What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. A porcelain veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly, to help you achieve a beautiful smile!
Veneers Look Like Normal Teeth
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
How Durable Are Porcelain Veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
Dr. Cress partners with Arrowhead Dental Lab to create “Simply the Most Beautiful Smile.SM” with the elite porcelain veneer technology. Arrowhead Dental uses the highest quality porcelains and your veneers are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
The Veneer Procedure
This procedure will require three appointments:
1) Diagnosis and treatment planning
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning:
You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. Dr. Cress will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile.
The cost of your porcelain veneers will be based on the overall extent of the restoration. For your private and individualized perfect smile, please contact our offices online or call us today at 281-565-4100.
The second appointment will take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are lightly buffed. Approximately one half of a millimeter of tooth is removed to allow for the added thickness.
Then a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. To protect the prepared teeth, temporary veneers are placed at this time. The temporaries are usually one piece that mimic your new smile. The veneer should be ready in approximately one to two weeks.
At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Cress will first place the veneer on your teeth with water or glycerin to check their fit and color. At this point the color of the veneer can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once you have approved the shape and color, the veneer is ready to be applied. The tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.
Care and Follow Up
Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks at which time “slight” modifications can be made.
Maintenance of Your New Veneers
Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneer.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists please call the office.
If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Dr. Cress may recommend a night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
We are confident that your new veneers will fulfill your esthetic goal. With proper home care and scheduled visits to our Sugar Land location, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come.
Ask about Razors, the non-prep veneers similar to contact lenses for you teeth!