or yellowed teeth, gaps in your smile, uneven or misshapen teeth, and slightly-crooked or crowded teeth. Veneers can even be used to repair minor chips and damage to your teeth in some cases, if a dental crown is not required.
However, veneers are not intended to be used to treat severely damaged or decayed teeth. They must be applied only to healthy teeth that are free of cavities, and are not broken or cracked. If you have damaged teeth, they will need to be treated and restored before you can get veneers.
Additionally, veneers may not be a good option for you if you have multiple crooked and crowded teeth, or very large gaps between your smile, or if you have bite problems. These orthodontic issues should be corrected before you have veneers, with a treatment such as Invisalign. After your teeth have been straightened and your bite has been corrected with orthodontics, you can get veneers.
Veneers Vs. Lumineers
Veneers and Lumineers are the same, with only one big difference. While veneers are about 0.5mm thick, Lumineers use a special ceramic material that’s only about 0.2mm thick, which is about the same thickness as a contact lens.
This means that Lumineers can often be applied without removing any of your natural enamel. While veneers require enamel to be removed to ensure no bulk is added to your teeth, Lumineers are thin enough to fit over your teeth with minimal preparation. Because of this, Lumineers are typically reversible. While traditional veneers can’t be removed because your teeth would be weakened, Lumineers treatment can be reversed, if necessary.
However, Lumineers are not always the best choice for some patients. Because they’re thinner, they are not quite as strong as traditional veneers. They are also not as good for treating severely stained and discolored teeth, since the thinner Lumineer material may not fully cover up the stain.
Veneers Vs. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is often a good alternative to veneers. Bonding uses a special dental resin, which Dr. Picot applies directly to your teeth to reshape them and restore your smile.
Dental bonding is quite a bit cheaper than veneers, so it’s a good option if you want to restore your smile on a budget. It’s also faster. At SouthEnd Dentistry, you can usually restore multiple teeth in a single appointment with dental bonding, while veneers take at least 2 appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks.
Additionally, dental bonding is less invasive than veneers. None of your natural enamel has to be removed, so there is no need for numbing during the process. Bonding treatment is also reversible, while veneers are not.
Bonding does have its disadvantages compared to veneers, though. The material used for bonding will last between 5-10 years, while veneers can easily last 10-15 years or longer with proper care. Bonded teeth are also not as strong as teeth treated with veneers, and are more prone to chipping, cracking, and premature breakage.
Not sure what’s right for you? Schedule an appointment at SouthEnd Dentistry. Dr. Picot can discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry including veneers and dental bonding, and help you choose the procedure that’s right for your needs, your budget, and your oral health.