Thanks to advances in technology as well as dental materials, procedures, and techniques, patients can attain the smile of their dreams in one to a few dental appointments. When this sounds too good to be true, patients in Longview, TX will ask well-known dentist Dr. Clint Bruyere, “Do cosmetic smile enhancements require dental surgeons?” He will reply, “No,” and explain the types of non-surgical treatments available.
Among various cosmetic dental treatments, dentists can use wafer thin porcelain veneers to cover less than perfect teeth. There are several smile imperfections including discolored, misaligned, gapped, uneven, misshapen, cracked, chipped, and fractured teeth. The veneer procedure is simple and can be completed in two dental appointments.
During a consultation, Dr. Bruyere will examine the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. If you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, Dr. Bruyere will make impressions of your mouth and prepare a wax model to show you. After Dr. Bruyere ensures you are happy with the color, shape, and length of the model veneers, he will minimally prepare the teeth for temporary veneers. The tooth preparation is minimal, and the purpose is to ensure optimal fit and natural appearance of the final veneers. Dr. Bruyere will ensure the utmost comfort while gently performing the procedure. Some patients do not need local anesthetic. Impressions will be taken and sent to a professional dental laboratory for fabrication of the veneers. It can take about three weeks for the veneers to be completed, so Dr. Bruyere will place temporary veneers. Once the final customized veneers arrive, Dr. Bruyere will check them for precise fit and appearance before permanently bonding them to the teeth and polishing them.
Porcelain veneers treatment is an example of a cosmetic dental service that does not require surgery, or, in some cases, local anesthetic. Dental crowns can also rejuvenate the smile. We can use porcelain as well as several other materials that blend naturally with the smile. The restorations serve many purposes. We use crowns to strengthen and protect weak or damaged teeth. They are used in dental bridges and placed on top of dental implants.
To learn more about other cosmetic dental treatments that do not require surgery, call our friendly team at (903) 708-6116.