Veneers Pasadena TX
What are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells of ceramic that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth. They can create a white, even, and attractive smile. Veneers make it possible to correct a variety of problems, including:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Yellowing or stains
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Small holes or pits in teeth
- Uneven or undersized teeth
A veneer placed on top of a tooth can quickly and easily help achieve a beautiful smile. Although some veneers are designed to be removable, most are permanent and are bonded very tightly to the tooth they are protecting. The advancements in technology have improved bonding agents to the point where some types of veneers may last for 20 years or more.
Types Of Veneers Dr. Covell offers
Porcelain Or Indirect Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a laboratory and applied to the teeth. They resist stains better than composite veneers and better simulate the shine of natural teeth. Two appointments are required for this process: one for taking an impression, and a second for preparing the natural teeth and placing the veneers once they have been created. Lumineers® and Vivaneers® are two types of porcelain veneers that are so thin they don’t require any tooth-buffing before placement.
Composite Or Direct Veneers
Composite veneers are much faster and more efficient than porcelain veneers. They can be set and fixed within one visit and cost significantly less money. Composite veneers are thinner and require less removal of the tooth surface before placement. They can expand and contract with natural fluctuations in tooth size, which makes it the perfect choice for repairing fractured teeth.
The Veneer Procedure
The placement of porcelain veneers will require three appointments for the following:
Diagnosis And Treatment Planning
During this appointment, your dentist will examine the teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate. An X-ray may also be taken at this time. The dentist will also discuss the corrective abilities and limitations of the procedure, as well as provide the patient an opportunity to take an active role in designing and discussing the restorative veneer process.
At the second appointment, the teeth receiving the veneers are lightly buffed to prepare the surface for proper adhesion. The tooth is typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. An impression is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for creation of the custom-made veneer. A temporary veneer can be placed if the patient is uncomfortable with the appearance of the natural teeth. The veneer is usually ready one to two weeks later.
At the third appointment, the dentist will test the veneers onto the teeth with water or glycerin to determine that they are perfect in fit and color. The color of the veneer can still be adjusted at this time by altering the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the tooth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied between the teeth and veneer. Finally, a special light is used to quickly harden the cement.
How do I maintain and take care of my Veneers?
Veneers should be treated just like natural teeth. They should be brushed and flossed regularly. Porcelain or Composite veneers will not be damaged by brushing and flossing, although using non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended.
Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur after placement of veneers. This is caused by the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. Sensitivity is a very common residual effect that typically dissipates in one to two weeks.
New veneers will help achieve the goal of improving the appearance of teeth. With proper home care and regular dental visits, patients will experience long lasting success with their new veneers and smile.
What aesthetic problems would make a good candidate for veneers?
Veneers are an excellent aesthetic solution to many issues with the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are the ultimate restoration for:
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained, discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or wear
- Providing an alternative to orthodontic work
They are only cosmetic
It’s important to note that veneers are only a cosmetic solution and are applied atop healthy teeth. Issues such as decay or gum disease must be taken care of before veneers are applied. Veneers simply cover cosmetic problems.
Is it painful to have veneers placed?
Some patients feel mild sensitivity during the process of shaving off the enamel to make room for porcelain veneers. Anesthesia is available, but most patients don’t feel the need. Cementing the veneers to your teeth is painless. Once you have the veneers on your teeth, you may experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold due to the removal of the outer portion of the tooth enamel. This sensitivity goes away within a few days.
Are there any risks to having veneers placed on my teeth?
These are risk-free procedures with Dr. Covell. There are no incisions, so there isn’t any risk of infection. For porcelain veneers, Dr. Covell will shave about .5 mm of enamel from the front of the teeth to receive veneers. This makes room for the veneer to sit on the tooth. This doesn’t present any risk, but it is a permanent change in the teeth; they will always need to be covered with a veneer moving forward.
Will my veneers need to be replaced?
The lifespan of your veneers can be dependent on the health of the underlying teeth and surrounding gums. Porcelain veneers will generally last from seven to 20 years.
It’s important to understand that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. Because we remove a portion of the enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer, those teeth will always need to have veneers on them. Once your veneers reach their lifespan, you’ll need to have a new set made to replace them.
Will I have recovery after having my veneers placed?
There isn’t any recovery after Dr. Covell places veneers on your teeth. If you received porcelain veneers, because he has removed a tiny amount of the enamel from the front of the teeth receiving veneers, they can be a little sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks for a few days. But this passes as the teeth quickly adjust.
Otherwise, there isn’t any downtime afterwards. You can get right back to work (and show them your new dazzling smile!) or your other normal activities immediately upon leaving our Vista Road offices.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat with dental veneers?
Veneers are very strong and sturdy, but certain bad habits such as nail biting, chewing ice, and using your teeth to open packages or bottles can lead to a veneer coming off. These habits are bad for your natural teeth anyway, so they should be curtailed. As for foods, you may want to avoid biting into some extremely sticky foods such as caramel apples, to avoid placing extreme pressure on the veneers and their underlying cement. But you really don’t have any food restrictions.
Will veneers increase the risk of tooth decay or cavities?
Veneers do not increase the likelihood that a tooth will have decay in any way. Caring for your veneers is no different than caring for your teeth without veneers. If your care is lackadaisical, or if you neglect your twice-yearly cleanings and exams with Dr. Covell and our team, the underlying teeth can develop decay and cavities. But the veneers don’t change that one way or the other. With proper care, your veneers can last up to 20 years.
How do porcelain veneers compare with Lumineers/Vivaneers?
The concept behind porcelain veneers and Lumineers/Vivaneers (brand names for another option) is the same — to cover cosmetic flaws on your teeth. The difference is that to make room for the porcelain veneer, a slight amount of tooth enamel is removed.
Lumineers/Vivaneers do not require the removal of any enamel. Because of this, Lumineers/Vivaneers can be reversed, meaning down the road you can remove them and not replace them if you see fit. Of course, you will then also expose again the same flaws you sought to hide in the first place. Lumineers/Vivaneers, because they don’t require the removal of any enamel, do change the patient’s smile somewhat.
So, why would anyone not opt for Lumineers/Vivaneers? They can cause ledges at the gumline that lead to inflammation. This is because they do add size to the tooth. Lumineers/Vivaneers are best when covering many teeth rather than simply one or two teeth. They are not a good idea if the patient grinds his or her teeth.
Dr. Covell will discuss the differences with you during your consultation for dental veneers.