Veneers are an excellent option for patients looking to repair or improve the appearance of their smile. Lead by Davina Prida, DDS, Lake Forest Dental in McKinney, Texas, is a leading provider of high-quality dental veneers. To find out if veneers are the right choice for you, book an appointment with Dr. Prida and her team by phone or online today.
Veneers are thin covers made to look like natural teeth and adhered to the surface of a tooth. Veneers are a popular solution for correcting missing, discolored, chipped, and misshapen teeth. Veneers are also used to fix gaps and uneven spaces.
There are two options when it comes to veneers: porcelain and composite.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are a common solution to damaged, stained, and misaligned teeth. The process of receiving porcelain veneers typically requires three appointments.
During your first appointment, Dr. Prida discusses the results you want to achieve with porcelain veneers. Dr. Prida also performs an oral examination to determine if veneers are the best option for you. An X-ray and mouth impression may also be required to give Dr. Prida and her team a detailed image of your teeth and gums.
During your second appointment, Dr. Prida trims about a one-half millimeter of enamel from your teeth to prepare them for the veneer. She then makes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a lab to have your custom veneers made. This can take up to four weeks.
Once your custom veneers are made, the final step begins. Before applying the porcelain veneers, Dr. Prida temporarily places the veneers on your teeth and trims them to get the perfect shape and fit. Once the veneer adjusts, Dr. Prida cleans, polishes, and etches your teeth to better adhere to the veneer.
Lastly, the veneer is adhered to your teeth using special cement. A follow-up appointment may be required to ensure proper placement.
Composite veneers are a type of veneer that uses composite resin, the same material used in composite restorations to improve the appearance of teeth. Although composite veneers are made from impressions of your teeth in the same way as porcelain veneers, they have the added benefit of being applied directly to your teeth.
The process of receiving composite veneers is completed in one visit. After trimming your tooth enamel to make room for the veneer, Dr. Prida applies the composite resin directly to your teeth and sculpts the material to achieve the ideal shape and fit. Dr. Prida finishes the procedure by polishing and smoothing the veneer to achieve a natural appearance.
Composite veneers are favored because they require less preparation than porcelain veneers and are easy to replace and repair.
To learn more about dental veneers, book an appointment at Lake Forest Dental by phone or online today.