in Houston, TX
What are Porcelain Veneers?
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
A Porcelain veneer is a customized shell or thin cap of porcelain that fits over each natural tooth. Every porcelain veneer is individually made to cover a specific tooth. One or two teeth may be covered with a veneer or a patient may choose to have their whole mouth covered. The veneers are bonded on to the natural tooth for long-lasting results. By bonding the porcelain veneers to the teeth, they are designed to never fall out.
Porcelain veneers are a very popular choice for those who want to improve their appearance and brighten their smile, all with removing a minimal amount of the natural tooth. People from all walks of life, from celebrities to stay at home moms, choose porcelain veneers to restore confidence in how they look.
What Issues Can Be Fixed with Porcelain Veneers?
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- A wide gap(s) between your teeth
- Your teeth are worn down
- Misaligned, uneven, or oddly shaped teeth
- You are simply unhappy with your smile
Am I A Candidate for Veneers?
The ideal candidate for porcelain veneers will be generally healthy and display good dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing. Any plaque, decay, and gum disease must be addressed prior to the procedure. The technique is only for someone with fully grown teeth, so children are never a candidate for porcelain veneers. During your free consultation appointment, Dr. Velasco will determine if you will make a good candidate for the procedure.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
During the appointment, you will be comfortably seated in a private treatment room, Dr. Velasco will remove a tiny bit of enamel from the teeth to make way for the extra width needed for the veneers. Next, an impression will be taken from your mouth covering all of your teeth. This impression will be used by our in-house lab to create a customized porcelain veneer for each tooth.
At your next visit, a special cement will be used to bond each veneer to the corresponding tooth. These must be placed one by one, to ensure the closest possible fit over the original tooth. Once each porcelain veneer is in place, a specialized, concentrated beam of light will warm the cement so that it will adhere with a strong bond. When this is complete, Dr. Velasco will check over the mouth and ensure the veneers have not disrupted your natural bite.
Porcelain veneers will normally require two to three visits, depending on the number of teeth being treated and the individual patient. A follow-up appointment with Dr. Velasco may be scheduled in a few weeks to make sure your new veneers are settling in and there is no irritation to the gums.
Porcelain Veneers Recovery And Results
There will be very little discomfort after your porcelain veneers have been put in place. Dr. Velasco will discuss aftercare instructions and if any pain medication is required. While each patient is different, it is common to need a short adjustment period to get used to the new set of teeth. You will be able to eat and drink as usual right away. Although strong, porcelain veneers are not indestructible. As with normal teeth, do not pry open bottles, chew on ice, or partake in any activities that could chip or crack a natural tooth.
Your new dental veneers will look beautiful in the mirror, and just as wonderful laughing and smiling in public. Dr. Velasco is careful to use a shade of porcelain similar to your own tooth color, ensuring your teeth look natural, healthy, and youthful. Continue with normal brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups and cleanings. With good dental hygiene, your porcelain dental veneers can last for up to 30 years or longer.
Porcelain Veneers Before & After
What Our Patients Have to Say
The staff at this office is so friendly and helpful. They know you by name and make you feel welcomed. Dr. Velasco knew exactly what I needed and was thorough and honest explaining my treatment plan. Will definitely recommend to any friends and/or family.