Veneers – Plano, TX
Transform Your Smile in Just a Few Visits
In recent years, your trusted cosmetic dentist and team at Parkway Vista Dental have seen an increasing number of patients who want to improve their smiles. While no cosmetic dentistry service is perfect for every patient, porcelain veneers in Plano, TX are a versatile restoration option that allows our team to flawlessly transform smiles with one, simple treatment. If you’re interested in correcting or concealing cosmetic flaws like stains and gaps, contact us to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today. We’ll evaluate and assess your smile, answer your questions, and walk you through all of the potential treatments that will give you the smile of your dreams.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A veneer is a thin sheath of dental grade porcelain. Crafted to fit over the front surfaces of teeth, patients can use this versatile cosmetic dentistry solution to transform a single flawed tooth or every tooth in the smile line. From chips and cracks to stains, gaps, and minimally misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers offer a noninvasive way to create a flawless smile.
How are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
In order to ensure patients are completely confident in their cosmetic results, our Plano dentist and team take the necessary time to create a personalized porcelain veneers treatment plan that meets your unique set of needs. Patients can expect to complete the following steps during the porcelain veneer process:
- Consultation - during this initial appointment, we’ll carefully examine your smile and capture diagnostic x-rays and images. Looking at your smile’s current condition, we’ll help you determine whether or not porcelain veneers are the ideal cosmetic dentistry solution for your smile.
- Design - if you decide that porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic treatment, we’ll design your veneer. You can use porcelain veneers on any number of upper or lower teeth from a single misshapen tooth to a complete upper and lower smile line with teeth that are severely stained, cracked, or decayed.
- Preparation - next, we’ll need to prepare teeth to receive the veneer. This process includes the removal of a small amount of surface tooth enamel, allowing the veneer to lay flat within the existing smile line. Once teeth are prepared, impressions are captured that will be used by a trusted dental lab to craft your porcelain veneers. Finally, we place temporaries to protect your prepared teeth and allow you to get used to the look and feel of your porcelain veneers.
- Placement - when we receive the final veneers from our lab, you return to exchange the temporary for a flawless, custom porcelain veneer. We carefully remove the temporary. Then, we cement the custom porcelain veneer into position and polish and seal your newly perfected smile.
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers offer our patients in Plano a multitude of benefits. To begin with, they are crafted from the highest quality dental-grade materials, making them both durable and long-lasting. You won’t have to worry about complicated oral hygiene regimens either; if you maintain your daily hygiene routine and come into our dental office for checkups and cleanings, your smile will be flawless for years to come! One of the biggest perks, however, is that veneers are stain resistant. As a result, your smile will be flawless even if you still drink a cup (or pot) of coffee every day.
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
It goes without saying that one of the most common questions we get about veneers is, “How much do they cost?” While there is no fixed cost of veneers in Plano, as it varies on a case-by-case basis, it’s important to mention that veneers tend to have a higher price than many other cosmetic dentistry services. However, when it comes to dental work, you get what you pay for. If you truly want a dazzling Hollywood smile, veneers are a smart investment to make!
Cost of Veneers vs. Other Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
These days, you have several cosmetic dentistry services to choose from. Each of these treatments can accomplish different things for your smile, and they also come at different price points. When deciding whether veneers are right for you (and whether they’re worth the cost), it’s important to consider all of your options, such as:
How to Make Veneers Affordable
As a cosmetic treatment, veneers almost never qualify for dental insurance coverage. Don’t worry, though – at Parkway Vista Dental, we have other ways of helping you fit the cost of veneers into your budget. These include:
If you are looking for a way to enhance your smile, veneers could be the perfect option for you. However, they are quite an investment, so it pays to be well-informed about the procedure. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about veneers in Plano. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. We’re eager to help you get the answers you’re looking for and the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Veneers are not technically permanent because they will eventually need to be replaced. However, they are considered to be irreversible. To ensure that veneers fit properly on the teeth, small amounts of enamel have to be filed away, and removed enamel does not grow back. For this reason, teeth that have been prepared in this way will always need to be covered with crowns or veneers.
Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?
Veneers that are made from porcelain are stain-resistant. Porcelain is a nonporous material, so the particles in dark-colored foods and beverages have a harder time slipping beneath the surface. Ultimately, you can drink coffee without worrying too much about staining your veneers. Just keep in mind that veneers are not stain-proof, so excessive consumption of coffee and other dark-colored beverages could still have a negative impact. Moderation is key!
Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?
Some people have trouble pronouncing certain words when they first get veneers, resulting in a temporary lisp. This is partially due to muscle memory, as the tongue is not used to accounting for the presence of veneers when you talk. The tiny difference in thickness affects the way the tongue moves. The tongue will eventually adjust on its own, but practicing the pronunciation or certain sounds can help to speed along this process.
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
The goal of veneers is for all of your visible teeth to match, so you will receive the appropriate number in order to reach that goal. Some patients opt for a single veneer to cover one pesky tooth, while others get anywhere from 6 to 12 for a more dramatic smile makeover. During your initial consultation with Dr. Kamali, you can determine what the magic number is to help you reach that goals that you have for your smile.
Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?
With temporary veneers, the answer is “yes.” Since these veneers are (you guessed it) temporary, they aren’t anywhere near as durable as your permanent set. For this reason, patients are encouraged to stick to a soft food diet consisting of yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, soup, and the like. Once your permanent veneers are securely in place, however, you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods once more! Of course, you should continue to exercise caution with extremely hard, sticky, and chewy foods since they can tug on or chip your veneers, potentially requiring a replacement.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are known for being long-lasting, but how long can you expect yours to last? According to a study conducted in 2012, 94% lasted over a decade and 83% lasted for two decades. While there is a chance yours can last even longer, the longevity will ultimately depend largely on how well you care for your smile. Patients who smoke, chew on ice, and engage in other unhealthy dental habits are likely to experience damage to their veneers much sooner. If, on the other hand, you implement a solid oral hygiene routine, visit your dentist every six months, and keep your consumption of added sugar to a minimum, you will make yours last.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
Unlike your enamel, dental materials like porcelain cannot be brightened with whitening treatments. If you want your veneers to be whiter, then talk to our cosmetic dentist about having them shaded or replaced. Of course, if you simply want to lighten the teeth surrounding your veneers so they match seamlessly, that can be done with a professional whitening treatment.