Dental Veneers are one of the great products offered by cosmetic dentists. They will enjoy years of their rewards.
Today cosmetic dentists have many tools in their toolkit to improve their patients’ smiles and oral health. Probably the most well known and most popular is the dental veneer or often called porcelain dental veneers. The most obvious portion of a person’s face is their smile and sparkling white dental veneers produce an impressive smile. The cosmetic dentists of Pinnacle Dental in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas are very experienced with this dental procedure. Dental veneers are usually the last step when a patient is receiving a complete smile makeover. It is a happy day.
Dental veneers are thin, slightly curved coverings for teeth. They are primarily part of a cosmetic enhancement for a person’s smile to correct problems such as gaps, discolorations, tooth wear, and misshapen or misaligned teeth. There are different types of dental veneers but they are usually made of porcelain. However, there are less durable and inexpensive veneers made of resin-composite material. Dental veneers are bonded or cemented to the front surface of the teeth.
In general a cosmetic dentist can take as little as two appointments, two to three weeks apart, to complete the process from consultation to final placement of porcelain veneers. However, other dental procedures may be required before the final fitting.
Yes. They are primarily cosmetic but they can improve the function of teeth such as closing small gaps. Sometimes dental veneers are confused with crowns, which cover the entire tooth.
Many patients ask how long do dental veneers last. With proper care and oral hygiene porcelain veneers can last 10 years and up to 20 years. However, they are not indestructible and they can become cracked or chipped and need replacement. Lower cost veneers, made of materials other than porcelain, have shorter lifespans.
The procedure can be performed comfortably with just local anesthetic. There may be some minor discomfort and sensitivity after the procedure, but this is only temporary. Some patients have gum sensitivity. But this discomfort is normal and will usually disappear in a matter of days. The benefits will last for years.
The number of veneers will depend upon the concerns of the patient. It can range from one veneer to correct a single tooth to as many as 8-10 veneers to cover all of the teeth that can be seen when talking or smiling. A full smile makeover may reveal other dental issues and require more than eight.
A porcelain veneer is a highly crafted custom product that is precisely measured to fit an individual tooth. A full set of dental veneers will cover eight individual teeth. Generally the price will range from $1000 to $2500 per tooth.
Veneers offer a significant improvement in a person’s smile. This is especially true if the patient’s teeth are discolored and will not whiten with traditional dental procedures. They also can hide defects or repairs to teeth that have been chipped or malformed. Porcelain dental veneers look like real teeth, will not stain, and can be applied in two dental visits. A beautiful smile radiates confidence, excitement, vitality and health. Your smile plays an important part in the happiness of your everyday life so having a brilliant smile achieved from dental veneers is well worth the cost.
Dr. Lauren Nguyen, owner of Pinnacle Dental, is a cosmetic dentist working in the Uptown and Galleria areas of Houston and has seen patients from all walks of life. One thing they all want is a beautiful, healthy smile. Of all the dental procedures available she likes dental veneers the most because they can have such a dramatic effect on a patient’s smile and their life. Patients blossom with new dental veneers – their self-confidence and overall well-being rising to new levels. It gives Dr. Nguyen and her staff great satisfaction to see patients get more enjoyment out of life.