If you suffer from noticeable aesthetic flaws in your teeth, you’re far from alone. More and more people are flocking to cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers in Spring, TX, to vanquish those imperfections and achieve a Hollywood-ready smile. The Dream Smile Team is eager to help you love what you see in the mirror!
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom-fabricated to restore a cracked, damaged, or stained tooth to its original beauty. Your cosmetic dentist in Spring permanently attaches them to the fronts of your teeth. Rather than actually correcting cosmetic problems with the teeth, they disguise them in a permanent manner. Typically, veneers are applied only to the top teeth, but they can also be used on the bottom teeth. They are a great way to improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Porcelain veneers may be able to correct all of these cosmetic issues with just one treatment:
Candidates for porcelain veneers should have fair oral health. If you are struggling with problems such as serious tooth decay or gum disease, it is wise to get them treated before you focus on the aesthetic aspects of your smile. It’s also important to note that you need a healthy amount of enamel on your teeth since Dr. Baldwin will have to remove a sliver of it in order to make room for your veneers.
If you’re not sure if you are a good candidate for veneers, come visit us for a consultation. We’ll evaluate your oral health and explain the veneers process in detail to you. If veneers aren’t right for you at this time, we can explore other cosmetic treatments that may be able to help you achieve the gorgeous grin you’ve always wanted.
The use of porcelain veneers offers several clear benefits:
Potential disadvantages of veneers include:
Dr. Baldwin is pleased to offer porcelain veneers to the Spring, Klein, Avonak, and Tomball communities. Please contact our dental office to hear more about how porcelain veneers can help you finally get the smile of your dreams.
No matter how many veneers you choose to get, they are still a huge investment in your smile. As a result, you want to be as well-informed as possible before you make the decision to receive porcelain veneers. That’s why we have gathered some frequently asked questions about veneers and answered them for your convenience.
Veneers are thin coverings that are placed on only the front-facing surfaces of your teeth. Crowns, on the other hand, are tooth-shaped caps that cover the entire tooth. While veneers serve more of a cosmetic purpose, crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s structure and function as well as its appearance.
Porcelain veneers are typically more expensive than other treatment options such as crowns. In addition, veneers are usually not covered by insurance, or at least not as much as restorative treatments are. Your cosmetic dentist may offer discounts or other ways to pay for your veneers, such as CareCredit. Keep in mind that cost may vary depending on where in the mouth you’re having your veneers done, and how many veneers you are getting. Also, it’s hard to put a price on having a perfect, movie-star smile!
Most porcelain veneers have a lifespan of five to fifteen years. However, they can last even longer if you take good care of them. This entails regular brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings with Dr. Baldwin. Additionally, you’ll have to take care of them by not damaging your teeth. If you suspect you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, invest in a nightguard to protect your pearly whites. Always wear a mouthguard when you play sports to prevent your veneers from getting chipped or knocked off.
Normally, we will use local anesthetic to make sure you are nice and numb for the procedure. After that numbness subsides, there should be very little or even no discomfort at all. If you’re receiving several veneers, as in eight or more, you can likely expect some soreness of the gums and possibly in the jaw. This soreness can generally be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relivers like ibuprofen.
For the first few days after your procedure, we suggest sticking to soft foods to allow your bite to adjust to the veneers. After that, you can resume your diet as normal. However, there are a few foods you should avoid chewing on with the veneered teeth, such as: