Do you have single, stained teeth? Are your dental injuries impacting the look of your smile? Receive porcelain veneers in Dr. Michael Courter‘s Midland, TX dental office. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can cover chips, cracks, stains, and other signs of age, wear, and damage. They are made of ultra-thin porcelain ceramic shells that reflect light and blend in with the shade of your natural teeth. Veneers conform to the smile and create a brighter and more uniform smile.
What Porcelain Veneers Fix
Porcelain veneers are ideal because they can fix a variety of cosmetic problems. If your teeth are discolored due to deep staining or trauma, traditional whitening techniques may not be able to take care of it. Porcelain veneers are an alternative option. Veneers can be any shade of white that you desire to blend in with the rest of your smile. They cover the front and sides of your tooth, so any discoloration is covered.
Veneers also treat teeth that are broken or cracked. The missing portion appears filled back out with the veneer. Because they’re custom-made for every patient, they’re ideal to fix gaps between teeth. They’re shaped so that they fill that gap and still look natural in your smile. Veneers are stain-resistant so they’re also a fix that you don’t have to worry about discoloring for a long time.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers
Dr. Courter begins treatment with porcelain veneers by cleaning and preparing the teeth. He prepares the teeth by etching the enamel’s surface. This creates the proper foundation for the veneers and bonding material. Then, he takes digital impressions of the teeth, which are sent to a dental lab. These impressions are used to create customized dental veneers, which are fabricated for your smile in a dental lab.
Once the lab has completed the veneers, patients return to our office for a fitting. Dr. Courter ensures that the veneers are the desired shade, shape, and size. Then, he uses a bonding material to adhere the veneers to the tooth’s surface. Finally, the dental veneers are cured with heat and light for a long-lasting cosmetic restoration.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Learn the answers to common questions many patients have about dental veneers below:
Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?
Most patients are good candidates for treatment with veneers. We will ensure that patients are in good oral health and do not have any underlying signs of tooth or gum infections. Patients with dental injuries or discoloration but in otherwise good health are the best candidates for dental veneers.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental veneers are longer-lasting. Dental veneers also blend in with the color of natural teeth since they are crafted from porcelain ceramic. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, low-maintenance, and comfortable. They require little enamel removal and can benefit patients who have deep stains on teeth that do not react to whitening treatments.
Do porcelain veneers damage the tooth enamel?
No, porcelain veneers do not damage the teeth beneath them. Some patients may think that the teeth are damaged when we prepare them for the veneers. However, we only etch a small portion of the enamel. Preparing teeth for treatment does not hurt the enamel or change the tooth structure.
Can porcelain veneers be whitened?
No, dental veneers are customized and match the desired shade that each patient requires. Eventually, after many years, veneers can lose their vibrancy. If you have old or dull veneers, contact our office and we can arrange replacement veneers.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Create a brighter and more uniform smile with porcelain veneers. Request an appointment with Dr. Courter and his dental team on our website. You can also call our Midland dental office at 432-287-9531. Please let us know if you have any current questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental appointment.