Veneers in Kingwood and Houston Area
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Dental veneers such as porcelain veneers are used to improve your oral appearance by covering the front surface of your teeth.
For more immediate information on our dental veneer treatments & procedures, please contact Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry in Kingwood, Houston TX through our contact form or by giving us a call at (281) 358-6414!
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic, resin composite material cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
What Can Dental Veneers Fix?
- Discolored or Stained Teeth
- Worn Down Teeth
- Chipped or Broken Teeth
- Misaligned or Misshaped Teeth
- Gaps in Teeth
How Are Veneers Made?
Dental veneers and porcelain veneer laminates are usually created by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate and attach the custom-made shell of tooth-colored material.
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers generally resist stains better than resin based veneers. Porcelain also better mimics the light reflecting properties of your natural teeth.
How Many Appointment Are Required?
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding. During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
Veneer Bonding Visit
During the final "bonding" visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
Adjusting Dental Veneers
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.
Which Locations Do We Provide Veneers To?
Our dental practice serves and provides veneer treatment and procedures to patients from Kingwood, Atascocita, Humble, Huffman, New Caney, Porter, Summerwood, Cleveland, Conroe, Splendora, Spring, The Woodlands, and surrounding Houston Texas communities within Montgomery county and Harris county.
If you have any questions about dental veneers, call Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry in Kingwood, TX at (281) 358-6414!