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Porcelain Veneers as an Alternative to Braces

veneers DallasPorcelain veneers provide an excellent solution to hide one or more dental maladies that can ruin your smile. A consultation with our cosmetic dentist will demonstrate how the addition of one or several veneers can alter the appearance of misaligned teeth, close unwanted gaps between teeth, and generally provide a cosmetic enhancement that will improve your smile in weeks, not months or years, of dental treatment.

What are Veneers? 

Veneers are very thin, lightweight coverings that are made to fit on the front of teeth requiring enhancement. Their uses are plentiful from covering up deep dental stains to changing the appearance of teeth that are misaligned.

The process for porcelain veneers makes them a permanent treatment option. A thin amount of enamel is removed from the front of each tooth being treated. This is done so that when the veneer is cemented into place, all teeth will appear even and symmetrical.

An impression is taken that is sent to the dental lab that is making your veneers. Temporaries are placed as needed.

In a few short weeks, your veneers are ready to be tried in for fit and aesthetics. Minor adjustments can be made chairside, if needed.

Things to Consider Before Treatment with Veneers

Your porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but this means that they will not respond to any kind of whitening. If you plan to whiten your teeth, it is best to do so before your veneers are added so your cosmetic dentist can properly match to your newly lightened shade.

While veneers can actually strengthen teeth, the patient may be advised not to use treated teeth to bite into hard or sticky foods. A dislodged or broken veneer usually must be replaced. Patients who bite their nails or grind their teeth need to be aware that these two habits can be problematic.

Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as what you do for all your teeth … brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly.

As an alternative to braces for issues such as minor misalignments or gaps between teeth, veneers offer a viable solution that can transform your smile in a matter of weeks.

Contact the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan today to schedule a consultation.