We provide porcelain veneers as a cosmetic dental treatment for patients in our Katy, TX dental office. Dental veneers close gaps between teeth, cover chipped or cracked teeth, or brighten stained teeth. Made of ultra-thin porcelain ceramic shells that are bonded to the front of teeth, these custom dental veneers are crafted to blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.
Dr. Lauren Shepard and Dr. Catherine Wilder bring a caring, personalized approach to the cosmetic needs of our patients. When creating a cosmetic treatment plan, they take each patient’s budget, dental history, current concerns, and future goals into account. Tailor-made dental treatment ensures high-quality and long-lasting results.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
We first perform a complete evaluation to make sure porcelain veneers are the best choice for you. Moving forward, your teeth are prepared. The dentist removes a small amount of tooth structure to make room for the veneers. Porcelain veneers should be smooth and flush to blend in with the rest of your smile.
We then take impressions of the prepared teeth to send to a dental lab. There, master ceramicists custom-make your veneers based on those impressions. They color-match the veneers to the shade you desire so that they match the rest of your smile. Sometimes, we fit you with a temporary restoration while your veneers are being made.
When your permanent veneers are ready, you’ll come back into our office. The dentist fits them to your teeth, making any small adjustments if needed. When you’re happy with the results, the veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth.
What Do Porcelain Veneers Treat?
Porcelain veneers are a favorite dental restoration because they can treat a variety of cosmetic concerns. They cover the entire front and sides of your teeth. If your tooth is broken or chipped, a veneer can cover it and give the appearance of a complete tooth back. This is also ideal if you have a misshapen tooth or one with some defect, improving both look and function.
Certain types of tooth staining and discoloration aren’t treatable with traditional whitening techniques. A tooth that’s been injured by trauma or stained with medication isn’t going to respond to traditional whitening solutions. We color-match porcelain veneers to the shade of white you desire so that they blend in with the rest of your smile. Since they cover the whole tooth, they completely hide any discoloration.
Each porcelain veneer is custom-crafted to exact specifications so that it’s natural with your smile. This includes the size and shape of the tooth. We want it to look natural, for people not even to realize that it’s a dental restoration. If you have gaps between your teeth, veneers can be shaped to cover the gaps while still looking natural.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Read the answers to frequently asked questions many dentists get about dental veneers and veneer treatment:
What is porcelain veneer treatment like?
To begin treatment, we clean the teeth and remove a small portion of the tooth enamel. This is done to ensure that the veneers properly adhere to the teeth. Then, we take dental impressions and veneer specifications to a dental lab where the veneers will be created. Once the veneers are complete, we will check their fit and color. We will then bond the veneers to the teeth permanently.
How much are porcelain veneers?
The material used, the size of the tooth, where the tooth is located, and how many teeth are treated all impact the cost of your treatment. We will thoroughly examine your smile and discuss your treatment plan with you. Our team will also review your insurance options with you for the cost of your care.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Because veneers are made from thin materials, they easily adhere to teeth and do not look bulky. Our veneers are crafted from porcelain ceramic, a stain-resistant and durable material. We can color-match veneers to brighten the smile or blend in with existing teeth. Compared to other cosmetic treatments like dental bonding, porcelain veneers are longer-lasting.
Veneers require few repairs and can last for many years with the right care.
How many porcelain veneers can I get?
Patients can receive a single dental veneer to around eight to ten veneers. This is because veneers typically treat teeth in the front of the mouth. We recommend dental crowns or tooth bonding for patients with damaged molars or cracks and chips in the back of the mouth.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are meant to be permanent. Over the years, porcelain veneers typically only require minor repairs or maintenance. Scheduling biannual visits, maintaining a healthy diet, and keeping up with your at-home oral hygiene routine lengthens the life of your dental veneers.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Are you looking for a brighter and more balanced smile? Do you want to learn more about treatment with porcelain veneers? Call Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard for treatment today at 281.843.9814. You may also request a dental appointment with our friendly team online. Our office serves patients from Katy, Fulshear, Richmond, and other local communities.