Dr. John C. Cranham is a highly respected and renowned cosmetic dentist in Norfolk, VA. At his state-of-the-art office, he delivers unsurpassed general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry, including porcelain veneers. He uses his vast experience and expansive knowledge to create healthy, natural-looking smiles.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are popular cosmetic dental treatments that are used to straighten, reshape or brighten teeth. They are ideal for people who can not achieve a whiter smile with teeth whitening treatments at our Norfolk, VA dentist office. They are custom made in a dental lab and look just like your natural teeth.
These ultra-thin, shell-like coverings for your teeth are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. The medical grade material offers advanced treatment to meet your cosmetic needs and durable results that will resist stains. Considered a permanent dental restoration, porcelain veneers can be used to address:
- aging teeth that have worn down
- broken or chipped teeth
- stained, discolored or yellowed teeth
- stained, unsightly or washed-out fillings
- misshapen or crooked teeth that do not need orthodontic treatment
- gaps between teeth
The Porcelain Veneer Process
The porcelain veneer process involves several steps from treatment planning to final placement. Norfolk VA cosmetic dentist, Dr. John C. Cranham will meet with you to evaluate your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals during your consultation to be sure that the final result meets your needs and supports your long term oral health. He’ll go over the details of the procedure and help you plan your new look.
At the next visit, Dr. Cranham will prepare the teeth to be treated by removing a minimal amount of tooth surface structure (about one half of a millimeter) for optimal, comfortable placement of the veneers. Enamel removal sometimes requires a small amount of local anesthesia, but many patients need no numbing.
Dental impressions will then be taken to be used in fabricating your porcelain veneers. The impressions are sent to a trusted lab where a skilled ceramist will make your veneers by hand. Your completed restorations will be ready in approximately two to three weeks.
Once your custom-made and color matched veneers are ready, we will permanently secure them and make any necessary adjustments for fit. He can adjust veneer color by tinting the bonding material. Once the color meets your approval, Dr. Cranham will clean your tooth to ensure a tight bond with the veneer. He’ll use bonding cement and a special light to permanently affix your veneers and revitalize your smile.
Regular dental visits for preventive care will provide the opportunity for your dentist to monitor the condition of your veneers, spotting and addressing any damage to maximize the longevity of your new smile. With good oral hygiene and proper routine dental care, your porcelain veneers can last for many years.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you are interested in getting porcelain veneers at our Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area dentist office, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cranham. He will discuss your cosmetic goals and budget concerns to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.