Veneers Specialist

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA -  - Dentist

VP Dental

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA

Dentist located in Raleigh, NC

Porcelain veneers can give you a beautiful, radiant, and natural-looking smile. Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA, at VP Dental in Raleigh, North Carolina, can enhance your smile with veneers customized to your tooth size and color. Contact the office today, or book an appointment online to learn how veneers can boost your smile and confidence.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Made of thin porcelain, veneers are shells that cover your teeth. They can help brighten your smile and hide problems like stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth.

You can use veneers on any of your teeth. Because they are made of porcelain, they look and feel like your natural teeth. When you have veneers, you’ll be able to brush, floss, chew, and drink as you normally would, while also enjoying a more radiant smile.

Am I a candidate for veneers?

Almost everyone can enjoy a brighter smile with veneers. However, you may not be a good candidate for veneers if you:

  • Experience bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Suffer from gum disease
  • Have weak teeth
  • Have severe over- or underbites

These conditions may put your veneers at risk for cracking. It’s better to have great dental health before applying veneers. If you aren’t a candidate for veneers, Dr. Preston can help you find other smile solutions.

How do dentists place veneers?

Placing veneers takes two dental appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Preston and her team take off a very thin layer of enamel (the surface of your teeth) so that your veneers fit snugly and naturally onto your teeth.

Then, a member of the team takes an impression of your teeth. This impression ensures your veneers are custom-shaped to fit your teeth.

During this appointment, you can personally select the color and size of your veneers. You may choose a brighter white than your natural teeth or slightly larger veneers to help you enjoy a perfect smile line (the line along the bottom of your upper teeth that aligns with your lower lip).

In your second appointment, Dr. Preston applies your veneers. You’ll see instant results and be able to enjoy your new smile immediately.

How do I take care of my veneers?

Your veneers look and act like normal teeth. By treating them well, you can enjoy them for up to 10 years. You need to keep up with great dental care, such as:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Attending twice-yearly dental cleanings
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding red wine or coffee which can stain teeth

Because veneers are made of thin porcelain, they are slightly more likely to crack than your natural teeth. You need to chew carefully and avoid chewing on non-food items like pen caps. If your veneers do crack, Dr. Preston can replace them.

At VP Dental in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Preston specializes in providing cosmetic dentistry, including veneers. She can help you enjoy a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Contact the office, or schedule an appointment for your veneer consultation.