Porcelain Veneers Perfect Keller Smiles
Cosmetic dentistry is changing lives, and few services are as popular and effective as porcelain veneers. This service uses thin pieces of dental porcelain to help patients improve the appearance of stained, cracked, chipped, or misaligned teeth. Most veneer procedures take just two appointments to complete, with results that look dazzling and natural.
Transforming your Smile with Porcelain Veneers
At your first appointment, our trusted cosmetic dentist, Dr. McIntosh will assess your health and the appearance of your teeth, in addition to discussing the results you’d like to see. If it helps to bring along a photo or magazine clipping of what you have in mind, we would love to see it.
Based on the results of your exam and consultation Dr. McIntosh will design your veneers, considering the results you have in mind plus your facial symmetry and other aspects of your appearance. We will also prepare your teeth during this appointment. This involves removing a small amount of surface material from them so your veneers will lie flat when they’re fixed in place. Finally, Dr. McIntosh will also take an impression of your mouth and apply a set of temporary veneers.
In between your first and second appointment, a lab will use the information collected by Dr. McIntosh to create your veneers from durable porcelain. When they’re finished, they’ll be returned back to our Keller office to be bonded to your teeth.
During your second appointment, Dr. McIntosh will remove your temporary veneers and replace them with your permanent set. If we need to, we’ll make some last minute adjustments before bonding them to the front of your smile. Once in place you will finally have the confidence to share your smile with others again.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
With many years of experience as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. McIntosh has used porcelain veneers to help many of our patients fall in love with their smiles. In fact, this versatile cosmetic treatment is one of our most popular procedures! If you've been thinking about transforming your smile with porcelain veneers and want to know more, keep reading below for answers to the FAQs we hear most often. But if there’s anything else you'd like to know, you can contact us anytime!
What Happens If My Porcelain Veneers Break?
If your veneer breaks, it will need to be replaced. However, one of the advantages of porcelain veneers is that they're very strong and durable, so they should never break under normal circumstances.
How Can I Avoid Breaking My Porcelain Veneers?
Here are some tips to minimize the chances of chipping or breaking your porcelain veneers:
- Wear a nightguard if needed - If you clench and grind at night, a nightguard is a good idea to protect your veneers.
- Practice good oral hygiene - Your veneer itself can't get a cavity but the natural tooth structure underneath can, which increases the chance of breaking the veneer. To prevent this, practice good brushing and flossing at home and be sure to see Dr. McIntosh for regular checkups.
- Be careful with certain foods - If you frequently bite into hard, crunchy foods (e.g. nuts, seeds, carrot sticks) with your front teeth, you're more likely to break your veneers.
- Avoid bad habits - Don't chew on ice, pens, pencils, etc. or use your teeth as tools to open packages.
Do Porcelain Veneers Fade Like Normal Teeth?
Porcelain is one of the best possible materials for veneers because it resists fading and staining. While natural teeth are porous and become discolored over time, porcelain has a shiny, non-porous coating that keeps it looking great, even if you have things like coffee, tea and red wine. Porcelain also reflects light much like enamel does, helping your veneers look more natural.
However, it's important to use a gentle, non-abrasive toothpaste when brushing to avoid scratching or dulling your veneers. For this reason, it's a good idea to avoid whitening formulas because they contain more abrasive ingredients than other formulas.
How Many Porcelain Veneers Will I Need?
This varies from person to person depending on their needs and cosmetic goals. In general, it's a good idea to get an even number of veneers (i.e. two, four, six, eight, ten or twelve veneers usually provide the best aesthetic results). For example, the two front teeth are side-by-side and should be mirror images of each other, and even slight differences between them are often noticeable. By putting veneers on both teeth, it's easier to make them completely identical and give you a more natural-looking result overall.
Am I a Good Candidate For Porcelain Veneers?
Most people are great candidates for porcelain veneers, but Dr. McIntosh will first need to make sure you don't have any cavities or gum problems that need to be addressed first. She'll also talk with you about the importance of good oral hygiene to keep your smile looking great over the long-term. With that said, porcelain veneers are perfect for chips, cracks, oddly-shaped or small teeth, severe stains, minor gaps, and more.
Call to learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can transform your smile at a cosmetic dentistry consultation appointment. We are proud to offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative services to patients in Keller and all surrounding communities.