A 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.