What Are Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, which may also be called dental veneers, are a very thin custom-made shell that fits around your teeth to improve their appearance. These Dental Veneers shells are usually made of porcelain or resin to change the shape, color, length, or size of your teeth.
These shells are permanently bonded to your natural teeth to keep them comfortable as well as beautiful. Porcelain veneers resist food and other types of stains and look more like natural teeth than do different types of veneers.
What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are made custom to fit each individual tooth. These veneers have many benefits for many patients, such as:
- They last a long time due to their strength
- The surface looks like a natural tooth
- Dentists have to remove less enamel from the tooth than we would with a cap or crown (some enamel might be removed to make the veneers look as natural as possible)
- They do not easily stain
Many people who choose to go with porcelain veneers are thrilled with their decision due to the natural look and lasting quality of their veneers.
Why Get Dental Veneers?
You might consider using dental veneers if you have:
- Unsightly, discolored teeth.
- Teeth that are worn down.
- Chipped or broken teeth.
- Teeth that aren’t aligned correctly or have an irregular shape.
- Gaps between your teeth.
You’ll need three trips to the dentist to have dental veneers placed. The first appointment is for the consultation, the second is for creating the best veneers, and the third trip to the dentist is to apply the veneers to your teeth. The entire process for applying dental veneers should look like this:
- Diagnosis and Planning. At Toothbar we conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth’ overall health. We will examine your teeth to see if your goals can be reached using veneers.
- Preparation. During the next office visit, our Austin dentist makes impressions of your teeth. These impressions get sent off to the lab to make your veneers. The veneers should return to the office for placement in about two to four weeks.
- Bonding the veneers. We will examine fit and color for proper fit before we apply the veneers. We prepare your teeth and then apply a unique glue which will permanently bond the veneers to your teeth. Once properly position we will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer which activates the glue to harden. There may be a need for a follow-up to assess the veneer’s placement.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
After we consult with you and you decide to move forward with veneers, we will first make impressions of your mouth, as discussed above. We will also work with you to determine which shade of veneer will best match the rest of your teeth. Once we receive the veneers, we will review the color and fit to make sure it looks natural and is exactly what you want. We are always happy to make any adjustments, as we want each patient to be as happy as possible with their new smile.
When the veneers are exactly right, and you return to the office, we will clean your teeth and bond the veneers to your existing teeth. We allow the glue to harden, and you can take some time to decide whether you love your veneers as-is, or whether you might want some small adjustments. At your follow-up appointment, we will also assess whether the placement of the veneers is exactly right, and we can then make any necessary adjustments.
Are Veneers the Right Choice for You?
While veneers are a top choice to improve the look of your smile, they are not necessarily right for every patient wanting cosmetic dental work. Some things to consider include:
- Our dentists must make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy and in the right condition to get veneers. If you need treatment for decay or disease, we can take care of that first and then place your veneers later.
- We will ask many questions prior to placing veneers, one of which is whether you grind or clench your teeth. Sometimes, veneers are not the right solution for grinders or clenchers because the thin veneer layer can break or chip. If we decide to move forward with veneers, we can recommend the proper night guard to protect the veneers and your overall dental health.
- Know that it might be necessary to remove a small amount of enamel to make the veneers fit perfectly and naturally on your teeth. While this is generally not a problem, it is irreversible and something to consider.
- While porcelain veneers are strong and our professionals do the highest-quality job of bonding them to your teeth, veneers do have the potential to come loose over time, and you might need to have one or more replaced in the future.
It is important to make the right decision when it comes to choosing the best veneers. Feel free to discuss all of your options, concerns, and expectations with our team before you settle on this route.
Dental Veneers Before And After
When you first get your veneers placed, it can take some time to get used to them. Some people take a couple of days to grow accustomed to how veneers feel in their mouth. Give it time, but also never hesitate to bring it up with our team if something just doesn’t feel right. This might include your bite feeling off, and our dentists can adjust the placement of the veneers to ensure your mouth is comfortable.
Also, it is important to remember that it is possible for porcelain veneers to crack or chip. You should avoid anything that puts unnecessary pressure on your veneers, such as biting your nails, ice, pens, or other hard objects.
Finally, proper dental care is ALWAYS important, and this is even more true after you get your dental veneers. You should schedule and keep regular dental appointments, as well as keeping up with daily brushing and flossing at home for the healthiest teeth and gums possible. You can still develop gum problems or cavities with veneers, so proper dental hygiene and professional care are as important as ever to keep your teeth shining!
Contact our Dental Veneers Specialists in Austin Texas
We know that the world gets its first impression of you through your appearance, and more importantly, through your welcoming smile. Toothbar is a dental center located in Austin, Texas. We are committed to providing Austin cosmetic dentistry to give the people in your world the best first impression of you possible.
If you think that veneers might be the answer to your smile woes, don’t wait to schedule a consultation appointment with our Austin dental veneer specialists at Toothbar. Call 512.949.8202 or contact us online today! best veneers in Austin, TX.