Porcelain veneers can permanently fix a number of cosmetic flaws. They can make your teeth brighter, whiter, and straighter as well as cover up chips, damaged enamel, ridges and other malformations, and even close the gaps created by widely spaced teeth.
At one time, veneers were thought of as an option only available to the very wealthy – and Hollywood celebrities. Advances in technology have made veneers a much more affordable option, making it possible for just about anyone to have the smile of their dreams.
What Are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin-yet-durable shells made of translucent porcelain that are carefully fitted onto the front of your teeth. The translucency of the veneers allows the natural tooth behind the veneer to show through, which helps to make veneers one of the most natural-looking cosmetic options available.
At our office, we place two different types of veneers. One type requires that a small amount of your enamel is removed. Once this enamel is removed, your teeth will need to be covered with veneers permanently. We are also able to place “prepless” veneers that don’t require any enamel removal.
When you are ready to get veneers, we will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab that creates your veneers. When your veneers are ready, we will place them onto your teeth.
After your veneers are placed, caring for them only requires regular brushing and flossing as directed by Dr. Grizzle and twice-yearly examinations and professional cleanings. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits because veneers are not intended to protect your teeth from cavities. Good habits will keep your veneers looking great longer and reduce the number of times you will need to replace them.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
The best way to determine whether veneers are the right choice for you is to call our office and schedule a consultation with Sugar Land dentist Dr. Reagan Grizzle. He will perform a thorough examination and discuss your goals with you, then give you his recommendation.
In general, if your teeth and gums are healthy and you have no dental concerns like teeth grinding and clenching, veneers are probably fine. Even if you are not currently a good candidate for veneers, treating your dental concerns may make you a candidate once again for veneers.
Once the veneers are placed, you will need to make a commitment to good oral hygiene. Habits like nail biting and chewing ice or pencils can damage your veneers, so it’s important to get those under control. While you can still enjoy foods and drinks that are known to stain such as curry, chocolate, coffee, and red wine, you should be aware that your veneers are not immune to staining. Rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth soon after eating or drinking these will help to prevent stains from developing on your veneers. Smoking will quickly discolor your veneers and should be avoided (for a variety of reasons!).
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure and are not covered by dental insurance. We do have financing options available, and we are happy to discuss these with you. If you are ready to talk to Dr. Grizzle about improving the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers, please call our office today!?