Porcelain Veneers – Lancaster, TX
Making Multiple Improvements to Your Smile at Once
A smile speaks volumes—but only when people can see your pearly whites. If you’re embarrassed by the condition of your teeth, then your smile may often remain hidden behind a closed-mouth grin or even your hand. Fortunately, there is a dental solution that usually only requires three appointments with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gupta . Porcelain veneers in Lancaster are coverings that can hide many smile imperfections and give you a smile that you’ll be proud to show off. Read on or give our team a call today if you’d like to learn more!
Why Choose Lancaster Family Smiles for Porcelain Veneers?
- Minimal-Prep Options For More Conservative Treatment
- Dentist That Works Closely With Lab Experts
- Open Seven Days A Week
What Are Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are often called instant orthodontics because they make quick work of altering a smile as significantly as braces—but much faster. Veneers can be used to make slightly crooked teeth look straight; teeth that have chips, fractures, or noticeable cracks disappear; and they can even be used to close wide spaces between two teeth. These porcelain shells are also non-porous, meaning they’re highly resistant to staining and provide a virtually permanent whitening solution for your smile.
The Process of Getting Veneers
The process of receiving your veneers usually means scheduling three appointments with Dr. Gupta. On the first visit, the two of you meet to discuss the changes you’d like to see happen to your smile. She’ll examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they’re healthy enough for a cosmetic procedure. Then, if you agree that porcelain veneers are right for you, we’ll take an impression of your teeth that our dental lab will use to create temporary veneers. Many dentists make the temporaries in their own dental offices, but Dr. Gupta prefers they be done in the lab for the best esthetic result, even for the temporary phase.
At your second appointment, Dr. Gupta administers a local anesthetic and then carefully reshapes the teeth that will have veneers. No more than a thin layer of your enamel needs to be removed to accommodate the veneers. When this step is completed, another impression is taken and sent to our dental lab for fabrication of the final veneers that are manufactured according to the details you and Dr. Gupta select. She works closely with the lab to ensure that your new smile is completely custom looking and natural. We consider factors such as your skin color and even your personality when specifying the size, shape, and color of your veneers.
At the third and final visit, we replace the temporary veneers with the permanent set. Now, the smile you and others around you see will be perfect!
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are one the most popular and effective cosmetic dental methods because they offer numerous benefits, including:
- Minimally invasive treatment
- Improves the size, shape, color, and proportions of your teeth
- Durable and natural-looking solution
- Can last 20 years or more with proper care
Are you looking to enhance your pearly whites by masking minor dental flaws? If so, then veneers may be the ideal solution for you. While you can expect to enjoy multiple benefits from these porcelain shells, it’s natural to want to know more about the treatment before starting any procedures. That’s why our team at Lancaster Family Smiles has collected and answered several of the most commonly asked questions we get about this cosmetic dental option. Read on to learn more about veneers in Lancaster or give us a call if you don’t see the information you’re looking for!
Are Veneers Permanent?
Although veneers are made out of porcelain and are durable enough to withstand excessive pressure from chewing, you’ll eventually have to replace them. The only permanent aspect of this treatment is the preparation of your tooth. We will need to remove a tiny portion of your enamel to make room for your veneers, which will not grow back on its own. This means you’ll always need either veneers or crowns to cover the exposed teeth.
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
The number of veneers you’ll need will depend on both your smile goals and your specific dental situation. Our main priority is for all of your visible teeth to appear uniform, so we’ll likely provide an appropriate amount that will help achieve this objective. If you only have one pesky tooth that’s stained or chipped, then you may only require a single veneer. Some patients may opt for 6 to 8 porcelain shells for a more complete smile makeover.
Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are non-porous and highly resistant to stains and discoloration. This means particles from dark-colored meals and beverages will have a more difficult time penetrating the surface of your layers. You’ll be able to freely enjoy all of your favorite foods and drinks, such as a morning cup of joe, without having to worry much about staining your veneers. That said, you should know that your porcelain shells aren’t stain-proof, as they can still become discolored from overindulging in coffee over time. The key is in moderation, and rinsing your mouth out as often as possible!
Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?
Some patients find it difficult to pronounce certain sounds or words when first receiving their veneers, which can result in a temporary lisp. This is somewhat due to muscle memory, as your tongue will need to grow accustomed to the presence of your porcelain shells when you talk. A lisp can typically occur when trying to pronounce the “S” and “V” sounds. While this condition might only be temporary, it’s best to practice saying difficult words or phrases to help speed up the process.