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Dental veneers are shells made out of either porcelain or composite resin material. They are bonded to the teeth and blend in nicely. Veneers match the shade and color of your natural teeth, giving patients that perfect natural looking white smile.
Typically, veneers are used for patients that have misshapen, stained, uneven, or chipped teeth. Veneers are not permanent, but they are durable, and last between 10-15 years. The life of veneers depends on how much wear and tear they face over time.
Many people have had veneers done in the past. They may be leaking with dark lines around the edged. They may have chipped. They may be tap dark. The concept of an ideal color and look has changed over the years. Most old veneers are too dark and lack life-like translucency and color variation.
It is not as difficult as you would think to remove them and make beautiful new veneers.
A single tooth supported by an implant is often the best choice. Adjacent teeth are not affected and the area can be easily cleaned.
Patients that have discoloration from multiple dental procedures are typically good candidates for veneers. In addition, patients that have stains from food, or prescription drugs can also benefit from veneers. Veneers can be used to create an even smile, close gaps between teeth, and look natural in the mouth. Gum tissue tolerates porcelain veneers very well, and veneers are stain resistant which helps to keep them bright white.
Veneers typically take more than one appointment in our office. We require a preliminary consultation to discuss each patient’s goals, and to determine a customized treatment plan. Our team will take x-rays to help us review your teeth in detail, and determine what type of veneers are best.
When patients return to our office, a portion of the tooth enamel is removed to prepare the teeth for the veneers. Molds of your teeth are taken, and are sent out to a lab to prepare the veneers. Once the veneers are ready, our team ensure the veneers fit properly. We also check the color to ensure they match perfectly with your natural teeth.
The teeth are thoroughly cleaned to ensure the veneer adheres properly to the tooth’s surface. A special cement material is used to place the veneers on the teeth. An ultraviolet light is used to harden and help set the veneer quickly. The veneer process takes a few weeks to complete, and patients should expect multiple appointments.
Once the veneers have been placed, we require patients to return to our office for a follow up visit. This is to ensure the veneers are still looking and feeling great. Veneers are a less extensive procedure, and are not invasive, making this a great choice for many patients seeking a bright white smile.
Our cosmetic dentist to “quarterback” the whole procedure.
These four specialists insure a great outcome. We also utilize three assistants to make sure everything runs smoothly. It usually takes most of a day to achieve this with all seven people just working on you.
Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are durable, and are made out of ceramic. These veneers can be matched exactly to the shade of your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneer used because of the ability to really customize the veneer to best fit your teeth. Porcelain veneers preserve as much of your existing tooth as possible, and give patients a long lasting smile.
Lumineers: Lumineers are another type of porcelain veneer that can help to improve a patient’s smile. This type of veneer requires minimal tooth preparation, and the material is thinner and easily applied compared to traditional porcelain veneers. Placement of lumineers can be done without injections or anesthesia, and give patients the same benefits and long lasting results.
Composite Resin: Composite resin veneers give the same results and benefits compared to traditional porcelain veneers. This type of veneer helps with chips, teeth length, and gaps between teeth. Composite resin veneers are less expensive, making this a budget friendly choice for patients. The life of a composite resin veneer is not as long as traditional porcelain veneers. Composite resin veneers are applied in a similar fashion with minimal tooth preparation.
Zirconia: Zirconia veneers are typically used for patients that have severely decayed or damaged teeth. This type of veneer is helpful for patients that are looking for an option that is stronger than porcelain veneers. Zirconia is typically used for back teeth, and this type of material can add strength to teeth to prevent wear and tear.
The results are truly life changing.
I have seen, delivered, and remade thousands of veneers over the years. The biggest failures are usually due to overbulked veneers, or veneers that do not look natural and are “toilet bowl” white. Natural teeth have variations in color within the tooth, warmth, translucency and texture. The biggest compliment is… “What did you do? You look soo much younger.” Not… “Oh, you had your teeth done”.
If you are interested in finding out how you may benefit from veneers, contact The Houston Dentists Tanglewood to schedule your consultation