No one has a 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?
What problems can be addressed with porcelain veneers?
At Clear Lake Dental Care, we use porcelain veneers to improve various imperfections on 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
Who is a good candidate to have porcelain veneers?
Why are Clear Lake veneers made from porcelain?
What is the procedure for placing porcelain veneers?
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 all of 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 do I care for my porcelain veneers?
How long will my veneers last?
Porcelain veneers have a lifespan of between seven and 20 years. Why such a range? 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.It is important to note that having veneers is not a reversible procedure. This is because we need to shave off some of the enamel on the teeth receiving veneers to make room for them. These teeth will always need to be covered by a veneer (or a crown), so once your veneers reach their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set made and attached.