Whenever you see your smile in the mirror or a picture, how does it make you feel? Do you immediately notice the flaws? Are you constantly hiding your teeth because of obvious stains, chips, cracks, or gaps? If so, then porcelain veneers in Tyler, TX can make them all disappear in as little as 2 appointments. This treatment can be custom designed by Dr. Perez to give you the big, bright, and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, and then you’ll enjoy it every day for decades to come.
A porcelain veneer is actually a very thin ceramic covering that is placed over the front of a tooth. It’s designed to resemble flawless white enamel, and when applied to multiple teeth, they can completely change the look of the smile for the better. The procedure involves removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth to ensure the veneers lay flat, taking an impression, and then sending it to a lab for the veneers to be made. Then, at a follow-up appointment, Dr. Perez bonds the veneers to the teeth using dental cement.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile for any reason, porcelain veneers may be the right treatment for you. They can be used to correct:
However, it should be noted that veneers cannot be used to treat problems such as cavities or gum disease. If a patient has one of these issues, it will need to be addressed before they can get veneers.
The biggest benefit of porcelain veneers is boosted confidence. Confidence is absolutely essential to any goal you hope to accomplish, whether it’s personal or professional. They also offer a way to make slightly misaligned teeth appear straighter without having to undergo braces, which is why many dentists call them “instant orthodontics.” Veneers are also extremely strong and can be used to strengthen and reinforce the teeth so a patient is able to bite and eat with more security.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments available today, which explains why they have been exploding in popularity in recent years. However, it’s important that you’re armed with as much knowledge as possible before you go through with the procedure. That’s why we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about veneers in Tyler down below.
In order for the veneers to sit flush against your teeth, it’s necessary for us to shave off a tiny sliver of enamel. Because enamel does not grow back once it has been removed, this makes veneers a permanent treatment. Your affected teeth will always need some sort of protection going forward, whether that’s with veneers or another restoration like dental crowns. For this reason, it’s important that you’re absolutely sure that veneers are the treatment you really want.
It shouldn’t. Before preparing your teeth and placing the veneers, we’ll make sure your teeth are numb by administering a local anesthetic. This ensures you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. However, your mouth might be a little sore afterward, but this can be managed by taking an over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
Typically, veneers last around 10 years before they have to be replaced, but you can prolong their lifespan even further by taking excellent care of them. Fortunately, this doesn’t involve anything beyond what you would extend to your natural pearly whites. Brush and floss every day as you would normally. Attend dental checkups and cleanings with us at least twice a year. Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard during sporting events or a nightguard if you suffer from nocturnal teeth grinding. Lastly, avoid using your teeth as tools to open packaging, hold grocery bags, etc.
There is no fixed cost of getting veneers because every patient’s case is different. Your price will vary based on factors such as how many veneers you’re receiving and where in the mouth they’re being placed. It also depends on whether your insurance decides to cover the cost. In most cases, they don’t since veneers are often considered a purely cosmetic treatment. However, our team is more than happy to take a look at your policy and determine whether you qualify for coverage for veneers.
We recommend sticking to a soft food diet for a few days after getting your veneers placed, as your teeth are still adjusting and may be sore. After that, you should be able to eat virtually anything you want. Just like with your natural teeth, however, there are some foods you should limit or avoid since they can chip or break your veneers in the same way they would damage enamel. These foods include: