A Guide to Porcelain Veneers  

Porcelain veneers serve many purposes in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Our Flower Mound dentist at Smiles Family Dental oftentimes advises patients to use veneers as an alternative to braces. Porcelain veneers serve other purposes as well.

Definition of a Veneer

Dental veneers are a thin shell custom designed for the surface of a tooth. They're comprised of resin composite or porcelain. Smile Family Dental uses the porcelain ones because they look more natural, especially since they reflect light more like natural teeth do. They're also more resistant to stains than resin veneers. Each veneer is customized to the patient's tooth, so they match the same length, size and shape.

Reasons for Veneers

If you have discolored teeth, you may want to consider getting veneers. Veneers shield the natural part of your tooth in order to hide discoloration caused by stains from medications, excessive fluoride or because of a root canal treatment. Grinding and just chewing and using your teeth as usual causes them to wear down. A veneer covers up the worn part of your teeth, which gives your smile a more youthful appearance. You'll look more youthful in general when you're teeth are whiter and healthier looking. We can correct chipped or broken teeth using veneers. A veneer can also be used to correct misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth. Veneers can help if you have small gaps in between your teeth.

Veneer Process

You can expect the process to require three separate trips to the dentist including one for the consultation, one to make them and another to apply them. During the consultation, our dentist will examine your teeth and gums to ensure you're a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers. At this point, the dentist may perform an x-ray.

You'll return for the next appointment, so the dentist can fit you. You'll receive a local anesthetic. The dentist will remove about a 1/2 millimeter, which is about the thickness of the veneer. The Flower Mound dentist will now make a model of your tooth to send to the lab, so your veneer can be made. Generally, it takes between two to four weeks before the veneer is done.

Bonding is the next step. The process consists of the dentist permanently cementing the veneer to your tooth. You may be placed under a special light beam that activates the chemicals in the cement in order to speed up the drying process. The dentist then removes the excess cement and makes any last minute adjustments, so your veneer is cemented on correctly.

Schedule a consultation for veneers with Smiles Family Dental, serving Flower Mound, TX and the surrounding area, by calling 972-346-1100.