WHAT ARE PORCELAIN Veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are made custom for each patient by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of the teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely transform your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and are often the ideal solution in treating many common cosmetic flaws. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful, long-lasting smile. At Evolution Dentistry, our team is pleased to offer the latest in cosmetic dentistry services and techniques.
What are the benefits?
Individuals shouldn't have to continue with damaged, defective, or dysfunctional teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great procedure for Houston, TX people who want to gain from many, including:
- Prevention of discoloration or staining
- Minimal enamel shaping required for placement
- Little maintenance needed besides regular dental hygiene habits
- Improved function and appearance that you will be able to enjoy for a long time
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Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ideal for improving or covering cosmetic flaws like gaps, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, or stains caused by food and beverages. Although veneers may be used to treat different kinds of cosmetic flaws, not everyone is a candidate for treatment. Patients who grind their teeth should avoid veneers because excessive pressure will crack or break them. The trained professionals at Evolution Dentistry will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and gums to determine if veneers are the best option for your dental goals.
WHY DO PEOPLE GET Porcelain Veneers?
There are a number of reasons why patients get porcelain veneers. Some cosmetic imperfections that veneers can address include:
- 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 our team. 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 help give longevity to your veneers.
What to Expect after Porcelain Veneers
Since porcelain veneers do not require general anesthesia, you can return to your normal daily activities soon after your appointment. You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods for a few days, but any side effects are minor and temporary. Patients at Evolution Dentistry can care for their veneers with regular brushing and flossing. Try to avoid staining food and drinks to keep your veneers as bright as possible. Continue to schedule regular dental examinations in Houston, TX so we can continue to monitor your oral health. We can let you know if your veneers need to be replaced or repaired.
Porcelain veneers FAQs
How do you clean porcelain veneers?
Veneers can be cleaned with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Patients can even use mouthwash, floss, and a water flosser on the teeth and around the gumline as needed. Patients at Evolution Dentistry should be careful not to brush too hard or use harsh cleaners on any of their dental work.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last for 10 years or more if they are kept in good condition. Patients should continue to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings to ensure that their veneers stay in good condition for years to come. Please call our dental clinic in Houston, TX, if you notice any changes to your veneers.
What can damage porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be damaged and need to be handled with care. It's best to avoid biting down on hard objects like chips or ice. Patients can also chip or fracture their veneers if they grind their teeth at night. This is called bruxism and is a common problem. Schedule an appointment to discuss habits that could damage your dental work.
FOR A WHITER, BRIGHTER SMILE
Porcelain veneers are a reliable way to achieve a brighter, straighter, healthier smile. Schedule a consultation with one of our team members at Evolution Dentistry in Houston, TX to find out if you could be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
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