If you are unhappy with how discoloration, chips, or misalignment affect your smile, a set of custom dental veneers can transform your appearance. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that fit over the front of your teeth to conceal a wide range of cosmetic concerns. At Smile 360 in Austin, TX, Dr. Vincent Ip recommends veneers for patients who want to dramatically alter their smile. Often, a set of porcelain veneers offers the same results as teeth whitening, orthodontics, and dental crowns combined. We offer veneers as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a customized smile makeover plan.
Dental veneers are placed directly on the front surface of your teeth. Made with ceramic, veneers can mimic the natural translucency and shine of natural teeth and blend in with your surrounding smile. The wafer-thin shells are customized to the color, size, shape, and length of your teeth.
This cosmetic option is usually recommended to patients who hope to address multiple structural or cosmetic concerns, such as:
- Minor misalignment
- Worn teeth
To qualify for treatment with veneers, you must be in good overall oral health. If Dr. Ip notices any signs of periodontal disease, decay, or other health concerns, he will recommend that you receive treatment for these conditions first. Patients should also have a sufficient amount of healthy tooth enamel to support the veneers. During an initial consultation, you can discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Ip and he can assess your oral health to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. He may recommend an alternative treatment such as dental bonding or teeth whitening.
Planning Your Treatment
Treatment with porcelain veneers is highly personalized. As a result, the initial consultation in especially important. Besides discussing your goals and oral health, Dr. Ip will take a series of scans, x-rays, and digital impressions with our advanced CEREC® technology to begin planning your treatment. Before you decide to proceed with veneers, Dr. Ip can create a mock-up of your expected result so that you have a rough idea of what your smile may look like.
Placing Dental Veneers
When placing porcelain veneers, Dr. Ip will first prepare your teeth to help ensure a natural look and strong bond between the veneers and your teeth. This process involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the front of the teeth to make room for the veneers. The exact amount will depend on anatomy of your smile.
Depending on how much enamel is removed, we may take a second set of digital impressions before sending the information to our trusted dental laboratory for fabrication. If Dr. Ip decides it is necessary, we can also fit you for a set of temporary veneers to protect against sensitivity. Typically, it only takes a few weeks for a set of custom veneers to return from the lab.
A set of porcelain veneers from Smile 360 can provide dramatic cosmetic changes.
Once your new veneers arrive, Dr. Ip will check their fit and appearance during a second appointment. If necessary, we can make minor alterations to the color and shape of the veneers. This fine-tuning helps ensure the veneers blend seamlessly into your smile. To place the veneers, Dr. Ip will gently etch your tooth to create a solid base and then bond the porcelain using a strong dental adhesive.
Design a Brand New Smile
A set of porcelain veneers from Smile 360 can provide dramatic cosmetic changes. To learn more about the benefits of dental veneers or our other cosmetic services, contact our office online or call us at (512) 444-4746 to schedule an initial consultation today.