Cosmetic Veneers in Katy

veneersFor a Complete Smile Makeover

If you’ve spent any time researching cosmetic approaches to improving the overall look of your smile, you’ve probably heard of porcelain veneers. During this procedure, thin shells of hand-crafted porcelain are bonded permanently to the surface of your teeth to mask a number of smile flaws, such as:

  • Stained or discolored teeth that cannot be treated using tradition teeth whitening methods.
  • Gapped teeth.
  • Crowded or uneven teeth.
  • Chipped teeth or teeth with small breaks (breaks that involve less than 25% of the total tooth).
  • Oddly shaped teeth or teeth with pits or texture issues.
  • Teeth with worn enamel.

Dr. Colin Lathrop has extensive hands-on experience placing both traditional and minimal-prep veneers. Blending an artistic eye, cutting-edge materials, and complementary therapies, he will factor the dimensions of your natural teeth as well as the overall appearance of your lips, cheeks, face, and jaw, facial structure when designing your veneers. Dr. Lathrop’s talent for visualizing the complete final picture means your veneers will look natural and beautiful.

Veneers for Every Smile

Traditional porcelain veneers can address a wide range of issues and help you achieve a vibrant, healthy looking smile that suits your features beautifully. While they’re certainly more invasive and cost-intensive than dental bonding, porcelain veneers offer unparalleled durability, resistance to stains, and highly realistic light reflectivity.

Placing veneers requires the removal of a small amount of natural enamel from the front surface of the tooth. While this step is absolutely necessary to achieve a natural-looking veneer, some patients either do not have strong enamel or would prefer not to permanently alter their tooth structure. To help these patients enjoy the cosmetic and restorative benefits of veneers, Dr. Lathrop also offers minimal-preparation veneers. This ultra-thin type of veneer is fabricated from the same dental porcelain as regular veneers. The thinness of this veneer type allows Dr. Lathrop to minimize or completely avoid the need to remove any enamel. Minimal-prep veneers are approximately as thin as a contact lens, meaning that they may not fully mask conditions like very dark discoloration.

Caring for Veneers

Dental porcelain is an ideal material for dental restorations because it offers exceptional strength, durability, stain resistance, and true-to-life light reflectivity. With proper care, porcelain veneers can 10 years or more. That said, the level of care you provide for your veneers is directly related to how long they last and how beautiful they remain. Caring for veneers includes:

  • Maintaining consistent at-home oral care habits. Floss daily and brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste after meals or at least twice a day.
  • Continue to attend regular checkups and cleanings. Our hygiene staff has experience performing gentle cleanings on veneered teeth.
  • As time passes, microscopic scratches can accumulate on your veneers. These tiny scratches tend to attract stains. While completely avoiding foods and beverages that can stain veneers might not be realistic, minimizing these foods or making sure to clean your teeth after consuming them can help keep your smile shining bright for years.

    A proactive approach to dentistry meets a compassionate approach to patient care.

    Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!