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Porcelain Veneers – Waco, TX

Hide Imperfections and Discover Your New Smile!

A closeup of a white smile.

Smiles can suffer from a variety of cosmetic problems. Your teeth could be worn, chipped, broken, or crooked. There could be gaps between your teeth. They could be discolored from tetracycline or root canal treatment, and what’s worse is that these types of stains won’t respond to teeth whitening. All of these problems can be addressed with porcelain veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

A dentist comparing tooth shades to a patient’s natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped pieces of dental porcelain that cover your natural teeth, providing a complete smile makeover with just one procedure. Porcelain reflects light in much the same way your natural teeth do, and they resist staining, keeping your teeth white for the life of your veneers.

Our Central Texas dental office can provide your porcelain veneers in as few as two visits. We partner with quality dental labs that use the best materials to create veneers designed to match your smile perfectly. After we’ve prepared your teeth, taken impressions, and discussed your smile preferences, these labs take a couple of weeks to make your veneers. You then come back to our office to have your new smile placed.

Different Types of Veneers

A diagram of porcelain veneers.

While all veneers are meant to accomplish the same task, some veneers are more ideal for certain patients than others. Consider their differences below before attending your cosmetic consultation.

Traditional Porcelain Veneers

The traditional porcelain veneer is made from thin dental ceramic and is the standard solution for covering permanent imperfections in teeth. However, their placement does require minimal removal of existing tooth enamel. This ensures that the veneer does not stick out or look unnatural after placement.

Minimal-Prep Veneers

In contrast, minimal-prep veneers require very little to no removal of enamel to place due to their ultra-thinness. This makes them ideal for patients who don’t want to commit to porcelain veneers just yet or for those who already have worn-down enamel. Buffing down eroded enamel could result in more instances of teeth sensitivity.

What is the Procedure Like?

A man smiling.

The procedure for porcelain veneers is relatively straightforward, regardless of the variety you choose. The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your smile for tooth decay and gum disease, as cosmetic treatments cannot be performed if these issues are present. After confirming your oral health and smile needs, we can begin the process of numbing your tooth and buffing down your enamel. If you choose minimal-prep veneers, we may be able to place them in one day. However, this is determined on a case-by-case basis.

If you chose traditional veneers, we’ll send the impression mold to a dental lab. Prior to their fabrication, we’ll confirm that they match your current smile’s color, shape and size to ensure maximum blending. Over the next couple weeks, you’ll wear temporary veneers to help you get acclimated with your new smile.

What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

One of the most notable benefits of porcelain veneers is their ability to cover several different imperfections at the same time. Not only does that mean you can get a new smile with just one procedure, but you also don’t need to think about other cosmetic treatments to do so. This saves you more money on cosmetic treatments in the long-term.

Another notable benefit of porcelain veneers is their durability. In many ways, porcelain is actually as strong if not more so than natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is not porous in nature like tooth enamel, which makes them significantly more resistant to stains. With proper care, your veneers should last between 10 and 20 years.

If you would like to begin the process of a smile makeover, contact us today to make an appointment!

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

woman in red shirt trying on veneers in dental chair

With all the benefits that porcelain veneers in Waco offer, it’s no wonder they’re one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments by far. They’re versatile enough to conceal virtually any aesthetic imperfection your front teeth might have. As they rise in popularity, though, our practice receives more questions about the treatment. To make things more convenient for you, we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions about veneers down below.

Does It Hurt to Get Veneers?

Before we buff your enamel and place your veneers, we’ll use a local anesthetic to make sure your mouth is numb. You shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure at all.

You may, however, feel a little sore for the next few days. Generally, the more veneers you received, the more discomfort you’ll feel after the procedure. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen as needed should be more than enough to alleviate this soreness.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Contrary to what you may have heard online, there is no set price of getting veneers. The cost can vary greatly from patient to patient. Some of the factors that can influence your cost are how many you’re receiving and where in your mouth they will be placed. Because the cost varies, the only surefire way to know much you’ll end up paying for your veneers is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Waco.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Have Veneers?

Not at all! Veneers are made from dental porcelain. This material was chosen for its uncanny ability to resemble tooth enamel. It even reflects light in the exact same way.

Not to mention, each veneer is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your pearly whites. Various factors such as your face shape and skin tone are also taken into account when designing your veneers. Once they’re placed, no one but our dental team should be able to tell that they’re not your “natural” teeth!

How Do I Take Care of My Veneers?

Veneers can last up to two full decades provided you properly maintain them. Fortunately, taking care of your veneers is not that different from caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss every day as you normally would. Avoid bad oral habits like tobacco use, opening packages with your teeth, and chewing on extremely hard objects like ice, pen tips, and fingernails. Lastly, be sure to visit your dentist in Waco for a checkup every six months to make sure your veneers are still in great condition.