Perfecting Smiles with Porcelain Veneers in Carrollton, TX

woman smiling There seem to be two kinds of people—those that happily share their beautiful smiles and those who don’t. If you prefer not to show your smile because of damaged teeth, then maybe it’s time for a transformation with porcelain veneers in Carrollton.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Young Smiling WomanPorcelain veneers are made of ultra-thin layers of exquisite dental porcelain. They are designed individually so you can be sure each one is the correct shape and size for the corresponding tooth. After being custom crafted in the dental lab, your cosmetic dentist in Carrollton carefully bonds your porcelain veneers to the facial side of your teeth. The finished result is a smile that looks naturally beautiful.

Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Smiling young coupleChances are the answer to that question is yes. However, there are a few things that you and your dentist in Carrollton must talk over before you can get veneers. Most importantly, you need to have good overall oral health before veneers can be placed. The dentist will check for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, either of which will need to be taken care of before beginning any type of cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Veneers are usually recommended for more moderate cosmetic concerns, including chipped, slightly cracked or broken teeth. If your teeth are severely damaged or decayed, you may need to explore other cosmetic dentistry options. In this case, a dental crown that encapsulates and protects remaining tooth structure may be more appropriate.

What is the Process for Receiving Dental Veneers?

Older Man smilingTo begin the process of giving you a new smile, you’ll consult with Dr. Dandois first. This is when you’re able to point out the flaws you want to hide and the smile you hope to achieve. If you’d like, bring photos of friends, family members or celebrities who have smiles you think are attractive. Ultimately, the dentist will need to design the smile that is right for you, but these pictures can help him understand the characteristics you admire.

Two or three appointments must be scheduled for veneers. At the first, a thin layer of enamel is removed from your teeth. This step helps to ensure that your veneers lay evenly with your other teeth and bond securely. After this, an impression is taken of your teeth so we can make temporary acrylic veneers for you to wear while the lab handcrafts your permanent veneers.

In a few weeks, the veneers arrive in our office. Dr. Dandois examines each one to make sure his design specifications are met. Then, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are permanently bonded to your prepared teeth. Cared for properly, porcelain veneers can last for up to 10 years.

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