Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can treat many different cosmetic issues, such as chipped, discolored, or smaller than average teeth. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory.

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Should I Get Veneers?

Here are the most common reasons to get veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What Does Getting Porcelain Veneers Involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond. You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Dental veneers can last 10-30 years with reasonable precautions. You can eat anything you want, but be careful for hard candy and other hard foods as dental veneers are not indestructible. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very, however, durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Veneers VS Crowns

Porcelain veneers are primarily used for aesthetic purposes. This restoration looks very much like an artificial fingernail or shell. Veneers can improve the appearance and function of your front teeth, but will not repair them. These fabricated covers are designed to fit over your front teeth and slightly overlap its edges for a secure fit.

A crown, on the other hand, can look just like a veneer but is actually a restoration that restores a cracked or broken tooth. These crowns are designed to cover weaker or more damaged teeth and protect them from further trauma. Veneers are thinner than crowns. This means that the Mesa dentist will need to remove more tooth structures during their initial appointment. This applies to your entire tooth, including the sides and back.

Veneers in North Richland Hills, TX

Do you have cosmetic dental issues, such as chipped, discolored, or smaller than average teeth? At Woodland Hills Dental we can help restore your smile! If you have questions about veneers or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.