- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Do I need veneers?A better question would be, “Do I want a perfect smile?” That’s what porcelain veneers by Dr. Garcia will give you. If you have cosmetic issues with your teeth — things such as small gaps, uneven teeth, misshapen teeth, and the like — porcelain veneers can cover these flaws and prevent you from needing more involved procedures such as orthodontics or crowns. A set of porcelain veneers across all of your visible teeth with give you a bright white, perfect smile. Everyone could use that, right?
What cosmetic problems do porcelain veneers cover?Porcelain veneers are the ultimate restoration for: • Revitalizing the surface of a tooth • Concealing chips • Covering badly stained, discolored teeth • Closing gaps between teeth • Masking alignment problems • Covering cracks or wear • Providing an alternative to orthodontic work It’s important to note that porcelain veneers are only a cosmetic solution and are applied atop healthy teeth. If you have problems with your teeth that are beyond simply aesthetic problems — issues such as decay, gum disease, or a deep crack, for instance — Dr. Garcia needs to address those problems first before he can apply your veneers. Veneers are simply cosmetic.
Are porcelain veneers a permanent solution?Porcelain veneers last anywhere from seven to 20 years. That is a wide span of durability, but the timeframe of your veneers is dependent upon the health of the underlying teeth. You do need to consider that this is a lifetime commitment. When your veneers have reached the end of their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set placed. Because Dr. Garcia removes some of the enamel from the fronts of the teeth receiving veneers, those teeth will always need to be covered with a veneer.
What Our Patients Say
This experience was amazing from start to finish! I’ve had my top veneers for two years now and did more for me than I could have imagined. I was so nervous before my consultation but once I went in everything was smooth sailing from there. Such a great staff and Dr. Garcia is amazing! I love my smile and I can’t wait to go back for the bottoms!
What is the process of getting porcelain veneers with Dr. Garcia?Dr. Garcia uses the best materials available and a world-class dental laboratory to create custom, porcelain veneers for your healthy, beautiful Smile Makeover. This thin, porcelain shell is permanently bonded to each tooth or in the smile line (usually front top ten teeth and bottom front 10 teeth) as part of a Smiles By Garcia Smile Makeover. The bonded Porcelain Veneer is incredibly strong and long lasting, will not stain or change color, and can help strengthen and protect the supporting tooth.
Porcelain veneers require two appointments with Dr. Garcia. First, we thoroughly clean your teeth. If you have some staining on your teeth from things like coffee or red wine, we may elect to whiten your teeth first to return them to their natural shade. If you’re only having one or two veneers placed to cover something like a chip on a tooth, Dr. Garcia uses a shade guide to match the veneer color to your natural tooth color. Otherwise, if you’re opting for a full set of veneers, you can decide how white you want your new smile to be.
Next, we prepare your teeth for the veneers. To do this, Dr. Garcia shaves a tiny amount of the enamel from the front of the teeth (from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm). This makes room for the veneers on the front side of each tooth. When this process is complete, we take impressions of your teeth and send these off to the dental lab for the fabrication of your custom veneers. In most cases, this takes around one week. In the meantime, Dr. Garcia will attach temporary veneers to your teeth to protect them. When your new, custom veneers arrive back with us, you return for your second appointment. Dr. Garcia checks the fit and the color match of each veneer. If necessary, he may shave a bit off here or there. Once satisfied with the fit, the porcelain veneers are permanently cemented onto your teeth, and you can show your new smile off to Austin and the rest of the world!