A smile is one of the first things people notice about others. So, it is natural that you want to have a beautiful one. Sometimes, though, your teeth may not look the way you want them to. Genetics, lifestyle choices, or unfortunate situations can all play into how your smile looks. Cosmetic dentistry is one of the many services that your Dallas, TX, dentist offers, and with porcelain veneers, we can help you achieve a smile you want to show off.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are custom-designed, thin shells of porcelain tinted to match the color of your teeth. They are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and a tiny amount of enamel has to be removed to make room for the shell. The porcelain veneers are made by dental technicians in a lab. Yours will be based on a model of your teeth that we provide them. It is recommended that you limit food and drinks, like red wine, coffee, or tea, that may stain your veneers.
Why You May Need Them
There are many reasons people elect to get veneers. Some of these include
- Discolored teeth
- Broken, chipped, or worn-down teeth
- Uneven, irregularly shaped or misaligned teeth
- Gaps between teeth
If you have any of these, you may want to consider getting veneers.
The Process and Procedure For Getting Them
The first step is to make an appointment with us. We will listen to you about the results you want to achieve and examine your teeth to see if veneers are the appropriate treatment. During your next appointment, we will prepare your teeth by reshaping their surfaces. A local anesthetic may be used before we trim off any enamel. A model of your teeth will be made and you may be fitted with temporary veneers. A follow-up appointment is when we’ll bond the veneers to your teeth. They will be permanently cemented, and excess cement will be removed. A follow-up appointment may be needed to evaluate their placement and how your gums are responding to them.
How Long Will They Last?
Porcelain veneers usually last between 10 and 15 years. There are certain precautions you can practice that will help you keep them lasting as long as they can. These include
- Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or pens.
- Open packages with your hands or scissors and never your teeth.
- Hard foods should be chewed with your back teeth only.
- Wear a mouthguard if you clench or grind your teeth.
Get The Smile You Want
For more information on cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers, schedule a visit with us by calling Cederberg Dental in Dallas, TX, today at 214-348-7090.