For a straight, sparkling smile, consider dental veneers. Expert dentist Dr. Paulette Arana offers these porcelain overlays as a simple solution for teeth that are discolored, misshapen, or mildly crooked. If you live in or around Upper Kirby, Houston, call her office at Paulette Arana, DDS or book an appointment online to find out more about dental veneers.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain overlays that fit right over your natural teeth. They’re tooth colored and are a long-term way to enhance the look of your smile.
Veneers close minor gaps and correct mild crookedness in your teeth. If you have teeth that are misshapen, fractured or chipped, veneers can give you an even, more uniform smile. Veneers also help if you have teeth with worn down enamel. Teeth that don’t respond to in-office whitening solutions — such as those that are discolored due to trauma or antibiotics — can be brightened with veneers, too.
To place a veneer, Dr. Arana takes a mold of your teeth and has the customized veneers fabricated at a dental laboratory. When they’re ready to be placed, she shaves down a very tiny amount of your outer enamel to make room for the overlay — usually less than 1 millimeter. The overlay is bonded into place, your bite is corrected, and your new teeth are ready to flash.
It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. The veneer preserves more of your natural tooth than crowns, too. The color is customized to match your skin tone and natural tooth color, as well.
Care for veneers just like you do for your regular teeth. Brush at least two times daily and floss once a day. Regular dental cleanings and checkups are also necessary to maintain good oral hygiene.
Just like your natural teeth, veneers can stain when continually exposed to tobacco or foods such as red wine, coffee, and tea. Veneers are a little more resilient to staining, but take precautions to protect them by drinking through a straw whenever possible or moderating how much of these beverages you drink.
Veneers aren’t indestructible, either. Avoid doing things you wouldn’t do with your natural teeth, such as opening bottles, chewing ice, or otherwise using your teeth as tools.
Even with the best care, veneers will need to be replaced at some point, Expect them to last about 10 years, at which point you consult Dr. Arana for a new set. Veneers are an irreversible procedure.
For a smile you’re proud to flash, call Dr. Paulette Arana’s practice or book a consultation online to learn about porcelain veneers.