Archive for February, 2014

Dental Veneers: A Custom Cosmetic Dentistry Solution

cosmetic dentistry Round RockPlacing dental veneers is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that transforms smiles substantially. In fact, these custom restorations are used to produce flawless smiles free of chips, stains, and gaps among Hollywood’s elite actors and entertainment figures. Fortunately, our patients have access to porcelain veneers, too, and can achieve a stunning, celebrity-worthy smile through cosmetic dentistry.

Providing the same materials and techniques used to transform the appearance of celebrities, our dentist offers porcelain veneers to patients in need of a total smile makeover. Veneers are shell-like coverings made from very thin pieces of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the teeth. Each veneer is handcrafted from high-grade ceramics in a dental laboratory by trained technicians. Because these cosmetic enhancements are highly customized, the size and shape of each of your veneers is based upon exact specifications made by your dentist. Bonding porcelain veneers to teeth is a minimally invasive procedure that normally does not require anesthesia.

Because of the customized nature of creating veneers, patients enjoy a smile free of imperfections that also looks natural. The porcelain that veneers are made of also lends a natural look because this material reflects light and mimics the color and texture of natural teeth very closely. Veneers are nicknamed “instant orthodontics” because they conceal orthodontic issues such as overlapped, crowded, and gapped teeth as well.

To determine if porcelain veneers are right for your needs, we welcome you to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with our compassionate and skilled team. At your consultation, our dentist will describe various cosmetic procedures available and answer questions you may have. Our goal is to restore your confidence by creating a flawless, beautiful smile without compromising your oral health.

If our dentist feels that your smile would benefit from another cosmetic procedure or a combination of procedures, we offer a variety of smile-enhancing services, which include professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, and tooth-colored restorations. To learn more about smile makeovers, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today to reserve your cosmetic dentistry consultation.

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Will Teeth Whitening Make My Veneers Whiter?

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Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry service that produces a smile free of imperfections and flaws. Since veneers are handcrafted from high-quality porcelain, they resemble the natural appearance of teeth very closely. If you currently have veneers, you can probably attest to the fact that these cosmetic enhancements feel and look like natural teeth. Veneers conceal a wide range of smile imperfections while also producing a uniformly white smile because porcelain comes in a variety of white shades. In addition to veneers, our dentists provides Zoom teeth whitening—a prescription-strength whitening system that can brighten a smile up to eight shades.

These cosmetic enhancements are very resistant to staining, unlike teeth. In addition to porcelain being a stain-resistant material, veneers feature a protective glaze that helps them maintain their luster and brightness. Unlike teeth, though, veneers cannot be whitened. Over time, if your veneers seem dull or less white than they used to be, they may require a new application of the protective glaze to improve their appearance.

Veneers can also appear darker when the surfaces of teeth are stained. Although porcelain veneers resist stains, your teeth might darken with exposure to certain foods and beverages such as wine or berries. Since veneers are wafer thin, tooth discoloration can show through. To alleviate this problem, our dentist may suggest professional treatments such as Zoom teeth whitening before placing veneers. In the future, your dentist may whiten the backsides of teeth as well.

The best method to preserve the color and luster of your veneers is to avoid toothpastes that contain harsh abrasives, which damage the protective glaze. Feel free to ask one of our team members for a recommendation on the best toothpaste for patients with cosmetic dental work—especially veneers. If you consume dark beverages like coffee or wine regularly, consider drinking these drinks with a straw. After your teeth are exposed to dark foods, we suggest brushing your teeth and drinking water throughout the day to dilute and rinse away dark food particles.

To learn more about protecting your smile or to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact our office today.

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