Do you find yourself hiding your perfectly healthy smile because of a few “flaws”? It is not unusual for those with gapped, chipped or deeply stained teeth to feel uncomfortable with the appearance of their smile, and to hide it behind their hand or even avoid smiling. If this sounds all too familiar, and yet you also know your teeth and gums are perfectly healthy, it could be time to discuss porcelain veneers with our cosmetic dentist. At Rivercrest Family Dental in New Braunfels, TX, we offer an array of dental services, and porcelain veneers are among them.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
As your full-service dentist, we are glad to sit down and help you determine if veneers are a good solution. Of course, you may not yet know just what they are. To keep it simple, they are custom made shells of ultra-durable dental porcelain that fit over individual teeth to mask many different issues. For example, our cosmetic dentist will suggest veneers for:
- Unevenly sized teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Deeply stained teeth that cannot respond to whitening treatments
- “Gummy” smiles
- Mild to moderately gapped or crooked teeth
- Teeth that are worn down, oddly shaped or with irregular surfaces
The veneer will be custom created to your specific tooth or teeth. Our cosmetic dentist will have to prepare your teeth for the veneer by removing a tiny layer of the enamel. This makes room for the veneer and allows the dentist to make a mold that allows a perfect fit and solution to be created. A dental lab will make the veneers (you leave with temporary veneers that are strong enough for short-term use), and when complete you return to our dental office to have them placed.
The porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth, after our dentist has checked the fit and the color to be sure everything looks and functions properly. Once applied, the veneer is going to function just as the natural tooth, but will now conceal any issues that had been making you uncomfortable or self-conscious.
Though veneers are strong and long-lasting, there are some aftercare tips to ensure the best results. For instance, once the veneers are placed, you will want to book a return visit to our dentist office to ensure everything is transitioning well. We can check the veneers, your gums and be sure that the placement is correct.
You also have to practice good, ongoing oral hygiene to ensure the best results. Regular cleanings and checkups, daily brushing and flossing and avoiding foods that might have stained your teeth and made the veneers a necessity are all wise steps to take. Because veneers don’t stain, it is particularly important to avoid habits that can cause surrounding teeth to stain, or to make a point of speaking with our cosmetic dentist about Whitening for Life options.
Contact Our Porcelain Veneers Dentist
Now that you know a bit more about porcelain veneers, it is time to talk with a dentist in New Braunfels about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 830-625-7611 or by visiting our Contact page. If you have questions about porcelain veneers, read through our FAQs and give us a call if your question isn’t answered.