Dental Veneers in Lexington, SC
Your teeth can either enhance or detract from the natural beauty of your facial features. Often, patients with chipped, broken, misaligned or discolored teeth visit our office in need of a procedure that will improve the overall appearance of their teeth. Fortunately, Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers dental veneers in Lexington, SC for patients in need of a smile makeover!
What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are small, tooth shaped shells that are bonded to the front of an unattractive tooth to hide a number of dental flows, including:
- Broken teeth
- Misshaped or small teeth
- Stained teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps or uneven spacing between teeth
With veneers, a patient’s natural tooth remains largely intact, providing an appealing alternative to tooth extraction. There are two ideal types of veneers: composite veneers and porcelain veneers.
At Dr. Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer both composite and porcelain veneers to suit your particular needs.
Porcelain vs. Composite Veneer
While both porcelain and composite veneers offer an extremely improved appearance for your teeth, there are distinct differences between the two types of veneers.
Porcelain veneers are considered the most ideal type of veneers. These veneers can last up to 25 years, are durable and offer a close match to the shine and color of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant and rarely require maintenance or upkeep. Getting porcelain veneers can take anywhere from 3-4 office visits.
Composite veneers, also known as dental bonding, are constructed from reinforced plastic. While these veneers generally last 4 to 8 years, are more fragile, less stain resistant and prone to chipping, there are many benefits to choosing composite veneers.
Composite veneers do not require removing enamel from your natural teeth; instead, the composite resin is applied in layers to the tooth for a smooth, natural look. Additionally, composite veneers can be removed and replaced as needed, whereas porcelain veneers are irreversible.
What is the Process of Receiving Veneers?
The treatment time and process of receiving composite veneers varies from the process required for porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers can be applied in just one visit! The process requires adding the composite resin to the specific tooth in layers. This allows for a controlled and articulate result. Once applied, the resin is molded to match the surrounding teeth and bonded into place using a laser. Once the resin hardens, you are free to enjoy the results!
The process of receiving porcelain veneers generally takes two office visits. During the first visit, a small amount of enamel must be removed from the tooth. This may or may not require anesthesia, depending on the patient. Removing enamel allows for a more natural fit for your veneers.
Once the enamel is removed, an impression of the tooth is made. This impression is sent to our laboratory where your custom made veneers will be crafted. Temporary veneers will be applied to protect your teeth while your porcelain veneers are being made.
Your second visit entails removing your temporary veneers and bonding the porcelain veneers to the tooth using dental cement. Once the cement hardens, you can enjoy your natural looking, enhanced smile!