Does your smile give you confidence? Or are you more likely to hide your smile because you’re self-conscious about teeth that are less than perfect? Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Anita Naik Madhav and the team at Preston Bend Dental in Plano can permanently conceal your imperfect smile behind porcelain veneers and give you a new smile that is beautiful.
Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are ultra-thin layers of dental porcelain adhesively bonded to the facial side of teeth that show when you smile. For each tooth, our skilled cosmetic dental lab creates a veneer that is the perfect size, shape and color for your unique features. Together, these veneers create your natural smile… only better!
A number of cosmetic flaws can be corrected with porcelain veneers, including:
Normally, each of these would require a separate treatment to correct; braces for your crooked teeth, cosmetic bonding for irregular spacing and crowns for broken teeth. With porcelain veneers, however, you can skip all of the other treatments and have only one that will give you a whole and healthy smile.
The road to a more beautiful smile begins with an examination and consultation with Dr. Madhav. She will want to examine your teeth and gums to make sure there aren’t any problems, such as a cavity or gum disease, that need to be taken care of before you receive veneers. Once your optimal oral health is certain, you and Dr. Madhav will discuss your smile goals. Within the parameters of what would look best for your unique facial features, we’ll be glad to listen to what you think constitutes a beautiful smile.
To ensure a perfect fit, the process of creating porcelain veneers begins with digital x-rays, photographs and impressions of your mouth and teeth. Our dental lab will need these in order to create custom veneers that are just the right size and fit for you. Then, Dr. Madhav will gently administer a local anesthetic and remove a small amount of the enamel layer from each tooth that will receive a veneer. The amount removed is approximately equal to the thickness of the veneers. This is done to make sure your porcelain veneers lay evenly with your other teeth.
Once your teeth are prepped, another impression is taken and sent to the lab so they can create veneers that fit your altered teeth and your mouth. While the lab fabricates your custom veneers, we’ll give you temporary veneers to wear.
Your veneers usually arrive in our Plano dental office a couple of weeks after your first appointment. Dr. Madhav will double-check each one to be certain your veneers fit properly and match your natural teeth. Then, she will use dental cement to adhesively bond your veneers into place. A special curing light is directed on each veneer to quickly harden the cement. When the procedure is finished, you’ll have a brand new smile to confidently reveal!