Porcelain Veneers in Houston, TX
What Are Dental Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite material that is customized and adhered to a tooth. They are one of the most popular and beautiful ways to improve cosmetic flaws in your smile. Porcelain veneers (or laminate veneers) are ideal because the material closely mimics the natural characteristics of real tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent and able to refract light, which gives it a multi-dimensional appearance. Dr. Anderson offers two types of tooth veneers at his Houston dentist office; traditional porcelain veneers and Prepless Veneers.
Through, Houston dentist Dr. Anderson’s, skillful use of porcelain veneers, his patients are able to receive life-changing results. Porcelelain dental veneers are great for correcting many common dental issues such as:
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Too long or too short teeth
- Cracked teeth or otherwise damaged teeth
- Discolored or yellow teeth
- Irregularly-shaped teeth
- Teeth with worn enamel
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
When we don’t love our smile, we hide it. The implications of hiding your smile are low self-esteem and low self-confidence. In turn, this can cause a negative impact on both our personal and professional relationships.
When we hide our smiles by covering them with our hands or, worse yet, not smiling at all, we give a false impression of ourselves. Since 80 percent of communication consists of body language, other people begin to think of us as closed-off, unfriendly, and not worth getting to know.
Correcting issues regarding our smile is one of the quickest ways to restore confidence and build better relationships.
How Do Dental Veneers Work
Tooth veneers are similar to tooth crowns (also known as caps) in their purpose. However, unlike dental crowns, they merely create a new “front” for the tooth instead of covering the entire tooth. If the tooth is damaged, chipped, misshapen, or crooked, a traditional veneer may be called for. In this case, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area being treated.
A portion of tooth structure may need to be removed in order to facilitate the veneer’s proper fit, function, and appearance. The removal amount depends on how much misalignment exists. Impressions are taken and sent to the lab where customized porcelain veneers are then created.
Once the veneers are complete, the patient returns to the office for Dr. Anderson to assess the proper fit, bite, and appearance of the veneers. When all are satisfied, Dr. Anderson then uses special bonding agents to adhere the veneer to the tooth. No-Prep veneers, also know as prepless veneers, are made in the same way. However, they are suited to the patient requiring little or no adjustment in the alignment of the front teeth.
Dental veneers are great for correcting smaller dental issues too, such as discoloration or size of teeth. Without the need for drilling, the prepless veneer is great for those who desire an improved smile without injections. Call our Houston dentist office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson, DDS, to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.