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Smile Confidently with Porcelain Veneers

cosmetic dentistry Round RockA healthy, appealing smile is not only pleasing to the eye, but it can also increase your self-esteem. Aligned, white, and bright teeth can also increase your level of confidence. The various options in cosmetic dentistry can make choosing one overwhelming. Thankfully, porcelain veneers improve the color and overall look of your teeth, giving you a great reason to smile.


Your dentist will first shave a small layer of enamel from the surface of your teeth. This gives the porcelain veneers ample space for application, but also ensures a secure bond to your natural teeth. A light anesthetic will be administered before trimming enamel from the teeth.

Then, a mold of your existing teeth will be taken and then sent off to a lab for the fabrication of your veneers. The fabrication process may take up to two weeks, which is sufficient time to customize veneers comfortably to your teeth and mouth.

After the veneers arrive back to our office, bonding will take place. The veneers are placed on top of your existing teeth and bonded in place using a dental-grade cement. Adjustments are made before a specialized light is used to harden and secure the porcelain veneers in place. Excess cement may also require removal to protect the natural look of your veneers.


Caring for your new veneers is simple since they do not require specialized cleaning or maintenance. Continue brushing twice a day and flossing nightly. Porcelain is resistant to stains, but reducing your intake of coffee, tea, and soda is smart to protect your new smile’s bright, white color.  

Porcelain veneers offer a natural, permanent investment in your smile. If you want to improve the look of your teeth and increase your self-esteem with cosmetic dentistry, contact our office at Balcones Family Dental where our dentists are eager to teach you more about veneers.

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New City, New Dentist: Tips to Find your New Dental Provider

dentist north austinMoving to a new location can be a stressful experience, but it does not have to affect your underlying health and wellness. Of course, regular checkups and treatments are necessary to stay healthy, so finding new medical and dental providers in your new city is essential. After moving to a new city, consider using these tips to find your new dentist.

Contact your Benefits Department

Dental insurance is a great option for affordable care. However, many insurance providers limit your options when it comes to coverage, so consider contacting your benefits department for a list of in-network dental providers.

In many cases, your benefits department will offer you a few local dentists that all accept your insurance coverage.

Ask New Neighbors and Coworkers

If you are searching for a dentist in your new city, your new neighbors and coworkers can offer suggestions on friendly, experienced, and affordable dental providers in your new area.

Ask your Primary Care Physician

If you have already found and established a primary care physician in your new city, allow them to offer recommendations on local dental providers. Since your doctor has access to your medical records, they can give you suggestions on dentists that will suit your oral and medical health needs.

Schedule a Consultation

Contacting your insurance provider and asking for recommendations may give you some ideas on new providers in your city, but you should schedule a consultation to meet before deciding on your new dentist.

It is important to tour the facility, meet all of the staff, and undergo a full exam during the consultation. Ask your potential dental provider what treatments they recommended for healthy, appealing teeth. In addition, meet with the billing department to learn how their payments and claims are arranged with patients and insurance providers.

Moving away from old neighbors and coworkers can be challenging, but you can find a good quality dentist with a bit of effort. If you are new to the area, contact our office at Balcones Family Dental to schedule a consultation.

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