Get a Straight, Beautiful Smile With Dental Veneers

Get a Straight, Beautiful Smile With Dental Veneers

Posted by Bill Lockhart DDS Jun 26, 2023

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Are you tired of hiding your smile because of crooked or discolored teeth? Do you dream of having a straight, flawless set of pearly whites like the celebrities on TV? Look no further! Dental veneers might just be the solution you've been searching for. These thin shells are custom-made to cover the front surface of your teeth and give you that perfect Hollywood smile.

Veneers can hide discoloration caused by coffee, tea, or smoking, as well as fill in gaps between teeth and improve misshapen or crooked teeth. They can also help to restore chipped or broken teeth.

The Veneer Treatment Process

The veneer treatment process involves several steps that ensure a perfect fit and a natural-looking result. First, your dentist will assess the condition of your teeth to determine if veneers are appropriate for you. If deemed suitable, the next step is preparing the tooth or teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface.

Afterward, impressions of your teeth will be taken to create custom-made veneers in a dental laboratory. This process can take up to two weeks, during which you may wear temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth. Once ready, your dentist will bond each veneer onto its respective tooth using dental cement and curing it with a special light. Any excess material is then trimmed away before final polishing. The entire procedure usually takes two visits over several weeks but can vary depending on how many veneers are required and other factors specific to each individual case, such as existing oral health issues or cosmetic goals.

How to Care for Your Veneers

Caring for your dental veneers is relatively easy and straightforward. Here are some tips to ensure that your veneers look great and last a long time.

  • It's essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly. Your dentist will be able to check on the condition of your veneers during these visits so any issues can be addressed early.
  • Avoid using abrasive toothpaste or hard-bristled brushes when cleaning your teeth, as this could scratch or damage the surface of the veneers. Instead, use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Try not to bite down on hard objects like ice cubes or pens, as this could cause chipping or cracking of the veneers. Similarly, avoid using your teeth as tools, such as opening packages or cutting tape.
  • If you grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a mouthguard to protect both natural teeth and veneers from damage.

Make sure you follow any specific care instructions given by your dentist regarding dietary restrictions or special cleaning procedures for maintaining your new smile!

To learn more, visit the Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of the Woodlands at 1733 Woodstead Ct Suite 204, Woodlands, TX 77380, or call (281) 367-5256. 

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