Porcelain Veneers in Burleson, TX

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are cosmetic restorations that are attached to the very fronts of your teeth. They help to cover imperfections and flaws that are causing you to feel bad about your appearance. Veneers are thin, but they are durable and long-lasting. Most veneers can last for upwards of 10 years before replacement is recommended.

Why Consider Veneers?

You might choose to have veneers placed because you want to look your best for an upcoming event, like a wedding or reunion. Others have veneers placed because they’re tired of feeling embarrassed over their smile. Veneers are ideal for covering areas that are chipped, stained, discolored, or unevenly spaced. The procedure to place them is non-invasive, with little to no anesthetic required.

illustration of how dental veneers work and how dental veneers look
patient smiling after getting porcelain veneers from our cosmetic dentist in Burleson

Who is a Good Candidate?

Our dentists can examine your teeth to determine if you’d benefit from veneers. However, veneers may be right for you if you meet the following requirements:

  • No active gum disease, tooth decay, or root canal infections. Any such issues must be treated before considering veneers.
  • Veneers are bonded to the enamel, so it’s important that there’s enough healthy enamel on the tooth. Some enamel may be removed to place the veneer, so having enough enamel is crucial for a strong bond.
  • Veneers are ideal for individuals looking to improve the appearance of their smile. This includes correcting issues like discoloration, chips, minor misalignment, gaps between teeth, or uneven teeth.
  • Smoking can cause discoloration to veneers, especially those made from composite resin. Non-smokers, or those willing to quit, often experience better long-term results.

What To Expect

We begin the procedure by lightly buffing the fronts of your teeth. This not only improves the fit and feel of the veneers, but it helps with the adhesion of the new restorations. We then work to take impressions which will be used to make the actual veneers. A second visit to the office involves placing the veneers and ensuring they’re fitting and looking well. You will be amazed at how different you look after your veneers have been placed!

Because veneers are custom-made for you by experts, you can rest assured that they will always look natural and realistic. Most veneers can last for many years before you can easily have them removed and replaced.

Maintaining Your New Smile

Now that you’ve achieved the smile of your dreams, you’ll want to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come. Here are some tips to keep your veneers in good condition:

  1. Brush and Floss Regularly: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to brush at least twice a day. Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and along the gum line. This helps prevent gum disease and decay of the underlying tooth, which could affect your veneers.

  2. Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks: Although porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, composite resin veneers can become discolored over time. Try to limit coffee, tea, red wine, and other staining substances. If you do consume these, consider using a straw to minimize contact with your veneers.

  3. Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools: Avoid using your teeth to open packages, bite nails, or chew on hard objects like pens. These actions can chip or damage veneers.

  4. Wear a Mouthguard if Needed: If you grind or clench your teeth at night, consider getting a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your veneers from excessive force and potential damage.

  5. Avoid Hard Foods: While veneers are durable, biting into very hard foods (like ice, hard candies, or bones) can cause them to chip or break. It’s best to be cautious and cut hard foods into smaller pieces before eating.

  6. Quit Smoking: Smoking can lead to staining of the composite material used for the veneer bonding process and negatively affect the health of your gums. Quitting smoking will help keep your veneers and overall oral health in better condition.

  7. Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit our cosmetic dentist in Burleson regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings. We can monitor the health of your veneers, address any issues early on, and clean your teeth in a way that protects your veneers from damage.

  8. Follow Your Dentist’s Advice: After your veneers are placed, your dentist may give you specific care instructions based on your individual situation. Following these recommendations will help extend the life of your veneers.

A patient getting color matched for veneers in Burleson, TX

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can Veneers Be Matched to My Natural Tooth Color?

A: Yes, veneers are custom-made to match the color of your surrounding teeth, ensuring a natural and cohesive look. If you plan on whitening your teeth, do so before getting veneers, as veneer materials don’t respond to whitening treatments.

Q: Will My Teeth Be Sensitive After Getting Veneers?

A: Some patients experience sensitivity to hot and cold after veneer placement, especially if enamel was removed during preparation. This sensitivity is usually temporary, but persistent sensitivity should be discussed with your dentist.

Q: Are There Restrictions on What I Can Eat or Drink with Veneers?

A: After veneer placement, avoid very hard or sticky foods for a few days to allow the bonding cement to cure. Once cured, you can eat most foods without worry, though caution is advised with extremely hard foods or using teeth to open packaging.

Q: How Do I Choose Between Porcelain and Composite Resin Veneers?

A: Porcelain veneers are more durable and resistant to stains than composite resin veneers and can last longer with proper care. Composite resin veneers are less expensive but may need more frequent replacement. Your choice may depend on your budget, cosmetic goals, and dentist’s advice.

Q: Can Veneers Be Removed or Replaced?

A: Veneers are considered a permanent treatment because they involve removing a layer of tooth enamel. They can be replaced if damaged or worn out, but your teeth will always need to be covered with veneers or another dental restoration due to the alteration of the tooth structure.

Get A Hollywood Smile With Veneers in Burleson, TX

Ready for the smile of your dreams? Schedule your appointment with our skilled cosmetic dentists today and see whether veneers are right for you.

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