How Research Triangle Dental Makes it Easy to Achieve a Great Smile with Veneers
Dental Veneer Treatment in Durham
Veneer treatment is a quite simple, straightforward, and minimally-invasive treatment. One of our Durham dentists will evaluate your mouth to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. It will take 2 appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks at Research Triangle Dental in Durham.
To begin, we’ll numb your mouth and clean your teeth. Then, your dentist will begin lightly trimming away a thin layer of enamel from the surface of each tooth that is receiving a veneer. This removal must be done so that your veneers do not add additional bulk to your teeth as well as to ensure a tight bond for your veneers.
Once your teeth have been prepared for the veneers, your dentist will take impressions (usually digital scanning is used rather than gooey impression material). Pre-veneer photos of your teeth plus the digital impression will be sent to our partner dental lab. The dentist will then bond a set of temporary resin veneers onto your prepared teeth. Your permanent veneers will take 2-3 weeks to be created at the lab and returned to Research Triangle Dental in Durham.
When your permanent veneers arrive at our office, you will come in for your final appointment at Research Triangle Dental. Your dentist will check the fit of each veneer. If everything meets our high standards, the veneers will be bonded on your teeth permanently. This completes the procedure.
What is the Difference Between Veneers & Lumineers?
Lumineers are a particular brand of veneers, with one particular characteristic: Veneers are usually about 0.5mm thick, while Lumineers are only about 0.2mm thick. Because they are so thin, Lumineers can often be applied to the teeth with little to no removal of natural enamel. This means the treatment process is reversible and there may be little to no need for any drilling during the treatment process. A potential pitfall for Lumineers is that they sometimes look less life-like due to their thin fabrication.
Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Veneers can be used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic dental issues. If your mouth is healthy and free of major issues such as gum disease, tooth decay and substantial orthodontic issues, but you’re suffering from issues like gaps in your smile, stained teeth, misshapen teeth and chipped teeth, veneers may be a good option for you. To find out if veneers are a good option for you, contact Research Triangle Dental for a free cosmetic consultation with one of our dentists.