A great smile boosts your self-esteem and helps you feel confident in every aspect of your life. At Houston Precise Dental Care, Joe Eckford Jr., DDS helps people in and around Houston get a natural, great-looking smile with porcelain veneers. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to take the first step toward a more brilliant smile.

    Veneers Q & A

    What are porcelain veneers?

    Porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that bond directly to your teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, except they are more resistant to stains caused by smoking, red wine, coffee or other foods.

    Porcelain veneers can enhance your smile or help correct problems like severe tooth discoloration, chipped or cracked teeth or misshapen teeth. You can veneer any number of teeth to get the smile you’re longing for.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for porcelain veneers. For example, if you grind your teeth or have significant gum disease or other oral health problems, Dr. Eckford might suggest another approach, such as a dental crown, to improve your smile.

    How are porcelain veneers placed?

    Placing your veneers is typically a two-appointment process. On your first visit, Dr. Eckford removes some of your tooth enamel with a dental drill. This creates room for your veneer to fit over your teeth. He then take impressions that will be used to have your veneer custom-made. After this appointment, you’ll wear temporary veneers.

    During your second appointment, Dr. Eckford bonds your personalized veneers directly to your teeth.

    New veneers, called Lumineers, may take just one appointment to place. These thinner veneers require less removal of enamel. However, Lumineers aren’t for everyone. They work best for people who desire a brighter, more beautiful smile but who begin with less tooth discoloration and more well-aligned teeth.

    How do I take care of my porcelain veneers?

    To keep your veneers looking great, you should:

    • Brush and floss your teeth regularly
    • See your dentist at least every six months
    • Avoid chewing on non-food items like fingernails or pen caps
    • Stop grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw
    • Quit smoking
    • Avoid foods that can stain teeth like coffee, tea or red wine

    If a porcelain veneer cracks or pops up, you can replace just one at a time. After a decade or more of wear, you may want to replace all the veneers to freshen up your smile.

    Learn if porcelain veneers can help you enjoy a more beautiful smile. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.