If you have pointy, unusually shaped, or asymmetrical teeth, veneers can restore balance to your smile. At My Dentist, general dentist Christine Hervas, DDS, has years of experience placing custom veneers. To see if you can benefit, make an appointment by calling the practice in Austin, Texas, or clicking the online booking feature today.
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of your permanent teeth. They mask imperfections that don’t respond to other types of treatment, like teeth whitening.
If you have a chipped tooth, you might only need a single veneer. Even so, Dr. Hervas usually recommends getting six or eight to ensure your smile appears balanced and symmetrical.
At My Dentist, Dr. Hervas uses veneers to correct various oral imperfections, including:
You might also be a candidate for veneers if your teeth are smaller than average.
Before recommending veneers, Dr. Hervas conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. If your teeth and gums are healthy and there are no signs of cavities or gum disease, she administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth.
Next, Dr. Hervas prepares your teeth to receive the veneers. To do that, she carefully removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. After preparing your teeth, Dr. Hervas takes digital impressions. She sends your impressions to a dental facility that manufactures your veneers.
A few weeks later, when the dental facility completes your custom veneers, you return to My Dentist. Dr. Hervas numbs your mouth, lines up the veneers with your permanent teeth, and carefully bonds them in place. Before you leave, she polishes them and provides care instructions.
Dental veneers typically last 12-15* years, but it’s possible to extend their longevity by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Hervas recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting My Dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent damage to your veneers, Dr. Hervas recommends avoiding bad habits like biting your nails, chewing on pen caps, or biting down on ice cubes.
If you want to learn more about veneers, make an appointment at My Dentist by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.
*Individual results may vary.