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Being self-conscious about your smile can play a major role in your day-to-day life, including your interactions with friends, family members and even strangers. Dental veneers, a staple in cosmetic dentistry, can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth, changing the color, shape, size and even length. The Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry utilizes customized porcelain or resin materials to give you the smile you've always wanted.
The primary benefit of dental veneers is improving the appearance of your teeth, but they also:
- Hide discoloration, chips, and breaks
- Make the teeth appear straight or hide any gaps
- Naturally stain resistant
- Color options allow for a normal looking smile
- Stronger than crowns
Here at The Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Austin, a cosmetic dentist will start with a consultation to discuss the results that you are looking for and whether veneers are the right choice for you.
At the preparation appointment, the dentist will remove a small layer of the enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers; this involves a local anesthetic. Then, the dentist will make a mold of your mouth and teeth so they can customize the veneers, so they fit your teeth perfectly. At the last visit, the veneers will be bonded to your natural teeth.
Candidates for Veneers
Anyone with a relatively healthy mouth is eligible for this cosmetic dentistry procedure, and most will be eligible once any dental issues are treated. If you have unhealthy teeth, little to no enamel or gum disease, you may not be a good candidate for dental veneers. Those who have the tendency to grind or clench their teeth, especially while sleeping, may be required to wear a night guard/bite splint in order to protect their veneers.
Veneers Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any disadvantages to dental veneers?
In some cases, dental veneers can increase tooth sensitivity, and they are not usually repairable in the unlikely event that they chip or break.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers can last 15 to 20 years or even longer in many cases.
What are the alternatives?
In Austin, a cosmetic dentist will likely suggest bonding or crowns in place of dental veneers depending on the specific needs of the patient.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment!