Porcelain Veneers, Mansfield TX
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly, to help you achieve a beautiful smile! Please call our Mansfield TX office, 817-473-0291, for more information on dental veneers or to schedule an appointment.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
How durable are porcelain veneers? With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. John Bauer and Dr. Cody Bauer will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
This procedure will require three appointments:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
Diagnosis and treatment planning:
You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. The doctors will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile.
The second appointment will take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one-half of a millimeter of tooth is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia.
Scans are taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. The doctor may elect to do a temporary veneer, which can be placed at this time. The veneer should be ready in approximately one to two weeks.
At the time of your third appointment, the doctor will first place the finished veneers on your teeth with water or glycerin to check fit and color. At this point the color of the veneers can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is finalized, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the
teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.
Care and follow up:
Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.
Maintenance of your new Veneers:
Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing though, non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your veneer.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please call the office. If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Dr. Bauer may recommend a soft night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
We hope that your new veneers have fulfilled your goal of a more beautiful smile. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to keep your smile beautiful for years to come.