Veneers in Little Elm
Veneers may be created from resin or porcelain material. While each offers attractive results, porcelain is an outstanding option due to the similarities this material shares with enamel. A porcelain veneer will look no different than a natural tooth and will reflect light beautifully. Porcelain is translucent, so it looks beautifully natural when it is placed into the smile. Resin veneers, on the other hand, may be more opaque. This choice is more conservative. In consultation with Dr. Suri, you can quickly obtain the information to decide which type of veneer is right for you.
If you have a smile problem, veneers may be your ideal solution
Dental veneers are a great solution for issues such as:
- Discoloration caused by an internal factor such as abnormal fluoride levels
- Chips or fractures
- Gaps in between teeth
- Worn down teeth
- A tooth that appears much longer than others
- A tooth or teeth that are slightly turned
Your smile transformation is just a few steps away
The dental veneer process is completed over just a few visits.
Planning the procedureIn your initial consultation with Dr. Suri, you are able to discuss the cosmetic issues that concern you. Dr. Suri will listen carefully to your expectations for results and will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth. She will explain the details of treatment and the advantages and disadvantages of the two potential materials. In some cases, x-rays and impressions will also be taken.
PreparationBefore veneers can be placed onto the front surface of teeth, it is necessary to make room for them. This is accomplished through the removal of a very small amount of enamel. Veneers are only about 1/2 millimeter in thickness. In order to make the preparation of teeth comfortable, local anesthetic may be used. Once teeth have been prepared for veneers, impressions will be taken. The impressions serve as models in the dental lab where veneers are made. Within about two weeks, final veneers will be sent to our office and ready for placement. In the interim, patients may choose to have temporary veneers placed to protect prepared teeth and minimize sensitivity.
BondingFinal veneers are placed onto teeth using temporary adhesive so that dentist and patient can assess fit, size, color, and other characteristics. If needed, alterations will be made to shape, size, and position until the appearance of the smile has been perfected. It is also possible to modify the shade of the veneer at this time. The tooth or teeth to receive veneers are then prepared via cleaning, polishing, and slight etching, which achieves a slightly rough surface ideal for bonding. At the end of this appointment, you will have the smile you and your dentist designed! A follow up visit will be scheduled to assess the gum's response to new veneers.
Why patients choose veneersA number of benefits come from this cosmetic dental treatment, including:
- Veneer treatment is convenient, straightforward, and effective at achieving beautiful results
- The color of veneers can be tailored to your desired appearance
- Porcelain is resistant to stains and is also gentle to gum tissue, which adapts easily to this material
- Well-planned veneers replicate the smile's natural characteristics such as translucency and sheen
How long do veneers last?Dental veneers typically last between 5 and 10 years. As needed, new veneers will be made to replace old ones.
Do veneers require special care?Veneers can be maintained with normal oral hygiene practice that includes daily brushing and flossing. Teeth should not be used to open packages and biting on hard objects should be avoided.
Are there alternative treatments to veneers?Patients may also consider smile enhancement with bonding or dental crowns.
What do veneers cost?Because veneer treatment is cosmetic, insurance typically does not cover this service. The total cost of care is based on the needs of each patient. The standard cost of veneers ranges from $500 to $1300 per tooth and depends on the size and other factors involved in the smile enhancement process.
Are you a good candidate for veneers?We live in an era in which appearance is an incredible asset. Every day, we are faced with images of beauty and we have thus formed high expectations for ourselves. We all deserve to feel good about our smile and veneers may provide the perfect path to get there.
What are the disadvantages of veneers?Although very popular, veneers may not be the ideal treatment for every person. Because veneers cover only the front surface of a tooth, decay could stand in the way of successful treatment. Before recommending any type of cosmetic treatment, Dr. Suri performs a thorough examination of teeth and gums.
What are dental veneers?A veneer is a facing that enhances the appearance of a tooth's surface. Made in a dental lab, porcelain veneers achieve a natural looking cover that beautifully masks flaws such as chips and cracks. Veneers are bonded to the front surface of teeth. Treatment is completed over just a few visits, with one reserved for tooth preparation and impressions and the other reserved for the assessment and placement of final veneers. In between the two visits, patients may protect prepared teeth with temporary veneers.
In some cases, no-prep veneers may be selected.
Patients of Frisco Elm Dental can learn about the veneer process and determine if this treatment is right for them in a consultation visit with Dr. Suri.
Frisco Elm Dental
Dr. Vidya Suri
A graduate from University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, Dr. Vidya Suri is an established dentist who prioritizes her patients and strives to provide them with the best possible dental care. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and skills including her ability to pay close attention to the details to provide her patients with the most optimal outcomes that exceed their expectations.
Dr. Suri treats patients of all ages. In order to ensure that she is doing her best, she regularly participates in continuing education courses to stay abreast of new practices, technology, and advancements in the industry. Dr. Suri is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.