Veneers Specialist

Burley Dentistry

Erika V. Burley, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlotte, NC

When you admire the perfect, gleaming smile of a celebrity, you are most likely admiring a set of veneers — celebrities have long known that dental veneers can transform your smile. At Burley Cosmetic Dentistry, a gorgeous smile is possible, no matter your level of fame and fortune. Dr. Erika Burley helps men and women from in and around Charlotte, North Carolina, find their absolute best smiles using dental veneers. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment using the easy online tool.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are incredibly thin “shells” that cover the front portion of your teeth. Veneers can address a number of different issues, including:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Misalignment
  • Gapped teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down

How are dental veneers applied?

The process of getting dental veneers begins with a comprehensive dental exam. If there are any areas of decay, Dr. Burley must complete the necessary restorative work before installing veneers.

The next step involves removing a very small portion of your tooth enamel so that the veneers will fit properly. This is usually around a half millimeter, which is approximately the same thickness as the veneers. You might need numbing medication during this portion of the process.

Next, Dr. Burley makes a set of impressions of your upper and lower bite. This information allows the lab to create custom veneers that fit perfectly over your teeth, and don’t interfere with your bite.

You may receive temporary veneers to wear until your new ones arrive from the dental lab, which could take 2-4 weeks. Once they’ve arrived, you’ll return to allow Dr. Burley to place them.

During your placement appointment, Dr. Burley checks each veneer for fit and color. If needed, she trims the veneers to create the optimal shape, and can adjust the shade of your new veneers using pigmented cement.

Once each veneer is properly shaped, Dr. Burley cleans, polishes, and etches the surface of your tooth to create the perfect surface for adhesion. Each veneer is carefully cemented into position, and a concentrated beam of light helps to harden the cement.

How long will my new veneers last?

Dental veneers are crafted to remain durable for anywhere from 7-10 years. After that point, you need to have new veneers applied.

Your habits and oral hygiene practices can impact the length of time your new veneers will last. It’s important to remember that your veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain — while very strong, they can crack or break if placed under heavy pressure.

Take care not to bite down on hard substances or use your teeth as tools. If you have habits like chewing on pencils, your nails, or ice, make an effort to stop. If your veneers become chipped or broken, it’s usually not possible to repair them, and a replacement veneer will have to be made for the affected tooth. No matter what, Dr. Burley can help.

If you’re ready to enjoy a camera-ready smile, contact the Burley Cosmetic Dentistry office today.