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Are Veneers Right for You?

Are Veneers Right for You?

If you want a truly breathtaking smile there’s one option you have to consider: veneers.

Dental veneers can give almost anyone the smile they’ve always dreamed of in just a few visits to the Stanley Dentistry office. Take a look at our Smile Gallery and you’ll see why we love these things so much. Veneers are incredible and life-changing but what exactly are they and what does the “prep” entail in “no-prep veneers”?

What are Veneers?

Without going into too much dental jargon, veneers are thin (but strong) coverings that your dentist places over the front of your teeth. These coverings give your smile a more aesthetically pleasing shape and color. Veneers are under the “cosmetic dentistry” umbrella and are perfect for those with chipped, crooked, stained, or misshapen teeth. Patients who get them often report hardly noticing their pearly white additions after a few months. Once they’re on, they look and feel just as natural as healthy, white enamel.

Typically, veneers come in two different materials: composite resin or porcelain. Here at Stanley Dentistry, our cosmetic dentistry expert, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, uses porcelain veneers for their natural stain resistant properties.       

No-Prep Veneers
One of our no-prep veneers patients post-op

Should I Get Veneers?

Before you decide to ask your dentist about getting veneers, there are a few things you need to know. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure which means they won’t help serious dental problems such as tooth decay. They also won’t help periodontal disease. If you’re having any kind of oral pain, make sure to talk to your dentist about it before starting a conversation about veneers.

Dr. Bobbi Stanley uses a shade guide to find the perfect color for her patient’s veneers

Another thing you’ll need to think about is how many veneers you want to get. This depends mostly on your needs and your budget. If you have one chipped tooth, your dentist can place a single veneer for a significantly lower price than a full mouth of veneers. However, if all of your front teeth are badly stained (and you’ve already tried whitening), the most expensive option might be your only option. With that being said, Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC offers payment plans for those who wish to use them.

Dental veneers

To Prep or Not to Prep

If you choose to get veneers, you’ll have to decide whether you want prep or no-prep veneers. While both options will give you a great smile, no-preps offer a less permanent solution. Unlike prep veneers, no-prep veneers are easy to remove and don’t require the removal of any enamel. They pop on over your teeth and, as the name suggests, require no prep.

When getting traditional veneers, your dentist will have to shave off a very thin layer of your natural enamel in order to make room for them. If you plan on having them for the rest of your life (which entails replacing them every fifteen to twenty years), these are a great choice. However, if you’re unsure whether you want to keep your veneers forever, no-preps may be a better alternative.

When deciding which kind of veneers are right for you, make sure to consult your dentist. The shape of your mouth has a lot to do with which type you should choose. Here at Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC, our doctors consider numerous factors when choosing the best type of veneer for our patients.

Get the Smile You Deserve

The truth is in the photos — and we have tons of them. Check out our page on veneers and our Smile Gallery to see some of our favorite before and after photos.

If veneers sound like the right decision for you, schedule an appointment with Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC today. Our veneers expert, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, has placed thousands of veneers and know the best and most effective methods. In only a few short visits, you’ll have a perfect smile!

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