Veneers In Cibolo
If you want to restore your smile in Cibolo, and you are looking to correct multiple cosmetic issues such as stains, uneven teeth, and gaps in your smile, veneers from Cibolo Family Smiles may be just what you need! With veneers, we can completely restore your smile in just 2 quick appointments over a period of a few weeks. Call us today for a cosmetic consultation and start your journey to your dream smile!
What Are Veneers?
Veneers consist of a special type of dental prostheses, which are designed to fit over your natural teeth after they have been trimmed. Veneers cover up the front chewing surface of your tooth with a strong, durable, ceramic material. Since they cover up and replace the front of your natural teeth, veneers are extremely versatile for covering up cosmetic flaws. They are often used to hide issues like gapped and crooked teeth, uneven teeth, serious stains, misshapen or small teeth, and more.
Understanding The Veneer Placement Process
It usually takes Dr. Patel 2 appointments over a span of about 2-3 weeks to prepare your teeth and place your veneers. After he has approved you for treatment, you’ll come in for your first appointment. Dr. Patel will begin by cleaning your mouth and numbing your teeth. Next, he will use specialized tools to trim away a very thin layer of enamel from each tooth which is getting a veneer. This step is required to ensure that your veneers fit perfectly, and don’t add any excess bulk to your teeth.
Once your teeth have been trimmed, Dr. Patel will take dental impressions and work with a third-party dental lab to create a set of veneers that will look and feel just like your natural teeth. It takes about 2-3 weeks to create your veneers, so you’ll be sent home with a set of temporary prostheses.
When your veneers arrive at our office, you’ll come in for your last appointment. Dr. Patel will check the fit of each veneer, and make minor adjustments if necessary. Then, he will bond them into place permanently with dental cement, and buff and polish your veneers so that they match your natural teeth.
The Benefits Of Veneers
Veneers are very durable, with a lifespan of 10-15+ years. They look and feel just like natural teeth, and do not require any special treatment beyond regular brushing and flossing, and seeing Dr. Patel every six months for a standard cleaning. The treatment is also minimally-invasive and allows you to restore your teeth quickly over a period of only a few weeks.
Are Veneers Safe?
Yes. Veneers are completely safe. There are no serious side effects or complications associated with veneer treatment. In most cases, you may experience some minor tooth sensitivity after your teeth have been trimmed and covered up with temporary veneers.
However, this sensitivity will fade over time. Once your permanent veneers have been attached, your teeth will be just as strong and healthy as they were before they were trimmed. Dr. Niraj Patel is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Cibolo, so you can trust him to take great care of your smile throughout the veneer placement process.
Can Veneers be removed?
No. Veneers are not meant to be removed, and the veneer placement process is permanent. The treatment is not reversible, so keep this in mind when considering your options for cosmetic dentistry.
Veneers are not reversible because the preparation process requires Dr. Patel to remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that is getting a veneer. Trimming your teeth is necessary to ensure that the veneers fit perfectly, and don’t add any bulk to your teeth that could change your bite.
However, this enamel can’t be replaced. Once your veneers have been placed, your teeth will be just as strong as they were before they were trimmed. However, if you were ever to have your veneers removed, your trimmed teeth would be much more vulnerable to decay and damage.
For this reason, you can’t have your veneers removed after they have been placed. You’ll need to keep your veneers for the rest of your life, and replace or repair them if they ever become damaged or worn out.
If you are thinking about getting veneers, but you do not like the idea of a non-reversible treatment, dental bonding may be a good option for you. Dental bonding does not require your teeth to be trimmed, and is a cost-effective alternative to veneers.
How are veneers made?
The process will begin with an appointment at Cibolo Family Smiles. Dr. Niraj Patel will trim and prepare your teeth. Then, he will use dental putty and a set of trays to take a set of dental impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental lab. This is where your veneers will be built.
The dental lab will get a set of your dental impressions, as well as documentation about your treatment plan and any images and other information Dr. Patel sends to them. This helps guide them as they create your veneers.
There are a few ways to make veneers. Most commonly, the lab technician will create a mold of your teeth and then cast the veneers out of a melted porcelain material. In some cases, CAD/CAM dentistry may be used to trim your veneers from a block of solid porcelain using automated cutting tools.
Once your veneers are finished, they will be sent to our office. You’ll come in for a final appointment with Dr. Patel, and he will check them to make sure they fit perfectly. Then, he will bond your veneers into place permanently, restoring your smile.