Many minor imperfections in the smile can be addressed with porcelain veneers. Veneers are one way that dentists, such as Dr. Hatcher, can restore a patient’s smile and correct mistakes caused by nature, trauma, or changes to the teeth.
Veneers are pieces of porcelain that are used to cover a natural tooth. This may be done for a variety of reasons. Veneers can cover broken, unusually shaped, or discolored teeth, or even address spaces and gaps between teeth. These strictly cosmetic restorations are used to improve the appearance of a smile quickly, simply, and in an affordable way.
The process of receiving porcelain veneers is easy. After the initial consultation with Dr. Hatcher to determine a patient’s candidacy for porcelain veneers, he or she will then attend an appointment during which the natural teeth are prepared. Preparation for porcelain veneers may require that some of the natural enamel be removed to facilitate bonding the veneer to the tooth. Once the teeth have been prepped, impressions are taken of the teeth and sent to an outside laboratory for the creation of the veneers. This process can take a week or two, and once they arrive back to the dental office, the patient will return for their placement appointment. During this time, the veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth, and the patient leaves the office with a brand new smile!
Veneers are beautiful, long lasting, stain-resistant, and affordable for most patients who want to alter their smiles cosmetically. They are a wonderful alternative to dental crowns, orthodontic treatments, and teeth whitening, and multiple veneers can be used to complete an overall smile makeover. In most cases, veneers are not covered by dental insurance because they are an elective restoration, but patients are encouraged to talk with Dr. Hatcher about payment plans to make these treatments easier on the pocketbook!
If you are in the Greensboro, NC area and are ready to consult a professional in regards to the placement of porcelain veneers or other cosmetic restorations, contact Dr. Hatcher today!