If you have cracked, chipped or broken front teeth, you probably work hard to hide your smile. Unfortunately, an unsightly smile full of stained broken teeth can be embarrassing. In Houston, many patients put their trust in Dr. Roberto Velasco at Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry to restore a mouthful of beautiful teeth using porcelain veneers, reclaiming a Hollywood smile.
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.
Reasons to Choose 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
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.
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.
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 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.
If you or someone you love is embarrassed by their uneven or damaged teeth, porcelain veneers may be the right procedure to reclaim a pleasing smile. If you are in the Houston-area, take the first step and call Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at 713.960.9623. We will answer your questions and help you arrange a private consultation with one of Houston’s top cosmetic dentists, Dr. Velasco.
Porcelain Veneer – FAQ
1. What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of strong porcelain that are customized to fit over natural teeth. They offer patients a beautiful and natural looking smile, the same color as their original teeth should have been.
2. Who decides to get porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are most often requested by someone with stained teeth as well as chipped, uneven, poorly aligned, or worn-down teeth. Adults of all ages and walks of life may decide that the time has come to upgrade to a beautiful smile.
3. How many office visits are needed when getting porcelain veneer teeth?
Everyone is different, however, at Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we can provide porcelain veneers in just two office visits. The first appointment is for taking a mold of your natural teeth. When our in-house lab has made your new teeth, a second visit will be scheduled to place your porcelain veneers.
4. How long will my porcelain veneers last?
While everyone is different, porcelain veneers will last up to 30 years or longer if good dental hygiene is followed.
5. How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers will vary by patient and procedure, but on average each tooth will cost between $950 and $2000. It is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Velasco at Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry to make sure you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers and find out the exact cost of your prospective treatment.
6. Can I finance porcelain veneers?
Yes, Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry makes getting a mouth full of porcelain veneers an option on any budget. We accept cash and all major credit cards. We also offer flexible payment plans to make sure the treatment you need can be attainable. We also recommend healthcare financing through CareCredit, Lending Club, and Healthcare Finance Solutions.