Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Describes Porcelain Veneers Placement

Written by Dr. Lin on Oct 9, 2012

Porcelain dental veneers have become very popular at the Dallas Cosmetic Dentist office because the procedure applies both to patients who are seeking a cosmetic improvement for aesthetic purposes as well as those with damaged, crooked, chipped, and broken front teeth. The application of porcelain veneers is sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’ because they can provide the much-sought-after after ‘perfect smile’ in just a couple of sittings, as opposed to an average treatment time of several years for traditional orthodontics.

There are two types of veneers used in cosmetic dentistry. One type is made of porcelain, and the other made of composite material. Dental veneers of porcelain are very thin ceramic shells that are designed to offer the same translucency, color, shade and texture of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are affixed permanently by your cosmetic dentist over the front surface of your tooth.

Among their other applications, porcelain veneers can also be used to cover teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped. Porcelain veneers may also be used fix a single broken or chipped tooth, or to just tweak your smile to make it “Hollywood perfect”.

One great benefit to porcelain veneers is that they can be created and placed in two or three visits. Your first visit to our Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dental Office will consist of a consultation with you about the shape, size, and color of your desired smile. The dentist will take impressions of your teeth, and remove a small bit of enamel from the tooth surface so that the veneer will fit your teeth naturally.

When the veneers have been created, your dentist will make final adjustments to the veneer and to your teeth as necessary. The porcelain veneer will then be bonded to the surface of your tooth It may be necessary to return for a follow-up visit so that your dentist can ensure that your gums are adapting to the veneers and to confirm proper placement.

Porcelain veneers are considered to be permanent; they usually will not last a lifetime and will eventually need to be replaced. But with proper oral hygiene and routine visits to your dentist, porcelain veneers can last for as long as 15 years.