Dental veneers can transform your smile. Even if teeth are chipped, misshapen, different sizes, or gapped, getting dental veneers can give you a smile you’ll love.
They’re just one of many options available at Lovett Dental Sugar Land’s multidisciplinary dentistry clinic to help you feel and look your best. If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist near Sugar Land, in Southwest Houston, give us a call at 832.990.8729.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells sculpted to fit your tooth perfectly. Unlike removable dentures or dental implants that are put straight into the jaw, dental veneers bind to the front of teeth with a strong, non-toxic adhesive. Dental veneers are stain-resistant. So if you properly take care of them, they’ll stay looking great for a very long time.
Types of Dental Veneers
Veneers typically come in two kinds: porcelain and composite. And there are some pros and cons for each. Both will improve your smile by creating a more uniform look. But the similarities end there:
Composite veneers may be better for those who want:
- To save money in the short-term
- A quick solution that may not last a lifetime
- Something very easy to repair, if damaged
Porcelain veneers are higher-end, lasting between 10 to 15 years. So they’re better for those who want:
- To retain the look of natural teeth
- A solution that will last a very long time and aren’t likely to need repairs
- Something that keeps its bright white look longer
- Veneers that can be whitened
How to Care for Your Dental Veneers
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last a decade or more. You care for your veneers just like you do your regular teeth, with some small exceptions.
Yes, do brush and floss regularly. This isn’t just for your teeth’s sake. Gum disease causes gums to recede. And if your gums recede, it will expose the line between the edge of your dental veneers. Without proper brushing and flossing, their line can become discolored. But the great news is that gum disease is preventable. Attend your six-month teeth cleanings and dental exams to get plaque removed so that bacteria can’t hide below the gumline.
Never use alcohol-based mouthwashes if you have dental veneers. Alcohol will soften the adhesive holding the veneer in place. It will then chip or fall off.
Mouthwash with peroxide is generally considered okay. But it would be best if you didn’t use it every day because it causes an imbalance in the healthy bacteria in your mouth. Additionally, you may need to reduce your consumption of foods that can stain. Even though they are stain-resistant, if anything staining sits on them, they may stain over time. If they do fade, you should always speak with us about professional teeth whitening to ensure you get desirable results.
Finally, it’s porcelain, so it can crack if you bite down on something hard. Never chew on hard objects like a lid, hard candy, or ice.
Learn More at Lovett Dental Sugar Land Today
At Lovett Dental Sugar Land, we recognize that everyone wants their idea of a perfect smile. With the help of dental veneers, achieving that smile is possible. However, there may be other steps you need to take to achieve the perfect smile. For instance, if you have a tooth missing, you may need dental implants to replace the missing teeth. Alternatively, if you have gum disease, you may need our dentist’s help to fix it. Fortunately, you can find any dental service you need at Lovett Dental Sugar Land. In addition to our services for veneers, we also provide treatments such as:
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental fillings and sealants
- Dental bonding
- Orthodontic treatments
- Teeth whitening services
Contact Lovett Dental Sugar Land for more information about dental veneers and any additional services you may require. Call 832.990.8729, or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our experts in Southwest Houston.