Have you been considering a smile makeover but you’re not quite sure of the expense, the procedure, what treatment modalities to choose? There is a lot to think about when improving your smile. A smile is a very important thing. Smile improvements will last for years bringing you joy and self-confidence, and according to research, reaping you many other benefits as well. At Lathrop Dental Center, Dr. Lathrop and his staff can help guide you in the right direction. One modality they might recommend is dental veneers. Questions about veneers? We’ll answer them here.
Q’s and A’s
Q: What are dental veneers?
A: A dental veneer is a super thin shell fabricated from porcelain and bonded to the front surface of your teeth.
Q: What are veneers used for?
A: Veneers are used to mask a variety of minor flaws in dentition.
Q: What sort of flaws can veneers correct?
A: Veneers can be used to close gaps between teeth, give the patient whiter teeth, correct crowded or uneven teeth, lengthen worn teeth, cover pits, craze lines or other texture issues, and cover chips or small breaks.
Q: Does it hurt to get veneers?
A: No. Veneers are a minimally invasive procedure that involves the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel from the front surface of the tooth. This is required to accommodate the thickness of the veneer so it sits flush with the other teeth. However, minimal-preparation veneers are an ultra-thin porcelain veneer that requires even less enamel removal or none at all.
Q: Will veneers need to be replaced eventually?
A: Porcelain veneers are strong, durable, resistant to stain, and look like natural teeth. How long they last will depend on how you care for them. If you have habits such as biting your nails or using your teeth to remove bottle tops or open packaging, your veneers can damage just like real teeth. With proper care porcelain veneers can last 10 to 20 years.
ABOUT YOUR KATY, TX DENTIST:
Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly serve patients and families from in and around Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule a dental appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling (832) 437-3849.