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The surfaces of your teeth are covered with durable tooth enamel. This is a biologically generated mineral substance known to have microscopic pores. When you consume dark foods and beverages, or if you occasionally use tobacco products it can cause tiny dark particles to adhere to the surfaces of your tooth enamel.

As this starts to happen the dental stain can slowly penetrate the pores of your tooth enamel causing significant dental stains. In a situation like this, you could choose to have Dr. Derek C. Barnes perform a dental bleaching treatment or to restore the faces of your teeth with dental veneers.

These are thin porcelain shells created in a dental lab by highly trained dental technicians. The special porcelain material will mimic the appearance of naturally white tooth enamel. The dental veneers won’t be as receptive to future dental stains. This will make it easy to maintain your white and appealing smile.

If an old dental filling, new cavity, or defect in the tooth enamel has compromised one of your teeth, Dr. Derek C. Barnes might recommend restoring it with a porcelain dental crown. This will fully replace the tooth’s entire enamel layer with the same dental porcelain material used in the veneers.

When the dental veneers are ready a member of Dr. Derek C. Barnes’s staff will call you to set up a second appointment. A small amount of natural tooth enamel will be removed from each tooth in your smile before Dr. Derek C. Barnes cements the corresponding dental veneer in place.

If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you are struggling to deal with an unappealing smile, you should call 704-849-6700 to talk to a staff member at Derek C. Barnes, DMD about dental veneers.