Porcelain veneers are a simple, effective way to erase many common cosmetic dental problems marring your smile. Some of the most popular uses include fixing teeth that are:
- Worn down
- Too long
- Too small
Placed over just a few short visits to our Austin cosmetic dentistry office, porcelain veneers can vastly improve the quality of your smile in a fraction of the time required for some aesthetic treatments. What’s more, when cared for appropriately, your porcelain veneers can last for 10 or more years, continuing to produce a strong, straight, and brilliant smile long after your initial treatment.
To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can enhance and perfect your smile, please contact Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry by calling our Austin office at 512-329-5967. Our cosmetic dentist serves Austin, Round Rock, and all surrounding areas of Texas.
- The Porcelain Veneers Process
- Porcelain Veneer Durability
- Caring for Porcelain Veneers
- Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Our Austin cosmetic dentist utilizes advanced techniques to make the placing of porcelain veneers a relatively simple and easy way to makeover your smile. Veneers do not require surgery or months-long treatment. Instead, the entire process is completed over the course of just a few dental appointments with Dr. Schmid.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Schmid can answer your questions about porcelain veneers so you can be sure it is the right treatment for you.
To place veneers a minimal amount of enamel is first removed, enabling your restoration to fit seamlessly into your smile. This process does not cause any pain, but if you are uncomfortable with the idea of tooth preparation, Dr. Schmid would be happy to discuss sedation dentistry options during your initial consultation.
Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and capable of producing desirable results for 10 years or more. They can even improve a small amount of functionality. Veneers are also resistant to staining, reflect light in the same manner as natural tooth enamel, and able to perform the standard functions of those teeth they cover.
However, veneers are not traditionally thought of as a functionally restorative option. While Dr. Schmid may use porcelain veneers to protect teeth with thinning enamel or exposed roots, more pronounced functional difficulties will likely require a different type of restoration such as a dental crown.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Schmid can discuss both the limitations and benefits of porcelain veneers in greater detail to help you decided if they are the right solution for your smile. During this visit we will also provide instructions for caring for your porcelain veneers, giving you the tools you need to keep your teeth bright and your smile attractive well into the future.
After our dentist places your porcelain veneers, you will want to take steps to ensure their longevity. Fortunately, accomplishing this does not require much adjustment. In fact, it’s likely very close to your current oral hygiene routine.
One of the biggest benefits of veneers is their stain resistance. However, once stained, dental porcelain cannot be whitened. To help keep your veneers bright, brushing your teeth after every meal and snack becomes increasingly important.
You will want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent loosening veneers. You will also want to avoid toothpastes with abrasive ingredients such as baking soda. These abrasives can scratch and damage porcelain veneers – ultimately weakening them and necessitating their replacement.
Flossing should be done twice a day to prevent tartar buildup on enamel in between veneers. A mouthwash can also be used once or twice a day – just be sure to avoid those with astringent ingredients. Alcohol, witch hazel, and similar ingredients can impact the bonding used to hold veneers in place, causing them to come loose or fall out.
In addition to your daily routine, you will want to visits Dr. Schmid every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. These visits give us an opportunity to clean all of your teeth and check for potential oral health problems that could impact the longevity of your veneers. They also give you a chance to ask Dr. Schmid any questions about porcelain veneers you may have and to ensure your restorations are secure and continuing to function as intended.
Porcelain veneers are an effective way to address common cosmetic dental problems, but they are not right for everyone. Placed over the front of your teeth, porcelain veneers may not be the ideal solution for people who require both aesthetic and functional correction. Conversely, while porcelain veneers are minimally invasive, they may be unnecessary for addressing your particular needs.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers is through a one-on-one consultation with Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. John Schmid. During your appointment, Dr. Schmid will listen to your goals, evaluate your teeth, and discuss all of your cosmetic dentistry options.
Dental Veneer Considerations
To place porcelain veneers, Dr. Schmid will need to remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel. This will require that your teeth and gums are healthy. If you have issues such as teeth that are decayed or broken, dental crowns may be better suited to meet your needs.
Once enamel has been removed, it will not come back. This makes the placement irreversible. However, porcelain veneers will most likely not last for a lifetime. Due to this, you will need to replace your veneers if they become damaged. Having realistic expectations and fully understanding the limitations of veneers is an important step in making an informed decision.
There are a number of benefits offered by porcelain veneers, particularly when compared to more complex or invasive treatments. When you come to our cosmetic dentistry office for your free initial consultation, Dr. Schmid will be happy to answer any porcelain veneer questions you may have and help you determine if they are the optimal solution for perfecting your smile.
To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Austin office, please call 512-329-5967 today. Dr. Schmid serves patients in and around Round Rock, Texas.