Have the Smile You Want, Fast

Today, there are many cosmetic dental services available. but if you are the least bit unhappy with your smile, you should consider porcelain veneers.

Why choose veneers? Veneers are thin, custom “shields” for your teeth. Dr. Harrison chooses porcelain veneers to resolve several cosmetic issues to give patients the smile they desire in almost no time at all.

So how do veneers work?  We’ve got all the facts for you about porcelain veneers and how they may help improve your smile in your own situation.

1. Porcelain Veneers Can Solve Multiple Cosmetic Problems.

Unlike some cosmetic dental treatments, veneers can address several dental issues at once. A skilled dentist such as Dr. Harrison can utilize veneers to correct:

  • Some cases of crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are mildly crowded
  • Badly stained or discolored teeth
  • Unsightly gaps between teeth
  • Teeth with chips or cracks
  • A smile showing too much gum
  • Teeth that appear shortened

All of the above issues can be fixed with just a single set of veneers. Furthermore, veneers brighten dull teeth, making your smile shimmer.

Of course, all of these benefits in a single cosmetic offering make porcelain veneers a cost-effective solution if you suffer from multiple cosmetic issues. Correcting each issue separately, tooth-by-tooth, could be quite expensive. But veneers cover many problems in a single treatment.

2. Porcelain Veneers are Custom-Made Just for You and Convenient.

Whether created in a laboratory or in-office, porcelain veneers are specially fabricated for your unique teeth and mouth. How do we create custom veneers?

It starts with Dr. Harrison who will take measurements of your mouth. Those measurements will be used to produce veneers that are completely custom-made for your teeth. This process ensures an accurate and comfortable fit. Veneers may take a few days for you to get used to, but you will soon forget they are even there because they’ll fit so well.

In contrast to dental appliances like removable dentures, your veneers will require no special care on your part. Twice daily brushing and flossing are sufficient, just as you did before receiving your veneers. Of course, you will still need to visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

3. Porcelain Veneers are Permanent and Long-Lasting.

Porcelain veneers are intended to be permanent. You do not need to remove your veneers for sports, sleeping, or eating. Instead, they are permanently bonded to your teeth so that you can benefit from the cosmetic enhancement around the clock.

Some people think of porcelain as an easily breakable material, and this concept is certainly true in certain situations. A porcelain vase, for example, will easily break if you drop it. But porcelain veneers are tough and incredibly thin—sometimes just a fraction of a millimeter. When placed on your teeth, the hard enamel surface of your teeth reinforces the porcelain. Think of a thin sheet of plywood—not very strong, is it? But attach that same sheet of plywood to a concrete wall and you will find it much more difficult to break.

Porcelain veneers last 10 to 20 years on average. In fact, one study published in 1998 found that 93 percent of porcelain veneers were still intact 15 years after placement. You can extend the life of your veneers with good oral care and by following the advice of your dentist.

4. Porcelain Veneers Can Help with Severe, Deep Discoloration.

Many dentists offer powerful, professional whitening treatments to remove food, drink, and tobacco stains from teeth. While these treatments can be incredibly effective, they typically only address surface stains. If you have deep stains standard whitening treatments may not help. In these cases, veneers can cover the deep stains and provide you with a bright, white smile you will be proud to show to the world.

5. Porcelain Veneers do not Require Oral Surgery

Typically, your dentist will need to modify your teeth slightly before placing your porcelain veneers. You will receive adequate anesthetic before the procedure to ensure your comfort. However, unlike dental implants, there is no oral surgery involved in the placement of veneers.

This fact means that your dentist will not be “opening” your teeth as in a root canal, nor will he be manipulating the inner nerves or pulp of your teeth. Most patients have a very brief and mild recovery period from veneer placement—maybe a few days of tooth sensitivity. Let your dentist know right away if you encounter any problems.

The majority of patients are excellent candidates for porcelain veneers, and millions of people in the United States have enhanced their smiles with this cosmetic procedure. You can too. Contact Millennium Dental in Plano, Texas today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jana Harrison.  


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