A veneer is a thin porcelain shell covering a tooth's front side. It is used to improve the tooth's appearance or protect it from damage. At University Oaks Dental, the dentist bonds the veneer to the tooth and adjusts it as needed so the patient can enjoy a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Veneers are an excellent option for people with teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, misaligned, worn down, or have gaps between them. It is also common for people to choose veneers as a cosmetic procedure because they wish to improve the shape or size of their smile.
Patients must have their teeth prepared for the veneers before the procedure begins. This involves removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface so the veneer can be bonded adequately without causing sensitivity. Once the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth and send it off to the lab to create the veneers.
After the veneers are complete, patients will return to the office to have them placed. They are affixed to the teeth using a potent bonding agent, and the teeth are gently adjusted to ensure the bite is aligned correctly.
It is essential for patients who have veneers to practice proper oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of their treatment. This includes brushing twice a day as a dentist recommends and flossing daily. Patients should avoid foods and beverages high in sugar to prevent tooth decay and practice good eating habits.
In addition to making teeth look whiter and straighter, there are other advantages that patients can enjoy with porcelain veneers. The thin shells covering natural teeth are stain resistant, so patients can keep their smiles white and bright for extended periods. Teeth that are veneered can also last longer because bacteria cannot quickly get under or around them. This helps the veneers and the teeth they cover stay healthier overall. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last for ten years or more. Patients should practice excellent daily oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing regularly. This helps keep the teeth and veneers looking their best for as long as possible.
Get in touch with University Oaks Dental at 6363 San Felipe St #200b, Houston, TX 77057, or call (713) 461 8012 to schedule an appointment to discuss the possibility of getting porcelain veneers! We would be happy to schedule a consultation appointment for you with one of our experienced dentists.