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Porcelain Veneers Can Conceal an Array of Cosmetic Blemishes for a Smile Transformation

Dr. C. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch want you to have a beautiful smile that you really love. That is why they proudly offer porcelain veneers at their Austin, TX, practice. Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of individual teeth. They can conceal minor cosmetic imperfections such as stains, asymmetry, slight misalignment, and similar concerns. Because they are custom made for one or more teeth, veneers can give your smile a subtle improvement or a whole new look. At 38th Street Dental, we can use this popular technique to transform a less-than-perfect smile into a gorgeous grin that looks completely natural in as little as two weeks.

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can correct a host of cosmetic concerns. Therefore, if you struggle with any of the following problems, this treatment may be right for you:

  • Discoloration, particularly dark stains inside your teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Disproportionately small or worn teeth
  • Small gaps in your smile
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Minor chips or cracks that have not weakened your teeth


To qualify for veneers, you should have overall good oral health. Teeth with cavities or previous fillings may not be strong enough to withstand the preparation process. In addition, gum disease may affect your candidacy for veneers, although you may be able to receive them following appropriate periodontal care.

Because they are custom made for one or more teeth, veneers can give your smile a subtle improvement or a whole new look.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

Cosmetic dentistry with porcelain veneers can be accomplished by one of two methods.  In cases where we want to blend one to four veneers into a person’s smile, a “full prep” procedure is used.  Full prep veneers are necessary to allow the new restorations to have a place in the smile instead of creating bulk and thickness that is unsightly.  Under local anesthetic, the teeth to be veneered are reshaped with care to allow room from the new facing to be bonded to the tooth.  Full prep veneers are conservative compared to crowns and are a fantastic treatment modality for limited cosmetic cases.

For patients wanting to change color, shape, or alignment of the teeth and create a fabulous and perfect “look” for their smile a minimally invasive “no prep” or “limited prep” veneer is the treatment of choice.  Only minor changes are made to the teeth and rarely is local anesthetic needed to complete this type of case.

Before placing “no prep” veneers, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will make small changes to the contours of the teeth. Because our dentists take such a conservative approach, the treatment will involve negligible discomfort, and you will not usually need any local anesthesia. Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that our partner lab can fabricate your custom veneers. In the meantime, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch may place temporary veneers to prevent sensitivity. 

Illustration showing how a porcelain veneer would attach to the front of a tooth
Porcelain veneers attach to the fronts of teeth and can dramatically alter a tooth’s color and shape to enhance appearance.

Once the veneers are back in our office, your dentist will treat your teeth using a mild etching and cleaning solution. This process microscopically increases the surface area of your teeth to allow the veneers to adhere very securely. Finally, your practitioner will use dental cement, or composite, to attach the porcelain shells, polish, and adjust your new smile.

Risks and Benefits of Veneers

Our dentists are extremely skilled in the placement of porcelain veneers. Therefore, the treatment will involve minimal risks. Of course, all procedures carry some chance of undesirable side effects. The risks of veneers can include dental sensitivity and damage to the deeper layers of tissue. However, any sensitivity should dissipate in a few weeks. Plus, when you receive treatment from a highly trained and experienced dentist like Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch, the risk of dental damage is negligible.

On the other hand, veneers have a variety of tremendous benefits.

  • Made from advanced porcelain, our veneers will have a natural color that will be a near-perfect match to your teeth. Because they are slightly translucent, they will also have a realistic sparkle, just like dental enamel.
  • Veneers can correct several different cosmetic concerns simultaneously. Accordingly, they can save you the time and expense of multiple dental treatments.
  • It is easy to care for veneers. You will just need to brush, floss, and make regular dental visits, as normal.
  • When you maintain this proper care, your veneers could last for years.
  • Thanks to your transformed smile, you could also enjoy a new sense of confidence that could even improve your work and social life.

Schedule an Appointment at 38th Street Dental

Veneers can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. To learn more about veneers and to find out if they are right for you, contact our office today.

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