are a popular cosmetic option for people of all ages, transforming a problematic smile into one that’s red-carpet ready. At Smile Workshop Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we offer veneers in two materials: porcelain and composite. Here’s how veneers can help you get a beautiful smile in just a couple of office visits.
How veneers “work”
Veneers are ultra-thin covers for your teeth. When applied to the front surfaces of your teeth, they can be used to correct the appearance of many types of smile flaws, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Deeply-stained teeth
- Teeth that are cracked or chipped
- Teeth that appear too small
At Smile Workshop, your veneers are custom-tinted, so they blend seamlessly with your other teeth.
Getting veneers: What to expect
The steps to get a veneer will vary depending on whether your veneer is made of porcelain or a composite resin.
Porcelain Veneers usually require two office visits. At the first visit, a very small amount of the tooth surface material is gently removed to make room for the veneer. This first step is important, because it ensures the veneer will be level and even with the neighboring teeth. Removing the superficial layer also roughens the surface of the tooth so the bonding agent adheres better. Once the tooth is shaped, your dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends the mold off to a dental lab that specializes in veneer fabrication. Next, your dentist places a temporary veneer on your tooth to protect it. At your second visit, the temporary veneer is removed, and the tooth surface is gently cleaned. Once the surface is prepared, the dentist appliesd the adhesive and attaches the veneer, gently shaping it and buffing it for a perfect fit. With good oral hygiene, porcelain veneers can last up to 25 years.
Composite veneers are also referred to as tooth bonding
. Although a composite veneer is not as durable as a porcelain veneer, it does have a couple of advantages: They’re less costly than porcelain veneers, and they can usually be applied in just one office visit. Once the tooth surface is prepared, the dentist applies the custom-tinted composite material directly to the tooth surface, sculpting it into the perfect shape before allowing it to cure. Composite Veneers are more prone to chips, and they require regular maintenance to keep them in like-new shape. With proper care, they can last about 8-10 years.
Caring for your veneers
You can care for your veneers just like you care for your other teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine checkups and professional cleanings at Smile Workshop our office. Although veneers are resistant to staining, they can still absorb some pigment from the foods and beverages you consume. To prevent discoloration of your veneers, it’s a good idea to try to avoid coffee, red wine and other deeply -pigmented foods and drinks. If you do indulge, be sure to brush or rinse well afterward. And if a veneer does become damaged or stained, we can replace it, so your smile continues to look its best.
State-of-the-art veneers from your family dentist
Your Smile Workshop family dentist is skilled in veneer procedures, using the most advanced techniques and technology to ensure your smile looks its best. With 14 locations throughout Texas, including offices in Dallas-Fort Worth, Amarillo, and San Antonio, getting veneers has never been easier. To learn more about veneers and how they can help you get the smile of your dreams, give us a call at 1-888-833-8404 and book an appointment online