Porcelain Veneers in Dallas
If you have multiple imperfections affecting the appearance of your smile, it can be daunting to consider undergoing several cosmetic treatments to fix them. Fortunately, porcelain veneers provide a solution to any number of flaws -- with just one treatment. These thin coverings made of dental porcelain transform the size, shape, color, and overall appearance of the teeth that show when you smile. Most patients are good candidates for porcelain veneers!
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are one of the most popular options in cosmetic dentistry currently available, as they provide something of a do-over for your smile. They are tooth-shaped restorations that are permanently affixed to the front sides of the teeth that show when you smile. Veneers are fully customizable to reflect the look that suits you best.
Most veneers are crafted from 100% porcelain, a material that reflects light just like your natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is more resistant to stains than your regular teeth, however, meaning that veneers can stay bright white for years after their application.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
After we determine that porcelain veneers are the best solution for your smile, you can expect the treatment to be carried out over the course of two appointments to Dallas Esthetics. During the first visit, we will decide on the specifications that fit your unique needs and put together a treatment plan built just for you. Next, we remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the surface of the front teeth -- doing so helps ensure the permanent veneers will lie flat in the smile. Impressions are made, and we will place temporary veneers for you to wear in the time between appointments.
In the second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary veneers and checks the fit of the permanent restorations. After any necessary adjustments are made, the permanent bonding material is placed and the veneers are securely affixed to the front teeth.
How to Maintain Veneers?
After you receive your veneers, keep up with your good dental hygiene habits to enjoy your beautiful smile. Brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly, and your veneers can last for many years. Protect your new smile with a custom-fitted mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night or play sports.
Who Is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Most adult patients who are in good oral health are candidates for dental veneers. We usually advise patients to wait until they are older than age 18 to get veneers, as an unexpected growth spurt or change in the teeth could cause veneers to have to be replaced (an expensive undertaking). Additionally, patients should have good periodontal and dental health, free from gum disease and tooth decay, before getting dental veneers. We will schedule a checkup and cleaning to ensure your smile is healthy before we begin with veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions – Porcelain Veneers
Are you still unsure of whether you want to commit to getting porcelain veneers in Dallas? Maybe you’re excited to finally get the attractive smile you’ve always wanted, but you still have some questions about the treatment. Not to worry – we have answered a few frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers below. If for some reason you don’t find the information you’re looking for on this page, you can always reach out to us and ask us directly!
Will Getting Porcelain Veneers Increase My Risk of Getting Cavities?
Veneers simply cover the front-facing surfaces of your teeth. While they conceal aesthetic imperfections, they do not impact your likelihood of getting cavities. Just like any other teeth, you may develop cavities if plaque builds up in your mouth. That’s why, even after you receive veneers, it’s imperative that you continue to brush, floss, and visit your cosmetic dentist in Dallas for checkups and cleanings on a regular basis.
Are Veneers Permanent?
To ensure your veneers sit flush against your teeth and appear natural, we must remove a thin layer of enamel from your affected teeth. Enamel cannot grow back once it has been lost, which makes veneers a permanent treatment. Moving forward, those teeth will always need veneers or other restorations to protect them from decay, sensitivity, and damage. However, as long as you take good care of your veneers, you can expect them to last for a decade or more before they’ll need to be replaced.
Does Getting Veneers Hurt?
Shaving off a layer of enamel from your teeth may sound painful, but rest assured that we’ll do our utmost to make you comfortable. Before preparing your teeth to receive veneers, your dentist will most likely numb the area of your mouth they’ll be working on with a local anesthetic. If you need a little help relaxing, we can even offer nitrous oxide sedation to soothe your nerves.
The more veneers you’re getting, the higher the odds are that you’ll experience some soreness in your gums and/or jaw after the numbness wears off. However, this discomfort should dissipate after a few days at most. In the meantime, taking an over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen should be enough to alleviate it.
Are There Any Foods I Shouldn’t Eat with Veneers?
If you have a few mildly crooked teeth, no longer do you have to wear metal braces for a year or more to attain a straight smile. Braces come with a litany of foods that you can’t eat unless you want to risk breaking a wire or bracket. By contrast, veneers can instantly correct slightly crooked teeth without having to wear clunky orthodontic gear. For that reason, veneers shouldn’t impact your diet.
As with your natural teeth, though, chewing on particularly hard foods, like nuts and hard candy, and inedible objects like ice can lead to breakage. However, chipping or cracking is quite rare in veneers due to porcelain’s remarkable durability.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Are you interested in transforming the appearance of your smile? If so, don’t wait to get in touch with the team at Dallas Esthetics. We are conveniently located in the heart of Dallas. We can’t wait to discuss all of your options in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers. Call us to schedule an appointment today!