Why do so many celebrities on television and in magazines have flawless, dazzling smiles? Are they simply born this way? Not exactly; in many cases, the secret behind these perfect teeth is a special kind of cosmetic restoration called a veneer. Dr. Song has plenty of experience using veneers to hide all manner of dental issues, including cracks and other kinds of damage. If you think you’re ready for a smile makeover, call Bridlewood Dental today and schedule a consultation to learn more about porcelain veneers in Flower Mound, TX and the dramatic changes they can make!
Unlike a crown that’s made to cover an entire tooth, a veneer is only attached to the front. It’s normally made of a very thin tooth-colored material. Porcelain is often used because it doesn’t stain very easily and can reflect light in a way that makes it very similar to tooth enamel. Veneers can also be made from resin, which also produces natural-looking results.
If veneers are simply placed on the teeth without prior preparations, they can end up looking very bulky. Thus, it’s normally necessary to remove some of the tooth’s structure before the placement procedure. Keep in mind that this is an irreversible change.
Veneers don’t require any special kind of care, and you won’t need too much time to recover after they’ve been placed in your mouth. You can continue eating and chewing as you normally would, although you should wait for anesthetics used during the procedure to wear off completely first.
When considering different cosmetic options, we need to consider how extensive the desired changes are before selecting the most efficient treatment plan. Oftentimes, if we have a patient that wants multiple improvements at once, we’ll recommend dental implants as a highly versatile solution. Veneers can be used in the following situations:
With the right number of veneers, any number of these flaws can be addressed simultaneously.
The first step is to plan your treatment. Your participation is key at this point, as we’ll need you to tell us exactly what you want to see in your new smile. We might need to take X-rays or an impression of your mouth. Once we’ve decided that you’re a candidate for veneers, we can start by making the necessary preparations. An amount of enamel equal to the thickness of the veneers themselves will be removed from the appropriate teeth. A new impression is taken at this point, and you may be given temporary veneers to hide your teeth. In the meantime, a dental laboratory will be designing your veneers over the next 2 to 4 weeks.
At your next appointment, we’ll check the fit and color of the veneers and make any appropriate last-minute changes. Then the teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched before a special cement is applied. The veneer is placed on the tooth, and the cement is hardened under special light.
Not everyone needs to have the same number of veneers placed to create their dream smile. Will you need just one restoration or enough to cover an entire arch? The answer generally depends heavily on the situation; keep in mind that the result needs to look balanced and natural, which is why we need to be very selective about which teeth do or don’t need a veneer.
For example, suppose you have injured a single tooth and want to hide the damage. In that case, all you need is a single veneer. On the other hand, if you’re looking to brighten your smile, then you’ll most likely require enough veneers for every visible tooth.
It goes without saying that getting additional veneers will cost more. Rest assured that Dr. Song will always opt for the most conservative treatment option available to save time and money (as well as natural tooth structure).
The average lifespan of veneers is about 7 to 15 years, but it’s not unheard for them to last even longer if you give them the right kind of care. Porcelain veneers do tend to be much more durable compared to resin veneers, although both kinds will need to be replaced sooner or later.
To keep your veneers around for as long as possible, you should follow any care instructions we give you as closely as possible. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind:
Do you want to limit the changes made to your natural teeth? Or are you thinking that you may want to have your veneers removed at some point? In these cases, it helps to have an alternative to traditional veneers.
Lumineers are about as thin as contact lenses. This means we can place them on the teeth without removing enamel or using temporary veneers, speeding up the process considerably. If they need to be removed at some point in the future, they can come off with minimal damage to the teeth.
Both veneers and Lumineers have a number of pros and cons to consider. Veneers last longer, hide the tooth better, and are generally more effective at correcting the damage done by staining and tooth decay. On the other hand, Lumineers require no trimming of the natural teeth and are generally less costly. You need to weigh these factors carefully before moving forward with your treatment.
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