In life, most people do not have the “perfect smile”. You may have a gap here or there. You may have a chipped tooth. Your teeth could be permanently stained from a reaction to tetracycline in your youth.
At Clear Lake Dental Care, we use porcelain veneers to mask cosmetic imperfections and give our patients a dazzling, perfect smile.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain applied to the front side of your natural teeth to alter the tooth shape, color, and size. Porcelain veneers are an effective option for covering imperfections.
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Advantages of porcelain veneers
Porcelain Veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like the patient’s teeth. The main advantages of porcelain veneers include:
- They are extremely natural looking
- They are resistant to future staining
Additionally, there is no tooth reduction needed in the manner of composite resin, which takes up considerably more bulk and volume once applied. Two or three appointments may be required for this process.
What Concerns Can Veneers Fix?
At Clear Lake Dental Care, we use porcelain veneers to improve various imperfections of our patients’ teeth. Veneers can
- Cover chips
- Cover teeth stained in the dentin (interior)
- Revitalize the tooth surface
- Close gaps
- Mask alignment issues
- Change the shape of a tooth
- Cover cracks and worn teeth
- Provide an alternative to orthodontic movement
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“My dental heath before I came into Dr. Das at Clear Lake Dental wasn’t so great. I had a lot of cavities and irritation and sensitivity in my mouth. When I came in the staff was so comforting and helpful in every way possible. I recommended my whole family and they al love Clear Lake Dental as well. Dr. Das does an amazing job at keeping you relaxed and pain free. I will definitely continue to refer others here.” – N.T.
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You need must remember that porcelain veneers are a cosmetic improvement of your teeth. They do not correct underlying problems such as decay, serious cracks, or gum disease. If your teeth have these problems they need to be addressed and corrected first. Otherwise, if your teeth are in good shape, just about anyone is a good candidate for porcelain veneers at Clear Lake Dental Care.
Why Should I choose porcelain For My Veneers?
Our doctors create our veneers from the finest dental porcelain. Some dentists offer composite resin veneers because they are less expensive. But we only use porcelain because of its high strength, hardness, glassiness, durability, and resistance to staining. Plus, we find the translucence of porcelain very closely mirrors that of natural tooth enamel.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure At Clear Lake Dental Care
At Clear Lake Dental, the process of placing Porcelain veneers require two appointments, but you will still be going home with a beautiful smile after just one. Here’s how we do it. First, we clean your teeth to remove any stains in the enamel. We may opt to do some whitening to be sure your teeth are returned to their natural color. Then we use a shade guide to select the porcelain to use for your veneers. Next, we prepare the front surface of each tooth that will receive a veneer. This involves shaving off a tiny amount of the surface enamel to make room for the veneers. Generally, this is from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm.
Now we take a series of impressions and other measurements of your prepared teeth. These impressions are then sent to a lab where the porcelain restorations will be created. You will leave our office with beautiful, temporary veneers while the permanent veneers are being created.
Once the veneers are finished, we check the fit and color match with your adjacent natural teeth. Then we permanently cement the veneers to your teeth and you’re good to go out and show the world your new perfect smile.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
At our office in Webster, TX, we offer financing for porcelain veneers. The cost of veneers can vary depending on the complexity of the case. For example, if the procedure requires reshaping the gum tissue or if the patient needs multiple veneers. We encourage patients to come in for a consultation to see if they are a good candidate and to discuss the cost of treatment. We have financing options available for patients who would like to make payments for their new smile.
Results Of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers have a lifespan of between seven and 20 years. The health of your underlying teeth and gums will likely dictate how long your veneers last. If you take good care of your teeth, your veneers should last at least a decade.
Veneers are not a reversible procedure because we need to shave off some of the enamel on the teeth receiving veneers to make room for them. Therefore, these teeth will always need to be covered by a veneer, so once your veneers reach their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set made and attached.
Dental Crowns Vs. Veneers
A dental crown covers the entire tooth. It’s typically made of porcelain or porcelain along with other restorative materials. Veneers are also made of porcelain but they only cover one side of the tooth’s surface instead of fitting around the entire tooth. Typically veneers are used to correct cosmetic concerns.
Caring for your new Porcelain veneers
Veneers don’t require any special cleaning or hygiene, just regular brushing and flossing. You may keep in mind that, while you can eat anything you want with your veneers, you may want to avoid things such as chewing on bones, candy apples, or biting into really sticky foods, as veneers can occasionally detach. If this does happen, it is easy to reattach the veneer.
How many Veneers do I need?
When you visit Clear Lake Dental Care & Implant Center, you can expect your dentist to spend a good amount of time listening to your concerns and objectives. Your smile is unique, and your treatment plan must be tailored to that. The number of veneers you may need will depend on what you want to accomplish. The use of a single porcelain veneer to cover a tough stain or other cosmetic flaw on one tooth is enough to transform the smile in some cases.
Does the process hurt?
No. Porcelain veneer treatment does involve the slight reduction of surface enamel in the teeth we will cover. For this step, your dentist may administer local anesthetic to the area so you do not feel any discomfort from the vibration of the dental instrument. After your teeth have been prepared through this minor reduction, you may experience some degree of sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers taken as directed. Once your porcelain veneers are in place, sensitivity should resolve over time.
What happens if one of my veneers comes off?
Veneers are made to be replaceable so do not have a permanent bond. The downside to this is that they are not made to withstand extraordinary pressure or twisting. Veneers sometimes do come off. If you lose a veneer, rinse it off and place it in a safe space. If the veneer is not compromised, we may be able to replace it with a new bonding material. Just contact our office and we’ll schedule an appointment for you right away.
What can I eat and what foods should I avoid?
You may need to make a few alterations to your diet or oral care habits once you have porcelain veneers to ensure that they do not break, come loose, or stain. Generally, dentists recommend that patients avoid: Bone-in meats like chicken wings. Ice. Chewy or sticky candies (chew with back teeth only). Alcohol and acidic foods, fruits, and beverages should be limited or avoided because they can break down the bonding material more quickly. Foods and beverages that can stain the teeth can eventually cause discoloration in porcelain veneers. Your dentist does not expect you to avoid all foods that could degrade your veneers. Some good practices that can protect your new smile include cutting foods up into small pieces so you do not have to bite them, and rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking something that could cause discoloration, such as tea or coffee.
How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?
Your dentist has the precise training and experience to match your veneers to adjacent teeth. If you need only one or two veneers but want a brighter smile, your dentist may recommend teeth whitening treatment before your new veneers are made. This allows them to match the new shade of your teeth with your veneers.
What habits should I avoid or stop?
Because porcelain veneers are bonded only to the front surface of teeth, they are vulnerable to chips and fracture. They can also fall off if they are put under extraordinary stress. When your veneers are placed, you must be mindful about avoiding biting on hard objects such as fingernails, ice, or pen caps. Do not open packages with your teeth, even paper packages.