Whether they are used for subtle changes or a dramatic transformation, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in Plano, TX available. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that cover teeth to close gaps and eliminate less than perfect imperfections. If you have stained, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth then porcelain veneers may be right for you.
They are small, individual additions cemented to the front of certain teeth to make them look much more attractive. They will look as natural as possible and match the original look of your enamel. They’re relatively quick to apply and they greatly enhance a person’s overall smile.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers in Plano, TX?
Porcelain veneers can offer a smile makeover that is natural-looking, personalized to your appearance and existing teeth. They can greatly improve the look of an individual’s teeth when applied by a professionally trained cosmetic dentist. The high-quality ceramic material provides stain resistance and long-term durability that you do not find in alternative cosmetic treatments such as tooth bonding.
Dr. Grapevine will take into consideration all aspects of your smile, including the function and fit of your bite. Your personalized treatment plan will address your aesthetic goals as well as any underlying dental health concerns that may affect the integrity of your results.
You can brush, floss, and rinse these porcelain dental veneers just like normal, original teeth. A toothbrush will not erode either the enamel or the porcelain on top of the teeth. They can easily last ten years or more after first application. They can also withstand the hardest amount of chewing pressure including biting into apples, raw carrots, and all types of peanuts and hard seeds.
What To Expect: Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The porcelain veneers process requires three visits to design, create, and place the restoration. First, the dentist will scrape off a little tooth enamel on the affected tooth. Then he will form the patient’s tooth structure into an adhesive mold. Next, he may cement temporary veneers in place so your tooth or teeth doesn’t look off. Finally, at the third dental visit, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and firmly cement the permanent ones into place over the existing, specific teeth.
Here is what you can expect:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning: Our dentist in Plano, TX will start with an examination of your teeth and smile. He will take photos and impressions of your teeth so you can see your newly created smile before we actually start. This is where you will voice your desires and expectations so we can deliver your ideal smile.
- Preparation: Dr. Grapevine will conservatively remove a minimal amount of enamel, about 1/2 millimeter from each tooth receiving a veneer. Then he will make custom temporary veneers. The temporary veneers look very real, so some patients mistake them for the final permanent porcelain veneers. This procedure may require some local anesthesia. We will take a custom impression and then send your impressions to a trusted lab. There, they will hand-make each veneer according to our specifications for your smile. The veneers will be ready in about two to three weeks.
- Cementation: We will remove the temporaries and then place the veneers on your teeth. We will check the fit and color of the veneers and once they have met your approval, we will clean the teeth and permanently bond the veneers to the teeth.
- Follow Up Care and Maintenance: You will return one to two weeks and the final cementation for a follow-up visit. Brush and floss normally and use non-abrasive toothpaste to keep your teeth and the porcelain dental veneers clean. Good home care will ensure optimal durability and appearance.
Let us know if you clench or grind your teeth. We may suggest a night guard to protect your porcelain dental veneers.
Porcelain Veneers Before & After
Dr. Grapevine dedicates each day to providing natural-looking porcelain restorations that are comfortable and long-lasting.
See more porcelain veneers before and after photos in our Smile Gallery.
Our Patients Say It Best
“Dr. Grapevine went beyond my wants and gave me a better smile I never thought possible. He boosted my self-esteem and my smile is ten times better than before. I never wanted to show my teeth and now I cannot stop smiling and I am always looking at my teeth.”
Frequently Asked Questions: Porcelain Veneers
Do porcelain veneers look natural?
Absolutely! Porcelain veneers consist of dental porcelain that reflects light like natural tooth enamel, so they look and feel completely natural. Dr. Grapevine designs custom dental veneers so that they are virtually undetectable – no one will know you have them, but they will notice your stunning smile!
How long do porcelain veneers last?
With proper care, veneers can brighten your smile for well over a decade or much longer. There are highly resistant to stains from food, beverages, and tobacco so your smile will stay beautiful. Veneers come in many qualities, styles, shapes, and shades. Visit with us about the options that will work best for you.
What are the alternatives to porcelain veneers?
In addition to porcelain veneers, Dr. Grapevine offers Lumineers and cosmetic bonding. These alternative treatments are great for patients who simply have minor concerns, budget considerations or are concerned about removing healthy tooth structure.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Visit Jacob Grapevine, DDS at Signature Dentistry for the best cosmetic dentistry Plano has to offer. Our dental care team makes it their passion to provide patients with high-quality, natural restorations. Give us a call to request an appointment for a dental exam and cosmetic dentistry consultation today at (972) 449-5759.