Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers in Cornelius Near Lake Norman
Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths made of durable, tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to the front of teeth. Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to conceal imperfections such as stains, chips, and cracks, or to create better shape and alignment in the teeth. In fact, porcelain veneers are so versatile and simple to apply that they are frequently used as “instant orthodontics” to straighten teeth and restore symmetry to a smile without the use of braces. Porcelain veneers are strong, long-lasting, and completely natural-looking.
The porcelain veneers procedure is done in three distinct stages: evaluation and planning, tooth preparation, and final application. To complete the first stage, your dentist at Welborne, White, & Schmidt Dentistry will carefully evaluate the tooth or teeth that will be repaired with dental veneers. Together you will discuss all phases of the treatment and plan for the next stage in the process.
Before dental veneers can be applied, the teeth must be prepared to accommodate the layer of porcelain that will be added to them. This is accomplished at your second appointment. Once the teeth have been prepped, the dentist will make a dental mold that will be used to create your customized porcelain veneers. Temporary veneers are then placed on the prepared teeth, giving the patient a beautiful and straight smile instantly. The temporaries are worn for a few weeks while the permanent veneers are fabricated by the laboratory.
At your third and final appointment, your brand new custom porcelain veneers will be bonded to the front of your teeth using unique, tooth-colored cement. A specialized lamp will be focused on the veneers to harden and fortify the cement bond. When the bonding process is complete, you will be ready to share and enjoy your beautiful new smile. While it may take about five to seven days for you to become accustomed to the new size and shape of your teeth, the results will be instant and remarkable.
No-Prep Veneers with Lumineers
In addition to traditional porcelain veneers, we are pleased to offer Lumineers by Cerinate to our Cornelius and Lake Norman area patients. Lumineers are very similar to conventional veneers, but the porcelain strips are thinner. Because of their size, a layer of enamel from the original tooth does not need to be removed to prepare for placement of the veneer. Avoiding this step also means that Lumineers can be placed without the use of anesthetic. For these reasons, many patients may find that the Lumineers technology is a more convenient and attractive option for them. To learn more about Lumineers, please contact our Cornelius, NC dental office.
At Welborne, White, & Schmidt Dentistry in Cornelius, North Carolina, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options beyond porcelain veneers, so if you’re considering a smile makeover, contact us for a consultation. For patients from Mooresville, Davidson, Huntersville, and the Lake Norman area, we offer comprehensive dentistry, helping patients experience a better life with excellent oral health and beauty.