Veneers in Fulshear

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are porcelain restorations used for cosmetic dentistry. They are thin, hollow, tooth-shaped “shells” that are intended to cover the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can correct a wide variety of cosmetic problems including stains, crowding, misshapen teeth, and more. With a full set of veneers from at Collective Dentistry, you can completely transform your smile. We serve patients in Fulshear, Brookshire, Katy, and beyond. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Did you know…

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Porcelain veneers can last 10-20 years if you care for them properly. This means they last longer than other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

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How Does The Veneer Process Work?

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Cosmetic consultation

Before you get veneers, you’ll need to visit Collective Dentistry for a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Smith. At your appointment, you can discuss your concerns and options for cosmetic treatment. Dr. Smith will perform an oral exam to ensure you're a good candidate for veneers.

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Tooth prep and fitting

If you qualify for veneers, we may need to take a scan of your teeth beforehand to create a wax up of what we want the end result to look like. To start the prepping process, Dr. Smith will numb your mouth. She will then gently remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that’s getting a veneer. Next, she will take impressions and images of your prepped teeth which will be sent to the lab.

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Building your veneers

After she takes impressions of your teeth, Dr. Smith will attach a set of temporary veneers to your teeth before you go home. Then, she will work with a dental lab to build your final set of porcelain veneers. It usually takes 2-3 weeks to design your veneers and have them sent back to your dentist in Fulshear.

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Final veneer placement

Once your permanent veneers arrive at our office, you’ll return for one final appointment. Dr. Smith will numb you and remove your temporary veneers. Then, she will check the fit of your porcelain veneers and permanently cement them using dental cement. Once all of your veneers are in place, she’ll polish your teeth one last time before sending you home to enjoy your new smile.

What Can Veneers Treat?

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Tooth Stains

Veneers are an excellent treatment for severely stained teeth. Some stains are too deep to be successfully removed or improved with teeth whitening. If you have deep, extensive stains, a set of porcelain veneers can be used to cover up your natural enamel and restore your smile.

Uneven Or Misshapen Teeth

Veneers are also commonly used to improve the overall shape and appearance of your teeth. With veneers, you can restore uneven and misshapen teeth and enjoy a balanced and appealing smile.

Gaps Between Teeth

Veneers are sometimes also used to fill gaps between your teeth. Veneers can help fill up a diastema which is the gap between the front teeth. However, they are not an orthodontic treatment. If you have several gaps between your teeth or very large gaps, you may need to get Invisalign before you can get veneers.

Minor Chips/Tooth Damage

If you have very minor chips or damage to your teeth, it may be possible to restore them with veneers. However, it’s important to note that veneers are not a full coverage restorative dental treatment. They are only meant to be placed on healthy teeth. If you have extensive tooth damage, alternative treatments like dental crowns may be needed.

Have Questions About Veneers? Find Answers Here.

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What are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers offer an effective solution to address imperfections such as chips, cracks, or discoloration that may have resulted from different factors such as genetics or trauma. Veneers are versatile and can also enhance the shape, size, and overall appearance of teeth, giving you a flawless smile that looks and feels natural.

Another significant benefit of veneers is their durability. With proper care, they can last for many years, making them a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry option. Moreover, the installation process is quick and easy, typically requiring only two visits to complete.

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When Do I Need Dental Veneers?

If you're unhappy with the appearance (shape, length, and color) of your smile, then dental veneers might be the right solution for you. Other signs that you may need veneers include staining, cracks or chips, and short or mismatched teeth. If you’re not sure if veneers are right for you, book a consultation at Collective Dentistry, and we'll help you make an informed decision.

Are Veneers Permanent?

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Veneers are a long-lasting cosmetic dental solution. However, they may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years, depending on the level of wear and tear. Dr. Mariangela Smith and her team at Collective Dentistry will provide you with proper care instructions to help you maintain the longevity of your veneers. With regular dental checkups and proper care, your veneers can last for many years.

What are the Types of Veneers?

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When it comes to veneers, there are primarily two types available – porcelain veneers and composite bonding. The former are crafted as customized porcelain shells that are attached to the front of your teeth while the latter involves using a resin material that is directly applied and shaped onto your teeth. At Collective Dentistry, we offer both options, and our team of experts will collaborate with you to identify the best veneer type to meet your unique dental needs.

Should I Choose Composite Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?

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The choice between composite bonding and porcelain veneers depends on your individual needs and budget. Porcelain veneers are more durable and natural-looking but also more expensive. Composite bonding, on the other hand, is a more affordable option that can be completed in one visit. At Collective Dentistry, our team will work with you to determine the best option for your specific situation.

How Strong Are Veneers? Are There Restrictions on What I Can Eat?

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Veneers are strong and durable, but they can still be damaged if you don't take proper care of them. It's important to avoid biting down on hard objects like ice or using your teeth to open packages. You should also avoid eating extremely hard or sticky foods that could damage your veneers. With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for many years and provide a natural and beautiful smile.