How To Achieve Your Perfect Smile With Porcelain Veneers

If you have been dreaming of a celebrity white smile, and wondering how in the world they all get those perfect teeth, we have the answer. Porcelain Veneers are a popular option for those looking for a solution to their smile insecurities. Whether you are hoping to cover up discoloration on just one tooth, or wish to recreate your whole smile from scratch, porcelain veneers are a beautiful and long lasting way to achieve a Hollywood smile.


While lots of people know about veneers, many do not understand the process that goes into creating their new smile. The first step is always a consultation to discuss what you are hoping to achieve with porcelain veneers. We will take a look at your teeth, and recommend the best options for making your dream smile possible. Whether you just need one veneer, a few, or a whole set, we can work with you to make sure your veneers will blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. All your friends will notice something different, but no one will ever know you got veneers (unless you’re too excited by your new smile to keep it a secret).


The next step is to take molds of your teeth, to make sure the veneers fit your mouth perfectly. We want to make sure that your new veneers will blend in with your existing teeth. While everyone wants snow white teeth, our teeth naturally have a slight yellow or grey tint to them, even at their whitest. To make sure that your veneers don’t look strange or fake, our dentists will take into account skin tone and coloration, and create a tint to your veneers that will look beautifully white while still appearing natural.


Once your porcelain veneers come in, it is time for application. The time this takes can vary significantly depending on the number of veneers we will be applying. If you are planning on a full set of veneers, make sure you set aside several hours for the procedure. Each tooth takes time and patience by to ensure perfect and natural placement.

A major concern of many patients is how painful the procedure could be and how long recovery time will take. While applying veneers is not invasive, it is still a dental procedure. Local anesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort for the patient during the application process. In order to properly apply each veneer, a very small layer of the tooth must be filed down, and the porcelain must be bonded from the tooth. This sounds a lot scarier than it really is. The amount of shaving required is usually thinner than a fingernail. This will vary from patient to patient depending on their existing teeth and the look they are hoping to achieve with their veneers.


After the process is over, some patients may experience discomfort while the mouth adjusts to their new smile. Your gums and teeth will need time to get used to the new porcelain veneers, and pain management medications like ibuprofen can make this adjustment easier. After about a month, sometimes even less, you will forget your veneers are even there. They will be a natural part of your smile, and a point of pride whenever someone pulls out a camera to take a picture.

One of the biggest benefits to porcelain veneers is how long lasting they are. After your application is complete, your veneers can last up to twenty years if properly cared for. Make sure to visit us at least twice a year for professional cleanings to keep your veneers in their best shape, and so we can monitor how they are aging. We recommend using an electric toothbrush, especially one with a timer, to ensure your new smile looks it’s best for years to come. Don’t forget to floss and use mouthwash as well! Practicing good dental hygiene is the best way to care for your veneers and get the most life out of them. As your veneers age, you can talk with us about the best time for replacement.


If you have been considering porcelain veneers, schedule a consultation today. Veneers are a great investment into your most confident smile for years to come. We look forward to providing residents in Katy and the surround areas with beautiful Hollywood smiles.

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