Most people believe that they can only dream of having the picture-perfect smiles of celebrities and movie stars. But most of the time, those gorgeous smiles are the result of a relatively simple cosmetic dentistry procedure called porcelain veneers. And we have more good news: veneers are one of the many cosmetic services that Dr. Williamson offers to his patients from throughout the San Antonio, Texas area.
What You Should Know about Porcelain Veneers
Just as the name implies, porcelain veneers consist of an extremely thin layer of porcelain that is placed directly over the surface of the patient’s teeth. But this isn’t the porcelain used in fine china! Instead, dental porcelain is a remarkably strong and durable material that can be made to be virtually any shade and actually protects the dental patient’s natural teeth for many years! In fact, most people can keep their veneers for 10 years before they need to be replaced. But a lot of patients keep them for much longer than that if they take care of them properly.
The procedure involved in getting new porcelain veneers is remarkably simple. The first step is when Dr. Williamson removes a very thin layer of enamel from the patient’s tooth. This will allow the veneer to attach more readily to the tooth surface. After that, Dr. Williamson applies the veneer to the tooth surface and uses a specially designed light to harden the material. That’s it! The procedure may be simple, but the results are absolutely stunning.
Other Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
We’ve already explained how veneers can create a perfect-looking smile, particularly if the patient elects to have veneers placed on all the teeth that are visible when they smile. But there are other valid reasons for porcelain veneers. They resolve a variety of minor dental issues, such as small cracks and chips, misaligned teeth, worn-down teeth and teeth with wide gaps in between. And because the porcelain material can be made to exactly match the shade of your other teeth, no one will ever know that one or more of your teeth are covered by veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers
At Mark J. Williamson, we provide a wide variety of treatment options that can help you recover from numerous oral health concerns. This includes porcelain veneers. We will always answer your questions before we get started, and some of the most common questions we get asked include:
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are like shells for your teeth. They are very thin but also very durable. They are also made from materials that are designed to look like your teeth. Therefore, when veneers are put over your teeth, you should not be able to tell the difference between a veneer and the other teeth. When we place porcelain veneers, we will bond them to the surfaces of your teeth to make sure they look as good as possible.
Are there any other types of veneers?
Porcelain veneers are among the most popular types of veneers, but there are other options available as well. For example, composite bonding veneers are also frequently used for dental veneers. These are made from resin that is shaped and bonded to match your teeth. In contrast, porcelain veneers are typically made in a lab instead of using resin. Porcelain veneers are typically much more resistant to staining when compared to other types of materials that might be used to make veneers.
What are some of the most common reasons why I might need dental veneers?
There are a number of reasons why we might recommend porcelain veneers. For example, if you have a tooth that is stained or that simply sticks out from the rest of your mouth, you can cover the stand using a porcelain veneer. Or, if you have a tooth that is chipped or cracked, you can use porcelain veneers to cover up this cosmetic defect bigger if your teeth are also a bit too far apart, we might be able to fill the gap by using porcelain veneers to make your teeth look bigger. If you have an issue with the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, we might be able to solve this problem for you using porcelain veneers.
What are some of the biggest advantages of using veneers?
There are a number of significant advantages that come with porcelain veneers. One of the biggest advantages is that the procedure is very short. It does not take very long to get porcelain veneers placed. Furthermore, you do not have to worry about altering the structure of your tooth. You do not have to file down the tooth to get porcelain veneers put in place. In addition, the color of the veneers can be customized to meet your needs. That way, it will blend in perfectly with the surrounding teeth.
What are some of the drawbacks of having dental veneers placed?
There are a few drawbacks of having dental veneers placed as well. In general, once the veneer has been put in place, the process is not reversible. If something happens to the veneer and it cracks, it is very difficult to repair the veneer without simply replacing the entire thing. Furthermore, many years are not a good option for people who like to grind or clench their teeth. You also should not get veneers if you believe you will bite your nails. Otherwise, you will crack your veneers, leading to an expensive repair process.
What makes someone a good candidate for dental veneers?
There are a number of factors that will make someone a good candidate for porcelain veneers. If you have teeth that are chipped or stand, the veneers can cover up these existing defects. Furthermore, if you are looking for a smile makeover, dental veneers can be right for you. On the other hand, if you have a lot of oral decay in your mouth, veneers are not a good option, as you will simply trap the decay underneath the veneer, leading to significant oral health concerns.
How long do dental veneers last?
In general, you should expect your dental veneers to last between five and 10 years. You do not need to do anything special to your porcelain veneers. All you need to do is take care of your teeth using brushing and flossing like you otherwise would. Furthermore, you still need to go to the dentist every six months for regular cleaning.
How much will it cost for me to get porcelain veneers?
We understand that you are probably on a tight budget, and you are concerned about how much this procedure will cost. There are a number of factors that will play a role in how expensive your procedure will be. It depends on the type of dental insurance you have, how long the procedure takes, your current oral health, and the number of veneers you need. We will work with you personally to help you save as much money as possible, and we will let you know how many veneers we think you need.
Does it hurt to get porcelain veneers placed?
You should not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. We will numb your mouth to make sure you do not feel anything. You should expect your gums to be a bit sore after the procedure is done and the anesthesia wears off. Typically, you can solve any soreness using over-the-counter medications, but if you are concerned about discomfort, we will work with you to make you more comfortable.
Contact Mark J. Williamson, DDS To Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
If you think porcelain veneers might be right for you, it would be our pleasure to work with you. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we have a tremendous amount of experience placing porcelain veneers in a wide variety of situations. We may be able to help you improve your smile with porcelain veneers as well. Contact us today to make an appointment.
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To find out more about porcelain veneers, contact our San Antonio, Texas office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Williamson.