Time and again, patients come to 38th Street Dental complaining about tooth discoloration. Even when the teeth are straight and structurally sound, the smile can be affected by dental stains or discoloration.
Many patients with dental stains want information about teeth whitening, but that isn’t always an appropriate treatment option. If teeth whitening cannot give patients the white smile they desire, porcelain veneers may be the best solution.
Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surface of the teeth where they conceal a wide range of aesthetic flaws, including discoloration. Porcelain veneers can mask tooth discoloration, helping our Austin, TX patients to finally feel confident in the appearance of their smile.
Porcelain Veneers Candidates
Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting cosmetic solution that can be a suitable treatment option for any patient with healthy teeth and gums.
Porcelain veneers are a particularly good option for patients who want to address:
- Intrinsic tooth discoloration that does not respond to teeth whitening
- Severe or extensive dental stains or discoloration
- Discoloration that is present alongside other aesthetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, or minor misalignment problems
Porcelain veneers will conceal these problems so that patients can have a more attractive smile.
The Treatment Process
The average porcelain veneers treatment is completed over the span of two dental appointments. At the first appointment, we will make design plans for the veneers and prep the teeth for veneers placement.
Our doctors prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. Although only a minimal amount of enamel is taken, patients should understand that it is enough to compromise the strength and structure of the teeth. If the patient’s veneers become damaged or worn down, they will need to have new veneers placed.
When the patient’s veneers are complete, we will schedule a second appointment. We will test the fit of the veneers to make sure they meet our design specifications and standards. If any adjustments are needed, they can be made at this time. As long as we are satisfied with the fit, we will place the veneers.
After applying a special acid that creates small pores in the surface of the teeth, we will use a dental compound to secure the veneers in place.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
For those patients who are ideal candidates, porcelain veneers offer a number of benefits over teeth whitening:
- Porcelain veneers can improve the size, shape, and color of the teeth
- Porcelain veneers address intrinsic discoloration, or that which is present on the inner layers of the teeth
- Porcelain veneers conceal imperfections such as chips, cracks, fractures, and minor misalignment problems
- Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years
If you want to improve the color of your teeth while enhancing the overall appearance of your smile, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers. To learn more about the applications and benefits of porcelain veneers, contact us at your earliest convenience.