A Quick Solution for a Radiant Smile
If you find yourself hiding your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic dentistry may be just what you need to help revitalize your oral health. With dental veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott recommends them because they are a perfect option for patients who need minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Porcelain veneers might be the ideal choice for anyone thinking about improving their smile. At Derek Scotts DDS & Associates, our team is eager to work and give you a smile that exceeds your expectations. We help patients from Humble, Atascocita, Porter, and nearby Texas communities get the healthy, complete smile they deserve out of our convenient Kingwood, TX location.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surfaces of your teeth to hide dental imperfections. Porcelain veneers are one of the most remarkable advancements in cosmetic dentistry because they are natural-looking, minimally invasive, and can even cover up deep tooth stains. It can be incredibly helpful for patients who find that their teeth are resistant to teeth whitening treatments.
With dental veneers, you can have the pearly smile of your dreams in as little as three appointments. These shells are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth using an incredibly strong, dental-grade cement so they stay in place. Because they’re also stain-resistant, you’ll never have to worry about them losing their shine.
In many situations, porcelain veneers can also help your smile look more uniform, enabling you to attain a picture-perfect smile without having to undergo orthodontic treatment.
Dental Veneer Process
During your initial consultation, your Kingwood dentist will carefully evaluate your smile and oral health. This will allow us to ensure that porcelain veneers are the best option for helping you reach your smile goals. A beautiful smile is built on a strong foundation and in the event that your oral health could use a boost, Dr. Scott has a variety of general services to better prepare your smile. Your consultation is also the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your treatment plan.
If you are also interested in a whiter smile, it’s important to communicate this before your treatment. Dental veneers are not only color-matched to your smile but also stain-resistant which means they can’t be whitened after the fact. We can recommend a teeth whitening treatment prior to placing your dental veneer if it’s needed.
Preparing Your Teeth
Once you’ve decided to move forward with your treatment and we’ve determined your candidacy, Dr. Scott will create a unique mold of your teeth that’ll be sent to a dental technician to ensure your restoration is custom-built for your smile.
From there, Dr. Scott will prepare your tooth and provide you with a temporary veneer while we complete your permanent shell. Before placing a temporary veneer, we’ll slightly roughen the surface of your tooth so that the veneer will adhere properly.
There should be little to no pain associated with porcelain veneers because they are a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. Dr. Scott will provide a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel anything during the procedure in order to assure your comfort.
Completing Your Smile
When your permanent veneers are complete, you’ll return to our Kingwood office to complete your treatment. We’ll clean your teeth before using dental-grade cement to bond your permanent veneer to your tooth’s surface.
After we’re done, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how naturally your new veneer blends with your smile. When you’re certain your veneer feels comfortable and no adjustments are needed, you can leave our office with a renewed smile and sense of confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I take care of my veneer?
We may recommend you come in for a follow-up appointment a few weeks after your veneer treatment. Your cosmetic dentist will check to make sure your porcelain veneers are still securely in place, are in good condition, and aren’t harming your gums.
With good dental hygiene practices and bi-annual visits to our Kingwood clinic, your porcelain veneer can last upwards of 20 years before needing to be replaced. You can also care for them just like natural teeth by brushing twice a day, rinsing after meals, and flossing at least once per day (preferably before bed).
We recommend avoiding toothpastes that have abrasive ingredients so as to avoid scratching your veneer. As well, although they are stain-resistant, we may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last for upwards of 15 years or longer with the proper maintenance which includes daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals. Combined with making at least one trip to our Kingwood office every six months, we can help ensure the longevity of your veneers.
Will dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are not typically covered by insurance because they are regarded as an elective cosmetic procedure. In some circumstances, a portion of the treatment may be covered, depending on your particular plan. To find out exactly what is covered by your insurance, we advise patients to contact their provider. If you need help, our committed staff will be happy to assist.
Dr. Scott offers affordable payment plans and a range of payment alternatives because we think everyone should be able to achieve their ideal smile.
What if my porcelain veneer falls off or gets damaged?
If your veneer falls off or is damaged, it’s crucial that you don’t attempt to fix it on your own. By doing this, you run the risk of jeopardizing your treatment or making the situation worse. We recommend keeping your veneer clean until you are able to make an appointment with Dr. Scott so that he can repair or replace your veneer.
Beautify Your Smile Today
The dazzling smile you deserve is closer than you’d imagine thanks to natural-looking, porcelain veneers. At Derek Scotts DDS & Associates, we take great pride in providing patients in Humble, Atascocita, Porter, and the surrounding Texas regions with comprehensive cosmetic treatments. If you’d like to learn more about how we can bring your dream smile to life with porcelain veneers, or you’re ready to schedule an appointment at our Kingwood, TX office, give us a call at (281) 358-3125. If you prefer, fill out our online contact form and one of our dedicated dental staff will be happy to reach out to you.