Porcelain Veneers in Carrollton
When you look in the mirror, is your smile marred by teeth that are discolored, chipped, or have excessive gaps between them? Many new patients come into Carrollton Smiles with those same issues and relate to us that those smile imperfections lower their self-confidence and oftentimes cause eating discomfort.
To correct those tooth abnormalities, one of the cosmetic dental procedures that Dr. Bhandaru uses is bonding what’s called a veneer to the patient’s natural tooth surface. A porcelain veneer, or laminate, is a wafer-thin customized shell of tooth-matching material that covers the front surface and restores the look of your tooth naturally and permanently. Your existing tooth’s color, shape, size or length can all be improved using a porcelain veneer. Dr. Bhandaru has also found that applying a veneer works well for some patients as an alternative to a tooth crown.
When Can a Veneer be Used?
Patients are good candidates for having a veneer applied to one or more of their teeth by Dr. Bhandaru when their smiles are altered by:
Discolored and yellowed teeth
Cracked or chipped teeth
Teeth that are excessively worn down
Teeth with large gaps between them
What are the Benefits of a Dental Veneer?
Patients we see at Carrollton Smiles who have had dental veneers applied tell us that they enjoy these benefits:
Natural-looking smile afterwards
Veneers are stain-resistant
Doesn’t cause gum discomfort
Procedure didn’t dramatically change their natural tooth’s shape and color
How is a Dental Veneer Applied?
Over the years, Dr. Bhandaru has applied just one veneer at a time for a patient, or others have decided to have several put on during the same procedure. Either way, and based upon your individual smile-enhancing objectives, the veneer application process involves these steps:
1. Initial consultation and examination. You’ll meet with Dr. Bhandaru to discuss your goals, and then he will examine your teeth and gum tissue to decide if veneers are a viable option. If everything looks okay, we’ll take X-rays and impressions of your teeth and mouth.
2. Preparing your teeth. During a follow-up visit, Dr. Bhandaru will carefully remove a slight enamel layer from each targeted tooth’s surface under a local anesthetic. We then take a model or impression of the tooth and send those results to our dental laboratory, where they will create your veneer(s). If your natural teeth are in very poor condition, temporary veneers can be placed on their surfaces.
3. Bonding and follow-up care. Once your new veneer(s) come in, we’ll schedule an appointment. During that visit, Dr. Bhandaru will trim-to-fit each veneer, do some color-adjusting with cement shading, and then prep each tooth’s surface for bonding. Using a special cement, each veneer will then be attached, and the cement activated using a special light. When that’s done, you will probably be asked to make a follow-up appointment within one month to determine how well your gums are tolerating the new veneer(s). New porcelain veneers are designed to last up to 15 years with the proper oral care. One of our staff members will instruct you on how to care for your veneer(s).
To find out if you are a candidate for the comfortable smile-improving benefits that only a porcelain veneer can deliver, schedule an initial evaluation with Dr. Bhandaru today by calling Carrollton Smiles in Carrollton, TX at (972) 245-3455!