In the last few decades, veneers have become one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry. By applying thin shells of porcelain to the front of your teeth, Dr. Vlachakis can correct an impressive array of cosmetic flaws, from severe stains to a slightly crooked smile. Veneers are custom-created from advanced dental material to match the shape and color of your teeth. This revolutionary treatment offers a natural appearance and truly outstanding results.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we work with a trusted dental lab, ensuring that you will receive beautiful, lifelike restorations. When applied to the front of your teeth, these porcelain shells have a wide range of cosmetic functions. Among other things, they can:
- Cover chips or cracks
- Lengthen worn teeth
- Enhance irregularly shaped teeth
- Mask severe intrinsic stains that do not respond to traditional teeth whitening
- Close gaps between teeth
- Make adjustments to slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
The Placement Process
Before you receive your veneers, you will have a complete consultation with Dr. Vlachakis. At this appointment, you will discuss your cosmetic goals, and she will determine your candidacy for treatment. The placement process typically involves two visits to our office. At your first appointment, the dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel front the front of your teeth. This step makes room for the porcelain so that your veneers lie flat and look natural. Then Dr. Vlachakis will take impressions of your teeth, which the lab technicians will use to create your completely personalized restorations. When the veneers are finished, you will return for your second visit. The dentist will gently etch the surface of your teeth to produce a strong bonding surface for the porcelain. After checking the fit of the veneers, she will attach the restorations using dental cement.
Benefits of Veneers
Few cosmetic treatments have such wide-ranging results as porcelain veneers. The treatment also boasts many other advantages that may make it the right cosmetic option for you. These benefits include:
- Veneers are very durable.
- Porcelain is highly stain resistant.
- The restorations are easy to maintain, requiring only routine brushing and flossing.
- The material is semi-translucent, meaning it reflects light much like your natural teeth.
- Veneers can vastly improve your smile and your self-confidence.
Should You Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Find out if porcelain veneers are your best option for reinventing your smile. To speak with Dr. Vlachakis, schedule an appointment by calling Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.