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Feeling confident about the way you look can benefit you in many ways. However, for many people, repairing the damaged, naturally-misshapen, or otherwise aesthetically displeasing elements of their smile can seem unattainable. Luckily, porcelain dental veneers can turn your smile around, giving you the look you’ve dreamed of and allowing you to feel great about the way you look. Find out more about porcelain veneers and how they can help your smile with Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence, and Dr. Milton Poulos at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC.
What is a dental veneer?
Though a dental veneer can serve various purposes when it comes to your smile, its main job is to restore the appearance of a tooth. From damage to discolorations, veneers can help teeth with several problems:
- Slight gaps
- Slight overcrowding
What can I expect from the veneer process?
Veneers fit over the front of a tooth and attach permanently to its outer enamel. Your dentist will prepare the tooth prior to placing the restorations; this helps with the bonding process and allows room for the veneer to lie in a natural position in relation to the gums. Your dentist will then take a clay mold of the mouth to send to a dental laboratory, which will create the veneer based on the mold. After this process — which takes about two weeks — your dentist will invite you back to their office to remove any temporary restorations and replace them with the final veneers.
Porcelain Dental Veneers in Asheville, NC
Prior to placing veneers, your dentist will treat any instances of teeth decay or gum disease. These issues can cause veneers to fail, making preventing them more important than ever after your treatment. Use the American Dental Association’s recommendation: brush twice daily and floss at least once, and see your dentist at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings. Your veneers do not require any other special treatment.
For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence, and Dr. Milton Poulos at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC. Call (828) 665-1111 to schedule your appointment with your Biltmore dentist today!
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
The qualities of a great smile typically include shape, color, size and alignment. If you feel that your teeth could use some type of improvement in any of these things, veneers in Asheville, NC, may be the answer. Our professional team of Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Milton Poulos, and Dr. Alexander Pence at Biltmore Dental Group can examine you fully to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental veneers.
More about Veneers in Asheville
Veneers are a thin covering over the surface of the teeth. They are wafer-thin and made of a strong porcelain material to serve as a great substitute for the natural tooth enamel. When they are bonded to the teeth, they create a beautiful and natural-looking surface. The porcelain is a great option as it doesn’t stain like tooth enamel does.
With recent advancements in dental technology, these veneers can be made to be so thin they are undetectable. A small amount of enamel must be removed in order to fit the new surface and make it appear natural.
Veneers can improve color by restoring the white of the teeth. They also can improve size or shape of the teeth which may be worn down from teeth grinding. Alignment and spacing are also corrected with veneers as they can close small gaps in the teeth and make small corrections in alignment too.
A model of the teeth is created with wax veneers so that the patient can ensure they like the look and the fit. Once the patient agrees, the actual veneers are made. Temporary veneers are worn during the few weeks needed to create the permanent set. They are cemented to the teeth when they return from the dental laboratory.
In order to learn more about dental veneers, call our dentists, Dr. Duncan, Dr. Poulos and Dr. Pence at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC, today at 828-665-1111.