Porcelain veneers can give you that bright, white, and straighter smile you’ve wanted without the need for replacing your teeth or having lengthier treatments, such as braces. Unlike options such as dentures, your teeth remain intact. To find out if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, schedule a consultation, call the office or use the online scheduler.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are thin, custom-made shells made of a tooth-colored material that covers the front surfaces of your teeth for an improved appearance. Veneers are bonded to your teeth, altering their color, shape, size, or length. While some veneers are made out of resin, the porcelain varieties provided at Carrollton Family Dental resist stains better and imitate the light-reflecting ability of natural teeth.
When are porcelain veneers used?
Porcelain veneers are used to address a variety of tooth-related concerns, such as teeth that are:
- Chipped or broken
- Misaligned, uneven, or unusually shaped
- Spaced apart with gaps
- Worn down
What is the process like?
Porcelain veneers usually require three dental visits, including a consultation and two visits for the application. Once your treatment plan is ready, the application process starts with the removal of about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the surfaces of the teeth. Your dentist numbs the area in advance, so you won’t feel uncomfortable.
Then an impression of your teeth is created and sent to a laboratory, where the veneers are created. Once the veneers are ready, which takes two to four weeks, your dentist makes sure they fit well, then permanently secures them to your teeth. Next, a special light activates chemicals in the cement for quick hardening.
Finally, your dentist removes any excess cement. You may have a follow-up visit to ensure your gums are reacting well to the veneers.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are natural-looking, and gums tolerate the material well. You can choose the desired color for the veneers, which allows for a lighter, brighter look if your natural teeth have been stained over the years. They tend to be stronger than alternatives, such as crowns, and take a lot less time than braces.
Are there any downsides?
Dental veneers are not reversible, so it’s important that you’re confident about your decision. They’re also fairly costly, and typically not covered by insurance. If you have unhealthy teeth or gum disease, you may not be a good candidate for veneers.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers typically last 7-15 years before they need to be replaced. Taking good care of your teeth and seeing your dentist regularly can help ensure longer-lasting results.
We can help you get your best smile. To get started, call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduler.