If you dream of having a more balanced or symmetrical smile, consider veneers. These custom prosthetics can whiten your teeth and mask minor imperfections that won’t respond to other types of treatment. At The Dental Design Studios, Ivis Hernandez, DDS, uses veneers to help you look and feel their best. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Houston, Texas, call the office or book online.
Veneers are dental restorations made of porcelain or composite resin. They’re wafer-thin and bonded to the exterior of your natural teeth. Some people only get one veneer to improve the appearance of a stained or discolored tooth. Others get a full row of veneers to transform their entire smile.
At The Dental Design Studios, Dr. Hernandez uses veneers to cover up various issues, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if you have cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth.
At The Dental Design Studios, getting veneers takes two appointments spaced about a week apart.
At your first appointment, Dr. Hernandez conducts an oral exam and asks about your goals for treatment. Afterward, she administers a local anesthetic and prepares your teeth to receive veneers. That involves removing a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, about one millimeter thick.
After preparing your teeth, Dr. Hernandez makes a series of impressions. She sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom set of veneers.
A week or two later, you return to The Dental Design Studios. Dr. Hernandez administers a local anesthetic and lines up the veneers with your permanent teeth. Afterward, she bonds them in place. Dr. Hernandez then assesses your bite, trims off any excess material, and polishes your teeth.
Veneers can last anywhere between 12-15 years, and sometimes even longer. To keep your veneers in optimal condition, Dr. Hernandez recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting The Dental Design Studios at least twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent damage to your veneers, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or opening objects with your teeth. Try to protect against trauma, too. For example, if you play contact sports like rugby or lacrosse, wear a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth or experience TMJ, you might also benefit from a nightguard.
To further explore the benefits of veneers, make an appointment at The Dental Design Studios. Call the office and speak to a member of the administrative staff or book online today.