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Porcelain Veneers Create Stunning Smiles

veneers North AustinIf a noticeable flaw, such as a chip, crack or stain, is a drag on your smile’s appearance, consider porcelain veneers as a convenient, affordable way to upgrade your pearly whites.

Porcelain veneers are tremendously versatile. In addition to concealing the imperfections listed above, veneers can help make an undersized tooth look more proportional in relation to its neighbors or create the illusion of proper alignment in a stretch of crooked teeth.

This valuable cosmetic dentistry intervention can help the patient attain the desired outcomes in a relatively short period of time, generally within a few weeks.

The treatment process of veneers will take place over at least two appointments. At the first visit, the dentist will take impressions and gather other information from the patient to determine the veneers’ design. Depending on the thickness of the veneers, the teeth may also be prepped for veneer placement at that appointment. A thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth to make room for the veneer. 

This valuable cosmetic dentistry intervention can help the patient attain the desired outcomes in a relatively short period of time, generally within a few weeks.

While awaiting the permanent veneers, patients can wear temporary veneers to maintain the smile’s appearance in the interim.

When the veneers are ready, the patient will return to the dental office to have them placed. Any last-minute changes to the shape or shade of the veneer desired by the patient can be made prior to placement. After the veneers are bonded to the teeth, they cannot be altered.

If any decay or gum disease is present, your dentist may want to treat that condition prior to placing veneers. Ask if there are any specific considerations in your case that could create a delay in the treatment timeline.

You should also work with the cosmetic dentistry specialist to plan for the ongoing care of your veneers. While porcelain is considered a fragile material, it is quite strong when bonded to the tooth. With proper maintenance, porcelain veneers can last up to a decade.

Porcelain veneers can help you dramatically improve your smile. Ask a member of our experienced staff if veneers might be beneficial in your case. Call Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today to schedule your visit.

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How will Invisalign affect my life?

Invisalign Round RockWhen considering orthodontic treatment, patients will often weigh any inconveniences associated with the treatment and the overall effects that braces will have on their day-to-day lives. Fortunately, patients who choose Invisalign will experience minimal, if any, disruption to their daily routines.

Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to reposition the teeth rather than brackets and wires. Although patients should wear the trays for 20-22 hours per day to get the best results within the desired timeline, the trays can be removed at meal time and in the morning and evening to allow you to perform your oral hygiene routine.

Therefore, patients who choose this method will be able to continue to enjoy their favorite foods. Of course, sweet treats should still be limited in order to reduce your risk of tooth decay. Additionally, you won’t need to use any special tools or techniques beyond proper brushing and flossing to keep your teeth clean.

Another benefit of this system is that your smile is not obscured by metal appliances during treatment. Even “clear” brackets still require wires and cover up your teeth, but with Invisalign, you can enjoy the results as they develop.

To gain all of the advantages of Invisalign, patients do need to take on more responsibility for the treatment, however. With the dentist’s oversight, patients play a more active role with this system.

Patients will receive a number of Invisalign trays that must be changed periodically to keep the teeth moving in the desired direction. Patients need to adhere to the timeline provided by their dentist for changing the trays.

However, because the patient is essentially making the necessary adjustments, there are fewer visits to the dentist’s office with Invisalign. There’s no need to schedule appointments every few weeks to have wires changed or other appliances tweaked or modified. Most Invisalign patients will complete treatment within about 18 months, which is shorter than the period needed for traditional orthodontics.

Invisalign is unlikely to create the need for any significant changes in your life. Just be sure to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time each day and switch to a new tray according to the schedule provided by your dentist. Feel free to ask a member of our staff if you have any specific concerns about this treatment.

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