There is no denying the remarkably beautiful, natural-looking smiles that can be achieved with porcelain veneers. Whether a person is looking to conceal gaps between their teeth or even out tooth length, porcelain veneers can help. One of the most compelling benefits of veneers, however, is brightening up a dull or stained smile. At Dr. Tim’s Dental Clinic we are highly trained in the most advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques used today and is committed to helping Pflugerville, TX patients get the smiles of their dreams with porcelain veneers. In this blog, we’ll discuss what results you can expect with porcelain veneers and cover four important things you can do to keep your veneers looking their brightest and whitest over time.
How can veneers fix my smile?
When it comes to creating a Hollywood-worthy smile, there is virtually no better option than porcelain veneers. These durable, stain-resistant veneers fit perfectly over the front of a tooth and can be used to conceal or correct a wide range of imperfections, including:
- Dull teeth
- Yellow teeth
- Stained teeth
- Chipped tooth
- Gaps between teeth
- Short teeth
- Small teeth
- Uneven teeth
For porcelain veneers to be placed, Dr. Tim first removes a very small amount of enamel. This process typically does not cause discomfort and is necessary to allow the veneer to fit properly over the tooth without affecting the bite. Once the teeth have been prepared, temporary veneers will be placed in anticipation of the arrival of the porcelain veneers, which takes about 1 – 2 weeks. At that appointment, Dr. Tim will remove the temporary veneers and fit the final porcelain veneers in the patient’s mouth. After ensuring a pleasing look and proper bite, Dr. Tim will cement the veneers into position.
How long do veneers last?
With proper care, most patients can enjoy their porcelain veneers for up to 10 –15 years or longer. It is important to remember that while porcelain veneers are considered durable and resistant to stains, they still can become damaged and/or stained. Should this happen, Dr. Tim can repair or replace the veneer to once again restore a beautiful and complete smile.
How can I keep my porcelain veneers white?
If you have begun doing your research on porcelain veneers, you may already know that traditional teeth whitening treatments are not effective for veneers. However, there are several ways you can keep your smile looking its best possible throughout the lifespan of your veneers. Four helpful ways to minimize porcelain veneer staining are:
- Avoid staining foods and beverages (coffee, tea, red wine, etc.)
- Do not smoke
- Brush and floss twice daily
- Schedule twice-yearly in-office dental cleanings
Believe it or not, keeping your porcelain veneers bright and virtually stain-free isn’t much different than keeping your natural teeth looking their best. With proper hygiene and care, porcelain veneers can give you a celebrity smile that you can enjoy for years to come.
Transform your smile with porcelain veneers
When it comes to elevating your look, fewer things can make as much of a difference as a bright, beautiful smile. Take the first step toward getting your dream smile by calling Us to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Tim’s Dental Clinic