Porcelain veneers are a popular restorative procedure that can completely transform the appearance of the smile. These thin, small covers that are custom-made to bond onto the front of the teeth can make as subtle or as dramatic of a change as patients desire. Dr. Clint Bruyere is a cosmetic dentist in Longview, TX. He is pleased to offer porcelain veneers for patients who want to make an impact on crooked, broken, or otherwise imperfect teeth near the front of the smile.
Porcelain veneers are used in many different situations when the teeth near the front of the smile, or the “anterior teeth,” need to be addressed. These facings can be bonded onto the front of the teeth. The veneers are made to match the appearance of the existing teeth in shape, size, and color to ensure a natural-looking solution. If porcelain veneers are not prepared to match the existing teeth, the restoration will stand out as an apparent dental restoration. Instead, Dr. Clint Bruyere wants to ensure that the repairs placed in his practice are cosmetic and beautiful.
Porcelain veneers work best in the following situations:
First, patients need to request a consultation appointment with their cosmetic dentist. Dr. Clint Bruyere of Longview, TX evaluates patients to determine if they could benefit from porcelain veneers. In some situations, he may encourage patients to consider alternatives such as dental crowns, composite resin bonding, or even orthodontic services. This is determined during the first visit.
Once patients have decided to move forward with placing porcelain veneers, the dentist will then prepare the teeth that will be covered. This requires removal of a thin portion of the natural tooth enamel from the front of the smile. Once done, the dentist creates impressions. These are sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers are fabricated to the dentist’s specifications. Temporary veneers may be bonded in place until the new restorations come in. Within a few weeks, patients return to the dental office to have the temporaries removed and the permanent veneers bonded in place.
Porcelain veneers have many benefits, including their natural appearance and stain resistance. However, it is essential that patients take good care of their smile, to maintain their restorations. With porcelain veneers in place, patients can brush and floss their teeth as they usually do. It is essential that patients also understand that the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay can still occur on the tooth underneath the veneer. Therefore, patients are urged to visit their dentist every six months for an evaluation. Signs of these problems will exist and can be diagnosed early enough for successful intervention.
With proper care, patients can expect their porcelain veneers to last ten years or longer. Patients need to work with their dentist to actively care for their veneers and the rest of their smiles. Patients who care for their teeth and gums will also reduce their risk of developing periodontal disease and tooth decay. These are the two conditions that can impact the smile’s health and the restorations.
Patients who have good oral health and are committed to caring for their porcelain veneers may be considered appropriate candidates for treatment. A full examination will also allow the dentist to make alternative recommendations, so patients have several treatment options to choose from.
At the practice of Dr. Clint Bruyere, patients can speak to a professional about how they can achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. If you are curious about how porcelain veneers can be used to enhance your smile, we welcome you to contact us by calling (903) 708-6116. Visit our practice at 444 Forest Square, Suite G in Longview, TX.