Porcelain Veneers in Arlington
Do your teeth have several flaws that keep you from enjoying a wonderful smile? In that case, speak to Dr. Gray about a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment called porcelain veneers. With veneers, your Arlington dentist can essentially re-design your teeth so your smile is strong and beautiful. Porcelain veneers from Dr. Gray can correct a variety of dental imperfections, including:
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Once Dr. Gray places the veneers on your teeth, you will have a smile that is durable enough to last for many years.
What Leads Up to Receiving Porcelain Veneers?
As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, the first step in receiving veneers is ensuring the health of your teeth and gums. You’ll need to schedule a dental exam so Dr. Gray can make sure your teeth are free of decay and that your gums are healthy and there are no signs of gum disease. A bite that is well aligned and teeth that do not show signs of grinding and clenching are two other important qualifications for having porcelain veneers.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
Once we know your dental and oral health are in optimal condition, we’ll take x-rays and impressions of your teeth, as well as measurements of your mouth. Dr. Gray will use these to design porcelain veneers that fit your smile perfectly. Each veneer is designed and planned for the tooth that it will be attached to.
Applying the veneers requires scheduling two appointments that are about two weeks apart. At the first, Dr. Gray administers local anesthesia and then gently removes a slim layer of enamel from the front of your smile. This step is irreversible, but necessary in order to ensure the best fit of your new veneers.
Then, we take more impressions of your prepped teeth and use these to make a set a temporary set of veneers for you in the office. This set is attached to your prepared teeth in order to protect them and give you an idea of what your new smile will look like. These same impressions are also what our cosmetic dental lab uses to handcraft your permanent veneers. When they arrive in the office, you’ll come back to have the temporary set removed and your permanent veneers bonded into place.
How Do You Care for Porcelain Veneers?
You still must brush and floss daily; although you may not be able to see your natural teeth, they are there behind the veneers and still require regular oral hygiene care. Therefore, brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss in between your teeth to remove plaque from along the gum line. To keep your veneers in good shape, try to avoid using them to bite anything hard.