Dental veneers, also known a dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers, are thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that are specifically designed to cover the front surface of teeth in order to make them more appealing and attractive. These shells are then attached to the front of teeth to change their length, shape, size, or even color.
Dental veneers can either be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers tend to resist stains better than the resin ones and they also mimic light-reflecting properties of natural teeth in a better manner. Veneer teeth are tinted with intense precision, thus matching the teeth around them. When they are correctly applied, these sculptures are quite indistinguishable from natural teeth - providing you with more resilience than the natural tooth enamel.
Problems Dental Veneers Can Fix
Routinely, dental veneers are used to fix discolored teeth as a result of excessive fluoride, stains from drugs including tetracycline, root canal treatment, or even resin filling that have discolored teeth over time. They can also fix misaligned, uneven, crooked, worn down, broken or chipped teeth and also teeth that have conspicuous gaps between them. Porcelain veneers are an effective and fast way of fixing your teeth irregularities giving you that perfect smile.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Crowns
Most dentists consider porcelain veneers in their application because they do not fully encompass the entire tooth like dental crowns. Nonetheless, dental veneers have the ability to fix chemically stained teeth, broken teeth, chipped teeth as well as crooked teeth so effectively; so much so that they do not react to any additional whitening treatment. Additionally, porcelain veneers are made of highly resilient porcelain which means that they not only respond to colorants and other tooth whitening chemicals as naturally as the usual teeth do, but they can also be tinted to match the teeth around them with exact precision.
Composite resin fillings and tooth crowns may continually look flat and resist staining, but the advantageous thing about porcelain veneers is that they respond just like your natural teeth’s enamel thus retaining a uniform look to your teeth for several years. If you’re interested in dental veneers and porcelain veneers in Austin, please visit us at Belterra Dental for dentistry with a touch of professionalism.
Dental Veneers Procedure
Dental veneers in Austin will require at least three trips to the dentist: the first initial consultation, an appointment for making the veneers, and a final appointment for the applying the custom veneers. The procedure can be done on a single tooth or several teeth simultaneously. During the initial consultation, you will be required to participate actively and explain to your dentist the exact result that you would like to achieve. Here, the dentist or oral surgeon examines your teeth ensuring that the dental veneers will indeed be a viable and appropriate option for you. There will be further discussion on what the procedure entails. This includes benefits and limitations.
During the next appointment, the Austin dentist prepares your teeth for the procedure by removing about half an Ml of enamel from the tooth’s surface. This is an amount that is almost equal to the thickness of veneer that is to be added to the tooth surface. You and your dentist will then decide whether it’s necessary to use local anesthetic to numb the area before he/she trims off the enamel. The dentist makes an impression of your tooth and sends it to a dental laboratory to construct your custom veneer(s), which takes two to four weeks.
The last step is bonding. This is where the dentist places the veneer on your tooth temporarily to examine its color and fit, repeatedly trimming it as need be to achieve the perfect fit. Upon achieving the desired fit and color, the dentist polishes, cleans and etches it to roughen it up for strong bonding. They will apply special cement on the veneer, place it on your tooth, and lastly, apply a special beam of light to it (a process which activates the chemicals found in the cement leading to it hardening and curing very fast). Any excess cement is removed, and your bite is evaluated. The dentist will then make final adjustments as necessary.
Dental Veneers Cost
Depending on the part of the country you come from and also the extent of your procedure, dental veneers range in price from $1,000 dollars to $2,000 dollars per tooth. It is also good to take note of the fact that veneers are not generally covered by dental insurance, but you can confirm this from your specific insurance provider.
Porcelain Veneers in Austin, Texas
Belterra Dental offers porcelain veneers in Austin, Texas. While our dental office is located in Austin, we offer dental veneers for patients in Dripping Springs, Cedar Valley, Oak Hill, Sunset Valley, and the surrounding Texas areas. To learn more about porcelain veneers or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today or give our office a call at (512) 646-4022.