If you want to dramatically transform your smile, consider porcelain veneers. These custom-crafted oral prosthetics can address a variety of oral imperfections, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. At Dental Renaissance, Kari Blankenship, DDS, and Bhavita Patel, DMD, use porcelain veneers to help people achieve bright, white, Hollywood-worthy smiles. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Plano, Texas, or book a consultation online today.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of your natural, permanent teeth. It’s possible to get only one or two veneers, but most people get six or eight to achieve balanced and symmetrical results.
Porcelain veneers are tough and long-lasting. As long as you practice good oral hygiene and visit Dental Renaissance every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, they can last for 10-15 years.
Porcelain veneers can treat a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including:
You might also benefit from porcelain veneers if you have gaps or spaces between your teeth.
Getting porcelain veneers usually takes two separate appointments. At your initial consultation, your Dental Renaissance provider conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays to evaluate the health of your teeth. You may not qualify for porcelain veneers if you have gum disease or tooth decay.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, your provider moves forward with treatment. After administering a local anesthetic, they prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by shaving a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, about one millimeter thick. Afterward, your provider takes molds of your teeth and sends them to a dental laboratory.
A week or two later, you return to Dental Renaissance. At your second appointment, your provider lines up your porcelain veneers and carefully bonds them in place. You'll leave the office with a healthy, brilliant, and symmetrical smile.
It’s important to take good care of your porcelain veneers if you want them to last for years to come. If you play contact sports, make sure to always wear a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep, you should wear a night guard.
Additionally, it’s important to avoid bad habits. Biting your fingernails and chewing on ice cubes or hard candy may cause your veneers to crack or chip. Whenever possible, chew hard foods with your back teeth. You may also benefit from cutting your food up into small, bite-sized pieces.
To learn more about porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment at Dental Renaissance. Call the office or book a consultation online today.