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Porcelain Veneers in Arlington, TX

Dental veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the overall look and shape of teeth. Porcelain veneers are a popular choice, and these veneers are wafer thin and made of porcelain. These veneers are tooth-colored and are applied to the surface of teeth to provide you with a more beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers are used as a cosmetic procedure, since they provide patients with white, shapely, aligned smiles. However, they may also be used to help protect the surface of severely damaged teeth, eliminating the need for more expensive, extensive treatments.

Usage for Porcelain Veneers

Your cosmetic dentist may use porcelain veneers to:

  • Change the width or length of teeth
  • Fill in gaps of close spaces between teeth
  • Change the brightness of the teeth
  • Cover discolorations, blemishes, and stains
  • Improve the orientation of symmetry of teeth
  • Repair chips and fractures
  • Create a uniform smile
  • Replace enamel that has been worn away
  • Improve the look of crooked teeth
  • Fix teeth that have been worn down over time

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Some of the benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • Porcelain is well tolerated by gum tissue
  • Porcelain veneers offer a natural tooth appearance
  • Porcelain is naturally stain resistant
  • It’s possible to choose porcelain veneers in a color that makes teeth appear whiter
  • Porcelain veneers offer the ability to change the shape and color of teeth without the extensive shaping that is often used for crowns
  • Generally last for 10-15 years and are very durable
  • The porcelain veneers will not decay
  • The natural structure of the tooth is preserved
  • Lasts longer than bonding or bleaching

The Process

During the first appointment for porcelain veneers, the natural teeth will be contoured, and then a precise impression of the teeth is taken. That impression will be used to help create veneers that will fit your teeth. Usually, it will take 1-2 weeks for the veneers to be sent back from a laboratory. Before placing the veneer permanently on your tooth, the veneer is placed on the tooth to examine the color and fit of the veneer. The veneer may need to be trimmed to ensure the proper fit. When the veneer is ready, the tooth is cleaned, polished, and etched, roughing up the tooth to ensure a strong bonding process. A bonding agent is applied to the porcelain veneer, which is then applied to the tooth. After the veneer is positioned properly, a light beam is used to activate the bonding agent, making it harden quickly. Any excess cement is removed and final adjustments are made to ensure your porcelain veneers look beautiful.