Porcelain Veneers Conceal Flaws for a Brighter, More Youthful Smile
If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth and wish to conceal minor cosmetic flaws, we can provide porcelain veneers at our Irving, TX, practice. At Kids and Grownups Dental, Joshua Lee, DDS and John Lee, DDS, MSD, can attach thin porcelain shells to the front of your teeth to conceal a variety of aesthetic flaws, such as gaps or discoloration. Veneers can even reshape your teeth and correct minor orthodontic issues. With our personalized care and attention to detail, you can feel great about your smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
There are few cosmetic dentistry procedures as comprehensive as porcelain veneers. In one treatment, you can experience the benefits of teeth whitening, dental crowns, and orthodontics. At Kids and Grownups Dental, our veneers are fabricated using high-quality dental porcelain. This material is semi-translucent and can mimic the reflective qualities of your natural teeth, making your porcelain veneers virtually indistinguishable from enamel. Veneers are also more stain resistant than your natural teeth, meaning the results last much longer than with teeth whitening alone.
Many patients find their veneers promote good dental hygiene, as they strive to maintain the appearance of their beautifully enhanced smile.
In addition to the cosmetic benefits, veneers can boost your overall oral health as well. While veneers cannot restore a severely damaged tooth, they can provide a certain level of strength and support. Many patients find their veneers promote good dental hygiene, as they strive to maintain the appearance of their beautifully enhanced smile.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?
Porcelain veneers can effectively address an array of cosmetic issues, including:
- Internal dental stains that do not respond to teeth whitening
- Chips or cracks, as long as the damage has not weakened the structure of your tooth
- Dental erosion
- Misshapen or disproportionately small teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Minor misalignment, such as one or two rotated teeth
To determine your candidacy for veneers, your doctor will first evaluate your overall oral health. To qualify for treatment, you should not have untreated decay or active gum disease. In addition, you must have enough healthy enamel to support veneer placement.
Alternatives to Veneers
Some patients are not candidates for veneers. Others do not feel ready to invest in this premium cosmetic dentistry treatment. There are the alternatives to porcelain veneers that could be less costly, but you should understand that you could be sacrificing the results you want in favor of saving a few dollars.
Many patients opt for dental bonding as an economical alternative to porcelain veneers. Bonding involves the application of composite resin and can conceal many of the same cosmetic flaws without permanently altering the structure of your teeth. However, the bonding material is opaque and does not reflect light in the same way as porcelain. Veneers are also stronger than composite resin.
Another alternative to veneers is teeth whitening. For patients with mild to moderate surface staining, we can provide both in-office and at-home whitening treatments. Teeth bleaching is affordable and requires much less time than custom veneers, though it may not be as effective for more significant staining and will likely require multiple touch-up treatments.
If the structure of your tooth has been weakened to the point where veneers are not an option, a dental crown can provide similar aesthetic functions to veneers while also restoring the integrity of your tooth. Fabricated from a similar material to veneers, crowns cover the entire tooth rather than just the front. However, a significant amount of healthy enamel must be removed to allow crown placement.
What to Expect
To prepare you for treatment, your dentist will first reshape your teeth by removing a small amount of dental enamel. Next, your practitioner will take impressions of your teeth.
Once the impressions have been sent to our partner lab, technicians will use the molds to customize your veneers to fit your teeth and match the shade of your smile. Thanks to the slight translucence of porcelain, your veneers will have a natural sparkle and sheen.
Our skilled dentists are here to help you achieve a dazzling new smile that you are proud to show off to the world.
It typically takes two weeks to craft veneers, and we can provide temporary restorations while you wait. When your permanent restorations are ready, Dr. Joshua Lee or Dr. John Lee will use a mild solution to etch the surface of your teeth, creating a secure bonding surface. Finally, after coating your teeth with a bonding agent, your dentist will attach the veneers using composite resin.
Maintaining Your Porcelain Veneers
Modern dental porcelain is very strong. Nevertheless, excessive pressure on the teeth can crack or weaken veneers. Therefore, you should avoid chewing ice, biting your fingernails, or using your teeth to open packages. If you suffer from bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, you may need a night guard to avoid damaging your veneers.
Maintaining proper dental hygiene is also important. If you develop a cavity underneath one of your veneers, your dentist will need to remove the porcelain to place a filling. Therefore, to protect your enhanced smile—and your oral health—you should brush and floss daily, and schedule regular dental cleanings and exams.
Risks and Temporary Side Effects
While the likelihood of complications with porcelain veneers is low, there is the chance of possible side effects. Many patients experience mild discomfort and dental sensitivity for the first few weeks after veneer placement. One way to control this initial sensitivity is to avoid very hot and cold foods, especially in quick succession.
Since placing veneers involves removing a layer of enamel from the front of your teeth, it is possible for this sensitivity to be permanent. To avoid ongoing sensitivity, we recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste for up to six months after treatment.
Porcelain veneers are a very safe dental treatment. Choosing an experienced cosmetic dentist can greatly reduce your risk of complications. It is important to discuss your concerns with Dr. Joshua Lee or Dr. John Lee during your initial consultation to be sure you understand every aspect of the procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about veneers and to find out whether they are best cosmetic option for you, contact Kids and Grownups Dental online or call our office at (972) 255-4164 today. Our skilled dentists are here to help you achieve a dazzling new smile that you are proud to show off to the world.
"Everyone here is wonderful and friendly. They all do whatever it takes to make it a relaxed, pain-free experience. I highly recommend Dr. Lee and his staff. They are amazing!"- Theresa B.