A dental veneer is a thin but durable shell-like treatment bonded to the front of teeth. Dental veneers can cover stained, crooked, and chipped teeth. Veneers are custom-made cosmetic treatments that may use many materials. However, our office provides porcelain veneers in Argyle, TX, because of the superior appearance of porcelain.
Porcelain veneers reflect light just like natural teeth. Their translucence and customizable appearance make veneers popular for patients who want aesthetically pleasing teeth.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Treat?
Many patients choose porcelain veneers because they can treat cosmetic imperfections. Porcelain veneers can cover the following:
- Black triangles
- Discolored teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gummy smiles
- Small teeth
We often recommend veneers for patients who want to treat one or more teeth that show when they smile. Veneers do not cover the back teeth because these teeth are not visible when smiling. Patients with deep tooth stains or stains that do not react to teeth whitening treatment benefit from veneers. Additionally, veneers benefit patients with small tooth gaps or slightly crooked teeth. Sometimes, patients do not require orthodontic treatment but want to change the look of their teeth.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure in Argyle, TX
Before veneer treatment, we will ensure you are in good oral health. We recommend treatment for tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental problems impacting your teeth and gums.
To prepare your teeth for veneers, we will clean and trim down your teeth. This preparation process ensures the veneers do not look or feel bulky. Tooth preparation also roughens the tooth surface to keep veneers stable. Because tooth preparation permanently changes your teeth, you must be committed to covering your teeth. Only a professional can remove and place veneers.
After tooth preparation, we take dental impressions. We send these impressions to a local dental laboratory, where technicians create the veneers. The technicians use our specifications so the veneers look and feel natural.
As you wait for your permanent veneers, we will provide temporary veneers. Once the final veneers are complete, you will return to our office. We will remove the temporary veneers and check the fit and color of the permanent veneers. To finish the veneer treatment, we will make any final adjustments before we bond the veneers to your teeth.
How to Care for Porcelain Veneers
Right after you receive your veneers, avoid eating hard or crunchy foods. Porcelain veneers are harder than tooth enamel but still prone to damage. You can clean your veneers as you would your natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent scratching your veneers. Remember to floss before brushing to remove bacterial buildup from between teeth.
We will not recommend veneers for patients who clench and grind their teeth. Teeth clenching and grinding can easily damage dental veneers. We will also not recommend veneers if patients have severe gum disease or tooth decay. Severe infections impact the stability and appearance of veneers.
Veneers Can Makeover Your Smile
Dental veneers are common treatments dentists use in smile makeovers. A smile makeover uses multiple cosmetic treatments to enhance the smile’s appearance. Veneers are valuable because they can treat various cosmetic imperfections at once. Dental veneers can make teeth appear brighter, straighter, or longer.
Treatment with porcelain veneers in our Argyle, TX, office can create a cosmetic makeover. Customized porcelain veneers create a natural look and comfortable fit.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Discover more about dental veneers with answers to these popular questions:
Are porcelain veneers expensive?
The cost of porcelain veneers depends on the number and type of veneers you choose. Cosmetic treatments like veneers are typically not covered by insurance because they are elective procedures. However, some types of insurance may cover part of the veneer cost. We will discuss the cost of your veneers during a consultation in our office to see if this treatment option fits your budget.
Is dental bonding cheaper than veneers?
Bonding can be an affordable option for patients with minor cosmetic problems. Dental bonding can cover single discolored teeth, small chips or cracks, and small gaps. Tooth bonding treatment is often cheaper than veneers because of the materials and number of treated teeth. In some cases, we may recommend bonding over veneers. However, we may recommend veneers if you want to treat all teeth in your smile line.
Can veneers get cavities?
Veneer materials themselves are unaffected by decay. However, infection can affect the teeth behind the veneers and surrounding gum tissue. Cleaning your teeth, gums, and veneers will prevent cavities. If you notice a change in the fit or comfort of your veneers, contact our dentist. You may have a dental or gum infection.
How long do veneers last?
The lifespan of your veneers depends on the type of veneers you choose and how you care for them. Porcelain laminate veneers can last fifteen or more years. Composite resin veneers last four to eight years. Other types of veneers, like Lumineers, last over ten years. Visiting the dentist regularly, brushing, and flossing help veneers last.
What is the difference between veneers and dental crowns?
Dental veneers are thin coverings that treat the front of teeth. Veneers are meant to improve the appearance of one or more teeth. Alternatively, dental crowns are caps that fully cover a tooth. Crowns help restore damaged teeth and add to existing tooth structures.
Can you whiten dental veneers?
No, you cannot whiten dental veneers. Veneers use composite or porcelain materials that do not react to active teeth-whitening ingredients. However, dental veneers are great options to cover tough tooth stains. If you have discolored, old veneers, we can recommend a replacement.
Receive Dental Veneers Today
Do you want to treat multiple cosmetic problems at once? Cover cosmetic imperfections with porcelain veneers in our Argyle, TX, dental office.
Call Argyle Family Dentistry to request a veneer consultation at 940-531-9753 . On our website, you can schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Brandon Hooper or Dr. William Jennings. Their cosmetic dentistry experience helps them provide natural-looking results for their patients.