Are you one of the many people who intentionally hide their happiness because of unwanted imperfections in their smile? Tired of being forced to grin and bear it all with unsightly gaps, chips, or misshapen teeth?
We’ve helped hundreds of patients just like you. For nearly three decades, Columbia, SC cosmetic dentist Dr. Thomas Trinkner has been using porcelain veneers to create healthy and natural-looking smiles. An Accredited Member of the AACD, Dr. Trinkner has maintained an ongoing commitment to continuing education in the latest techniques, science, and materials for improving results.
Unlike a dental crown which covers the entire tooth, a porcelain veneer is a thin ceramic shell that is bonded to the front of the affected teeth. Although dental veneers can be made from various materials, Dr. Trinkner primarily recommends porcelain restorations. Their durability and realistic appearance are unmatched. Porcelain veneers will give you straighter, brighter, and more even-looking teeth. That’s something to smile about!
Porcelain Veneers in Columbia, SC
Porcelain veneers are a popular treatment for improving the appearance of the smile. Tooth veneers are thin, translucent shells of tooth-like material. They are the ideal choice for patients who want a very natural-looking, long-lasting result. This cosmetic dentistry treatment for mild to moderate issues is a more economical solution to treatments like teeth whitening or Invisalign.
Columbia, SC cosmetic dentist Dr. Trinkner offers minimal-prep and no-prep porcelain veneer treatments. This means that very little, or no tooth structure is removed to prepare the tooth for the dental restoration. This approach preserves more of the natural tooth structure, promoting better long-term dental health. Minimal prep restorations are also natural-looking and long-lasting.
Porcelain Veneers Process
The process takes a few steps and can be done in two visits. The first visit will be an initial consultation and evaluation to see if this treatment is right for you. We will take digital impressions of your teeth to use in crafting the veneer. The dental veneer will be custom-made in a dental laboratory. On your second visit, Dr. Trinkner will strategically shave a little bit the front of the affected tooth. This will give the veneer a rough surface to be able to securely bond to the tooth. After placement, Dr. Trinkner may adjust it to perfectly match your smile.
Alternatives to porcelain veneers can include tooth bonding where Dr. Trinkner applies a composite resin to the tooth and then sculpts it into place for a virtually undetectable restoration.
Featured Porcelain Veneers Case
This patient came into our Columbia, SC dental office after his orthodontic treatment had concluded. He was concerned about the spaces between his teeth and wanted to close the gaps between his teeth. One of the main goals was that the smile be very natural-looking and the color not be too white. Dr. Trinkner designed a smile makeover that included six porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Veneer FAQ’s
Are veneers permanent?
While porcelain veneers are not completely permanent, they are a long-lasting and highly sought after option when it comes to cosmetically restoring your smile. With proper care and good oral hygiene, your veneers should last a long time. For more permanent options, it’s always best to consult with your dentist.
Do veneers feel like regular, normal teeth?
Like after many procedures, your new veneers may feel a bit foreign and strange at first. This should subside after a few weeks of healing after which point, your veneers should feel as natural as the rest of your teeth!
Can veneers be whitened?
Unfortunately, no they cannot. So it’s important to choose a color/tone that matches your smile. Likewise, you could also choose a veneer whiter than your smile and schedule an appointment with your dentist to whiten the rest of your smile to match your new veneer’s shine.
See more porcelain veneers before and after photos in our smile gallery. Call us at 803.400.8729 to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online.