Porcelain veneers are a popular treatment option for our patients who desire a more attractive smile. Non-surgical and minimally invasive, veneers are comprised of a thin, tooth-colored shell cemented onto the surface of the natural tooth.
Concerns that may be addressed by veneers include:
Permanent discoloration of teeth
Chipped or mildly damaged teeth
Unevenly sized teeth
Unsightly gaps between teeth
What’s a Dental Veneer Procedure Like?
The procedure will vary by individual treatment plan, but most of our patients may expect the procedure to be completed in three visits.
The first step is a complete oral examination and assessment of your individual history. Your dentist may also choose to take impressions and digital X-rays during this visit to confirm your candidacy for veneers.
Once your dentist has determined that veneers are an appropriate solution for you, the next visit involves preparation for the actual procedure. The tooth will first require a reduction of enamel to ensure correct sizing. Next, another impression will be taken of the newly reduced tooth, then sent to a dental lab to be created with a completely customized fit. Construction of the veneer normally takes 1-2 weeks.
During your final visit, the veneer will be trimmed if necessary to achieve the perfect fit next to neighboring teeth. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the shape and color of your new smile, the veneer will be permanently bonded to the surface of your tooth using a dental cement. Depending on your individual treatment plan, your dentist may request that you schedule a future followup visit to ensure correct placement and that your gums have accepted the veneer.
Generally considered a cosmetic procedure by most insurance providers, it’s possible that veneers may be excluded from coverage. We encourage you to check with your dental insurance company to see how veneers are covered by your individual policy.
“Veneers are usually regarded as a cosmetic procedure - they are minimally invasive and simply enhance the look of your natural smile.
Our patients have experienced far-reaching effects from cosmetic improvements to their smile. They report that the boost in confidence that they feel has positively impacted their self-image, their social interactions, and even their careers.
If you've ever wished that your teeth had a more uniform size and shape, call our office today to book a consultation with one of our highly experienced Houston-area dentists!”
Dr. James Pham, DDS