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How Are Veneers Made, and Can Veneers Be Whitened?

August 15, 2021
Posted By: East Cooper Smiles
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Dental veneers in Charleston, SC can be made from materials like resin or porcelain. But in our dental office, we rely on quality porcelain for the most natural-looking finish.

Porcelain veneers, similar restorations, and prosthetics cannot be whitened. However, you can whiten your teeth before veneers, allowing you to choose a lighter color. Our professional teeth whitening can dramatically lift tooth stains and brighten your smile.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are strips designed to look like natural tooth enamel. Your dentist cements these thin but strong shells to the fronts of teeth to conceal tooth flaws like:

  • Slightly misaligned teeth
  • Short or worn teeth
  • Midline issues
  • Gummy smiles
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Small chips
  • Tooth gaps

You can choose either one veneer or several. You can also use veneers as part of a smile makeover that may include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth bonding
  • Dental implants

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Before approving any cosmetic option, our dentist provides a comprehensive consultation that may include x-rays, a health history, and a chat with you about your smile objectives. Therefore, your candidacy is based on consultation findings.

We also encourage you to ask questions during the consultation and anytime thereafter.

If veneers are right for you, your dentist removes a negligible amount of enamel from the teeth you want to treat. This allows the veneers to flush snuggly to your teeth and not bulk out.

However, your dentist will remind you that veneers are permanent cosmetic options. Meaning, if you damage a veneer, it’s important to have it replaced. With proper care, your veneers can last for many years and possibly even for life.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Charleston, SC

To learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options and arrange your consultation, we encourage you to contact our dental office today. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted.

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