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All About Porcelain Veneers

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror, flashed a smile, and immediately wished you had not? Maybe your teeth have cracks or chips, discoloration, or even old dental work that needs replaced. When the imperfections in your smile begin to feel entirely too overwhelming it may be worth your while to look into restoring your smile with porcelain veneers. Dr. Williams at Cedar Park Premier Dentistry provides expert preventive care as well as cosmetic procedures such as applying porcelain veneers. Veneers are a relatively simple way to give your smile a new life and renew the confidence you once had in your appearance.

So now you may find yourself wondering what exactly is a porcelain veneer?

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that is shaped to look like natural teeth. Veneers are applied to your original teeth and are a permanent way to cover natural teeth with damage and imperfections. Because veneers are permanent it is important to make sure they are the best option for you. The process of applying veneers to your teeth involves a consultation and at least 2-3 office visits to complete. The steps involved in choosing and applying porcelain veneers are simple and offer amazing results.

The Basics of Choosing Porcelain Veneers:

  • Schedule a consultation with your dentist for an exam and x-rays of teeth and gums. During this exam any damage or imperfections will be checked out to see if you are a good candidate for veneers. Chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, misshapen, or even teeth of an odd size can be made attractive with the use of veneers.
  •  A natural looking tooth color will be chosen by you and your dentist for the outer appearance of your new veneers. The next step involves making impressions of your teeth to be sent away to create customized veneers to be applied to the surface of your teeth.
  • Once the veneers have been made, which could take up to two weeks, your next appointment will involve filing down the enamel on the surface of your natural teeth in order for the bonding agent to take hold and the veneers to successfully be applied to your teeth.
  • The veneers are then applied and a special light is used to activate the bonding and your new veneers to your teeth. Another checkup may be required to insure all has gone well with the application.

Porcelain veneers will typically last around 10-15 years before they will need to be replaced. They do not require any special care and look natural and attractive. If you are ready to improve your smile and feel good about yourself once again, don’t wait another day. Call Cedar Park Premier Dentistry to schedule a consultation.