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 from Dr. Grapevine?
Porcelain veneers can offer a smile makeover that is natural-looking and 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 consider all aspects of your smile, including the function and fit of your bite. Your personalized treatment plan will address your aesthetic goals and any underlying dental health concerns that may affect the integrity of your results.
One of the biggest perks of porcelain veneers is how many cosmetic dental issues they can treat. Each porcelain veneer is custom-made for your smile, giving you the perfect restoration for your needs. We color-match veneers to the shade of white you desire, so that you can have the brightest smile possible. They fit the size and shape of your natural teeth, too, allowing them to close small gaps in the teeth while still looking natural.
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 the 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.
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.”
Porcelain Veneers Aftercare
Veneers last a long time, but their longevity depends on how well you take care of them. The most important thing is to follow a regular oral healthcare plan. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Your veneers may not be able to get cavities, but the natural teeth under them still do. Veneers rely on the integrity of the tooth underneath them. If that’s compromised, they loosen and can fall off.
Veneers are stain-resistant and durable, but they’re not invinceable. Over time, the veneers will still stain. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, try to drink through a straw and eliminate contact with the veneer as much as possible. Smoking is another big factor in staining. If a veneer stains, it can’t be whitened with traditional methods, you’ll have to get an entirely new veneer.
If there’s too much pressure focused on one veneer, it can still chip or crack.Veneers can even fall off if the pressure is applied in the wrong way to the veneer. Try to avoid as much biting down directly on the veneer as you can, so there isn’t a ton of pressure on them. If you grind your teeth, talk to the dentist about getting a mouthguard to wear at night. This protects the veneers from the pressure of you clenching and grinding your teeth.
Certain habits can damage the veneers, too. Avoid chewing ice and your fingernails, as these are hard things to bite down on. Don’t use your teeth as tools, either. Many people use them to tear open packages or open bottles and things like that. All of those things make it far more likely for you to damage your veneers.
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.
Can I whiten my porcelain veneers?
No, traditional whitening methods won’t work on veneers. They’re specifically for natural, living materials, which porcelain is not. If you stain your veneer, we’ll have to completely replace it. we’ll color-match it to the shade of white that you desire.
Can I get cavities with porcelain veneers?
The porcelain veneer itself isn’t susceptible to tooth decay or cavities. But your natural teeth are still under there. You’re still able to get cavities. You have to brush and floss regularly to ensure the teeth under the veneers stay healthy. Veneers rely on the tooth structure. If that gets compromised, the veneer can loosen or fall off.
Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a great solution to a variety of cosmetic dental problems. You have to be in optimal oral health before getting veneers, or we’ll need to perform treatment before getting them. You also have to be sure of a permanent restoration. Once you get veneers, those teeth will need to have a restoration on them forever because of the amount of tooth structure that we need to remove.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Visit Jacob Grapevine, DDS at Signature Dentistry for the best cosmetic dentistry Plano offers. Our dental care team makes it their passion to provide patients with high-quality, natural restorations. Call us to request an appointment for a dental exam and cosmetic dentistry consultation today at (972) 449-5759.