What Can Porcelain Veneer Do For Your Smile?
There are usually several goals that can be accomplished by dental veneers.
1. Change the color of a tooth
-Making teeth whiter
-Making teeth match in color
2. Change the shape/alignment of a tooth
-Make your teeth look straighter/better aligned
-Close Diastemas (Gap between your front teeth)
3. Fix chips and discolored/leaky restoration
What To Expect With Porcelain Dental Veneer
The most important part of doing veneer is the initial planning. A comprehensive exam must be performed first to ensure the teeth that will get veneer is a good candidat for veneer. As part of the comprehensive exam, photos and impressions of the mouth will be taken and sent to the lab where the veneers are shaped in wax.
On the second visit, the patient and the dentist will discuss the possibilites, and if necessary, any changes or modifications to the wax veneer and communicate it to the lab.
On the third visit, the tooth will be prepared for the porcelain veneers. A mold is taken and sent to the lab for fabrication. The patient will receive temporary veneers during this time, and can see what the final results will be and provide feedback as needed which would also be relayed to the lab.
Finally, after the dental veneers are received from the lab, they will be tried on the teeth first and checked for fit. Sometimes slight adjustments are needed and the veneer can be customized even more chair side. Once the patient loves the way they look, the veneers are bonded into place permanently.
With proper care and careful planning and execution, porcelain dental veneers can create a confident smile that can last for years.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Dental Veneers In El Paso, Texas
Do I Need To Take Special Care With Dental Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers do not require special care. When done correctly with the proper case selection, the veneers are extremely durable. With routine dental exams and cleanings, and daily oral hygiene with flossing and brushing, they can last anywhere from 7 to 20 years.
Do veneers change color or stain?
Because the material for dental veneers are very strong and none porous, they do not change color over time. However, the underlying tooth may change color over time with habits such as daily coffee intake. To minimize this, it is recommended that the patient be careful with their food intake if they have a tendency to get staining on their natural teeth.
Are Dental Veneers Covered By Dental Insurances?
Some private dental insurances may cover part of the cost associated with dental veneers, however, a majority of the time insurances consider dental veneers a cosmetic procedure, which usually falls in a none covered service category. There are times where due to the teeth already deteriorating, the dental veneer is actually considered a covered benefit, our insurance specialist would be able to tell you.
How Many Veneers Do I Need?
Veneers are typically done in even numbers (ie, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc) due to the need to be symmetrical. Doing them in even numbers ensures we get maximum symmetry, which enhances the aesthetics of your teeth and natural beauty. The exact amount of veneer needed is planned out with the dentist during the treatment planning phase to ensure that you understand what results can be achieved with however many veneers.