If your smile isn’t symmetrical or your teeth don’t respond to traditional whitening treatments, you might benefit from veneers. Expert dentist, Minh D. Nguyen, DDS, at Portrait Dental in Katy, Texas, regularly uses veneers to transform his patients’ smiles. If you’re interested in learning more about this cutting-edge cosmetic treatment, request an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.
Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that Dr. Nguyen affixes to the front of your natural, permanent teeth in order to improve their appearance. If you chip a tooth, you might only need one veneer. However, most people get six or eight to create an even, symmetrical smile.
Dental veneers are incredibly versatile. At Portrait Dental, Dr. Nguyen uses them to address a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if you have gaps or spaces between your teeth.
To determine if you’re a candidate for veneers, make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen at Portrait Dental.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Nguyen asks you questions about your goals for treatment and performs an oral exam. If you have crooked teeth or cavities, you might need to undergo a root canal or orthodontic treatment prior to getting veneers.
Dr. Nguyen also takes a series of X-rays, which he reads to determine the health of your teeth and jawbones.
Getting veneers usually takes a series of appointments. If Dr. Nguyen determines your teeth are healthy and you’re a good candidate for veneers, he begins treatment by administering a local anesthetic and carefully shaving a thin layer of enamel off each tooth, about one millimeter thick.
Next, he takes impressions of your teeth using dental putty. Dr. Nguyen sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your veneers.
A week or two later, you return to Portrait Dental for your second appointment. Dr. Nguyen lines up your veneers and permanently bonds them to your natural teeth.
If you want your veneers to last for 10-15 years, it’s important you take good care of them. Dr. Nguyen recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once each day, and visiting Portrait Dental for a professional exam and dental cleaning every six months.
You should also try and avoid bad habits like nail biting and chewing on hard candies or ice. All of these activities increase your risk of cracking or chipping a veneer.
Don’t wait to see if you’re a candidate for veneers. Make an appointment at Portrait Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.