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?
If you think of the use of veneers in furniture, the concept is similar when referring to dental 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.
Benefits of Choosing porcelain veneers
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
candidates for veneers
You need to 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 choose porcelain?
At Clear Lake Dental Care, we 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 veneers procedure
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.
Porcelain veneers Results
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.
Maintaining my new 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.
Porcelain Veneers Cost
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.