Porcelain veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry that is used to restore a bright, white smile to those with stubbornly stained or permanently discolored teeth. They consist of a thin shell which is colored and textured just like a natural tooth and is bonded to the front of the patient’s teeth. These can change the color, size, shape, length, and overall appearance of the tooth and enhance the smile.
Porcelain veneers are used for a variety of reasons. They can fix cracked or chipped teeth, or they can mask stains that cannot be removed by more traditional forms of tooth whitening. They can close unsightly gaps between teeth. They can even re-form and re-shape misshapen teeth to restore a more uniform and natural look.
Placing a porcelain veneer is a virtually painless process that can be completed in as little as two visits to the office. The first step is to remove a tiny shaving from the front of the tooth, no thicker than your fingernail, about 0.3mm. An impression of your teeth is then taken so that the lab can build veneers precisely fit into your mouth. You can then try on the veneers before they are bonded. Finally, the veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth and made to look so natural that no one will ever know they are veneers.
Placing veneers requires the skill and artistry that can be delivered by dentists such as Dr. Lowery, the only AACD accredited cosmetic dentist in the Austin area. Dr. Lowery and her expert staff offer free consultations to help you determine if this approach is right for you, using photo simulations and computer imaging to show you what the before and after teeth will look like. During and following the process, she will work tirelessly to make sure that your new veneers are perfect, and you are completely satisfied.
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