Cracked, uneven, crooked, and severely discolored teeth can damper your smile and give the impression that your oral hygiene is poor. Fortunately, you can easily fix these dental imperfections with dental veneers.
Dental veneers are thin and custom-made, wafer-like shells that are bonded to the teeth to change the size, shape, and appearance. Before you seek out dental veneers near you here are a few facts to know about:
1. Dental Veneers Fix a Range of Imperfections
Veneers are routinely used to correct:
- Tooth discoloration from excessive use of fluoride treatments or root canal treatments. For mild to moderate teeth discoloration, we opt for professional teeth whitening. However, there are a few isolated cases that can warrant the use of veneers instead.
- Worn down teeth due to conditions like bruxism
- Chipped and broken teeth
- To close the gaps in between
- Irregularly, uneven, or mildly misaligned teeth
2. Veneers are Available in Two Options
When choosing dental veneers in Austin TX, you can either choose composite or porcelain. Both composite and porcelain veneers have their pros and cons. The primary difference between the two is the material used and the fixing time.
Composite need one dental visit and are made resin material. The downside to using the composite veneers is that they discolor relatively quickly than porcelain.
Porcelain veneers are durable and stain-resistant, however, you will need at least two dental visits to have them fixed.
3. You Need One to Two Dental Visits
Fixing dental veneers in Pflugerville, TX needs one or two dental visits and is done in steps:
The first step is the dental examination and evaluation. Our dentist will examine your teeth and gums and check for any build-up or decay. We will explain the process and the risks involved if any. Next, your teeth are cleaned off any buildup.
The dentist will numb the gums using local anesthesia and reshape the enamel to make space for the veneers. The thickness to be trimmed will depend on the amount of veneer needed.
Your dental impression is taken for the molding of the permanent dental shells. Making of these customized shells can take two to four weeks. In the meantime, your trimmed teeth will be covered with temporary veneers to protect against tooth sensitivity.
Bonding of the permanent veneers
This is done on the second dental visit. The temporary ones are removed and using special dental cement, the permanent ones are bonded. The cement is hardened using a light beam.
The dentist may schedule a follow-up visit to examine the veneers and gums.
4. The Dental Veneers Are Irreversible
The chief disadvantage of using veneers is that they cannot be reversed. Once the enamel is trimmed off, it doesn’t grow back and your teeth structure will be changed completely. You cannot return to your previous teeth shape after the veneers are removed. Keep this in mind when getting dental veneers in Pflugerville. If you have reservations, speak to one of our dentists on the other available dental solutions we have.
5. The Dental Veneers Are Durable, But They Don’t Last a Lifetime
Dental veneers in Austin are long-lasting and can stay for 10 to 15 years with proper care, However, the shells will need replacing after some time due to staining.
6. They Have a Few Disadvantages
Apart from being irreversible, dental veneers have other cons. For instance, they can discolor with time, especially if you overconsume coffee, tea, and wine. Unfortunately, you cannot bleach the veneers as you would your natural teeth. You will need a replacement to match the shade of your teeth.
Also, it is impossible to get the exact shade as your natural teeth. The veneers can crack and chip, giving room for bacteria to multiply. Maintaining proper hygiene is, therefore, important to enhance the durability of the veneers.
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