diagram shows how porcelain veneers are fitted to the tooth

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a surprisingly personal dental procedure. Veneers are a great way to cover up your teeth and have the great smile that you have always wanted in a semi-permanent way.

Veneers are bonded to your teeth, but they do not last forever and will need to be redone over time. Picking, placing, and shaping veneers is going to be a different process for every patient. For years, Frisco Dental has been fitting porcelain veneers for Frisco, TX patients with fabulous results.

What Can These Veneers Do For Me?

People often consider these veneers when they have minimal problems with their teeth and want an overall better smile. A porcelain veneer is essentially a tooth cover that this bonded to your tooth. If you are thinking about getting veneers, you likely have an idea of the look that you want when the procedure is over.

Here is the basic outline of how the veneer process will work:

  • You want better teeth
  • You go to the dentist
  • You work out the details with them
  • You have the prep work done if any
  • You will be given a temporary set before your permanent veneers are placed and bonded
  • You are given some time to come back with needed changes

When you go to the dentist, you can’t bring a photo of a movie star and say, “I want that.” What works for one person’s face is not likely to work on your own. Once you think about all of the changes that you want to make, the dentist will inform you of what is possible and what is not. After that, you will talk about and make appointments for the next steps.

Some people will need prep work done so that the veneers will fit over their teeth. This includes filing the teeth and doing any restorative dentistry work that needs to be completed beforehand. After this, you will get your temporary veneers, and then when they are finished being made, your permanent veneers will be placed.

Living With Porcelain Veneers

The hardest part of these veneers is the installation. Some people have what they call dental bonding sensitivity. That means that the nerves in their teeth react to the bonding material in the beginning. This can cause a good amount of pain to start. The pain usually goes away in a short amount of time. Ibuprofen will help to take care of the pain. You will also have some gum pain from your teeth shifting after the veneers are applied.

If you plan to get lip injections, Botox, or facial plastic surgery, let your dentist know before you get the veneers. Some procedures can affect your tooth coloring. For example, lip injections will cast gray over your teeth.

Color is one of the trickiest things about veneers. Most people envision that they want super white teeth and they tell their dentist that they want natural-looking teeth. Natural-looking teeth are not super while. You are going to have to make a decision: do you want natural teeth or extremely white teeth? As mentioned above, you will have the chance to wear temporary veneers. This can help you choose the color before the permanent veneers are placed.

Another piece about color is that the veneers will stain. You need to take great care of them to keep them the color that you want and to make sure they stay in place for the decade that they have been known to last. You need to make sure your underlying teeth are in good shape. Porcelain veneers are not cheap, and it would be a shame to have to remove a decayed tooth that had a nice veneer on it. Brush, floss and rinse. Your dentist may have recommendations for keeping the color the way that you like.

Finding a Dentist

Frisco Dental can help you acquire the smile that you have always wanted. We have been doing porcelain veneers in Frisco, TX for years. Give us a call to schedule your free cosmetic dentistry consultation today at 469.388.0372.