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Porcelain Veneers — Bring New Life to Your Smile!

couple in love and laughing after getting porcelain veneersIf you are not proud of your smile, then porcelain veneers may be worth looking into. They are a good idea when you have fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and when you have a tooth that is in a compromised position and there are minor bite-related problems. It is also a good choice when one or more original teeth has developed poor color, shape, and/or contours or when whitening options fail to fix the issue. Lee Trevino Dental is ready to help!

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can be made from either porcelain or resin composite materials. However, porcelain veneers tend to resist stains better than those made of resin. They are also better at mimicking the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Additionally, the gums tolerate the material well. Veneers offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to crowns and do not usually require extensive shaping prior to application. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years. They also do not require any special care beyond brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as you normally would.

Porcelain Veneer Procedure

If you are looking into the possibility of fixing at least one tooth with a porcelain veneer, then the first step is to set up an appointment with your dentist. At that time, he or she will examine your teeth to ensure that this is the appropriate procedure for you. This usually includes x-rays and creating an impression of your mouth. Your dentist will then remove a small amount of enamel from the affected teeth. From there, the doctor will make a model or impression of those being treated. The model is then sent to a laboratory so that the veneer can be constructed.

When the dentist receives your porcelain veneer, he or she will place it in your mouth to check for proper color and fit. Trimming may be required. Your tooth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched in order to allow for the strong bonding process. At that point, a special cement is applied to the veneer and it is then placed where it belongs. Once properly positioned, the dentist will apply a special light in order to activate the chemicals in the cement. This causes it to harden quickly.

Finally, any excess cement is removed. Your dentist will evaluate your bite and make any final adjustments that are needed. A final appointment should be scheduled so that your dentist can check on how your gums are responding to the veneer and to double check its placement. If you are in the El Paso area and are considering porcelain veneers, make an appointment with Lee Trevino Dental today!

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