Porcelain Veneers: Before and After
Porcelain veneers are one of the most widely performed cosmetic dentistry treatments. These restorations sit over the natural teeth to conceal aesthetic blemishes and completely transform the smile. Cosmetic dentists Dr. C. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch prepare their Austin, TX, patients for what to anticipate during porcelain veneers treatment, and what they can expect from their smile before and after porcelain veneers are in place.
Your Smile Before Porcelain Veneers
Individuals who consider porcelain veneers treatment often do so because their smile has been compromised by one or more cosmetic flaws. The blemishes are typically superficial, meaning that they compromise the appearance of the smile without impacting oral health or functions. Imperfections that may be present prior to porcelain veneers treatment include:
- Tooth discoloration
- Dental stains
- Minor cracks, chips, or fractures
- Gapped teeth
- Minor misalignment problems
- Small or misshapen teeth
Porcelain Veneers Treatment
Porcelain veneers treatment usually takes place in two stages. During the first stage of treatment our dentists design the veneer that will best meet our patient’s cosmetic needs. We take into account the size, shape, and color of the natural teeth, so that the veneer will enhance the smile without making it look unnatural. During this first phase of treatment we also prepare the tooth for veneer placement by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. Finally, we take impressions of the teeth to ensure that the veneer will fit comfortably and securely.
After design specifications have been made, they are sent to a dental laboratory where the veneer is fabricated. Once complete, our Austin patients return for placement. The veneer is bonded to the front surface of the tooth with a tooth-colored dental compound.
Your Smile After Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are roughly the width of a contact lens. Despite being small in size, veneers make a huge impact. Porcelain veneers can completely transform the smile. They conceal blemishes and reveal a smile that is more uniform and attractive. After porcelain veneers treatment our Austin patients enjoy a smile that appears brighter, whiter, straighter, and free of flaws, like chips, cracks, fractures, and misalignment problems.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
To maintain the results of porcelain veneers treatment as long as possible, there are some aftercare tips that patients should follow. These practices protect porcelain veneers, and the natural teeth underneath, so that the results of porcelain veneers treatment are long-lasting.
- Brush the teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Avoid bad dental habits, like nail biting, using the teeth as tools, and teeth grinding/clenching
- Avoid foods that are particularly hard, crunchy, or sticky
- Minimize consumption of stain-causing foods and beverages
Contact Our Dental Practice
If cosmetic blemishes are keeping you from enjoying the natural beauty of your smile, porcelain veneers treatment can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To learn more about porcelain veneers, and whether you are an ideal candidate for this cosmetic dentistry treatment, send us a message online, or call (512) 458-6222 to schedule an appointment.