Porcelain veneers are an amazing method for dramatically improving the look of your smile, and we’re proud to offer them in Austin right under the same roof as all your other family dentistry needs. Veneers are an ultra-thin coating of porcelain applied to the surface of your teeth. This type of cosmetic dentistry is great for:
For many of our patients, veneers address multiple issues at once, resulting in a true smile makeover. Porcelain veneers can improve the overall structural look of your whole smile, and since porcelain doesn’t stain the way natural enamel does, your teeth will stay whiter. It takes several visits to the dentist to plan, develop, and place your veneers. Every patient is different, but a typical step-by-step experience involves:
Once the layer of enamel has been removed, we’ll take an impression of your teeth so that your veneers will be an exact and perfect fit. Depending on your individual teeth and level of sensitivity, you may be more sensitive to hot or cold substances at this stage. While this sensation is generally mild, it is possible to place temporary veneers to minimize these sensations while the permanent veneers are developed (a process which can take one to two weeks).
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last years. Just like before the procedure, you’ll still need to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice daily – teeth coated with porcelain veneers aren’t immune to cavities, and can still experience decay. While porcelain is extraordinarily strong, it’s still important to know that they can crack or be damaged. If you grind your teeth at night, for example, we can provide you with a night guard that will protect your investment and ensure a long life for your veneers. Avoiding chewing on substances like ice or hard candies will also extend their life.
With proper maintenance, it’s common for patients to enjoy their veneers for many years, even up to a decade. Afterward, they can simply be replaced to restore their full effect once more.