San Antonio Dental Veneers
Are Veneers Right for You?
Most people have heard of veneers, but are unfamiliar with what they actually are. A cosmetic dentistry procedure, veneers consist of a thin material, usually porcelain, that is placed over existing teeth to positively change their appearance. There are many different reasons to get veneers, and our San Antonio dentist will meet with you, discuss your goals, and help you decide if veneers are right for you.
Veneers offer a possible solution for the following issues:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth
- Misshapen or irregular teeth
- Misaligned teeth or teeth with gaps
- Covering existing, unsightly dental work
The Veneers Process
Our experienced, San Antonio dentist will discuss your goals and listen to your concerns, and make sure that all of your questions are answered, enabling you to make the decision with confidence. Depending on your situation, you will discuss why veneers might give you an advantage over teeth whitening for example. Once you have decided to get veneers, our team will help you plan the process, which usually consists of multiple visits, taking any necessary X-rays or impressions. To prepare your teeth, a small amount of your existing enamel will be removed, and impressions will be taken in order for your veneers to be constructed. If necessary, you will receive temporary veneers, which will be replaced when you return for your permanent set.
When you return for your final set of veneers, our San Antonio dentist will examine and fit the veneers to your mouth, ensuring that the placement, size, color, and bite are all correct. The veneers will then be permanently bonded to your existing teeth. Our dentist may then have you return in a few weeks for a follow-up appointment.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a suitable option for individuals with various dental imperfections such as discolored, chipped, or worn teeth, as well as those with irregular spacing or misalignment. Good candidates for dental veneers typically have overall good oral health, including healthy gums and sufficient enamel. They should also have realistic expectations and a commitment to maintaining proper oral hygiene practices. Consulting a dentist can help determine whether dental veneers are an appropriate solution for specific dental concerns.
Caring for Your Veneers
Veneers are meant to last for seven to fifteen years, and after you’ve had the procedure, it’s important that you care for them properly. Fortunately, caring for your veneers is the same as caring for your natural teeth! Our dentist recommends brushing and flossing twice a day, followed by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. While veneers are stain resistant, you may also wish to avoid acidic foods and beverages like coffee and wine to prevent staining. Additionally, it is important to maintain your routine dental exam schedule to help prolong the life of your veneers.