Eight Reasons to Get Dental Veneers with our Dallas Dentists

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Many of us try store-bought teeth whitening products and subscription-based orthodontia to get a traffic-stopping smile. But, while these cosmetic solutions can help beautify your smile, nothing enhances your smile quite as dramatically as porcelain dental veneers.

If you’re looking for high-quality dental veneers in Dallas, TX, then look no further than Lakewood Dental Group. Dr. Mihir Patel and Dr. Shaun Sigurdson have years of experience providing custom-made veneers to patients who want to permanently upgrade their smiles. Schedule your consultation now by submitting a request here or by calling (214) 827-1885.  

Dental veneers are an investment in your oral health, but that shouldn’t stop you from considering this transformative procedure. In this post, our team explores eight reasons to get dental veneers with our Dallas dentists.  

Veneers Prevent Further Dental Damage

Many patients seek cosmetic treatments at our Dallas dental clinic to cover smile-detracting chips and cracks in their teeth. One such treatment for dental chips and cracks is veneers.

Dr. Patel and Dr. Sigurdson cement the thin, porcelain shells to the front surface of the teeth that are receiving treatment. This effectively covers areas of unsightly damage while reinforcing the natural structure of the tooth. As a result, dental veneers help patients amplify their smiles while boosting their oral health and preventing further dental damage.

Avoid Enamel Erosion and Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth enamel contains approximately 96% minerals (like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium), making it the hardest substance found in the human body. But, even though tooth enamel is unbelievably strong, it is not immune to erosion. And, unfortunately, tooth enamel is incapable of repairing itself, so once enamel erodes, it’s gone for good.

When enamel erodes, the sensitive dentin of our teeth is exposed to the elements. This can lead to increased sensitivity to pressure and temperatures, or even extreme pain while simply breathing through the mouth.

Fortunately, our Lakewood dentists can treat enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity with dental veneers. These prosthetics cover compromised teeth, which protect enamel from further erosion and prevent prolonged discomfort

Cover Deep, Intrinsic Stains

There are two types of dental stains: intrinsic and extrinsic. Our Dallas dentists refer to stains that occur on the outer surface of the tooth as ‘extrinsic stains,’ while deep, internal stains are called ‘intrinsic stains.’

Extrinsic stains are much easier to lift from the teeth, as the stains are limited to the outer surface of the tooth. However, intrinsic stains are much harder to lift from teeth, as the discoloration is often caused by internal damage or changes within teeth.

Intrinsic stains may occur for a few reasons, including:

  • Dental injury
  • Certain Medications (like tetracycline)
  • Pulpitis (an infection inside a tooth)
  • Fluoride exposure

Unfortunately, even professional teeth whitening treatments are not enough to get rid of intrinsic stains. Dental veneers, however, completely cover intrinsic stains, making them an effective treatment to brighten and enhance lackluster smiles.

Veneers are Faster Than Orthodontia

If you have minor overlapping or crowding, then you might be considering orthodontia (like Invisalign®) to straighten your smile. But, even correcting minor issues can take approximately six months to fix. So, if you’re in a hurry to transform your smile, orthodontia may not be the best method to get rapid results.

Instead, try dental veneers! Patients with slight alignment issues can seamlessly cover imperfections with these sturdy, porcelain prosthetics. Typically, patients attend approximately two to three appointments at our Lakewood dental center:

  • The initial consultation:  At this appointment, you and our team discuss your smile goals and map your unique treatment plan.
  • Preparation: During a second appointment, we prepare the teeth that are receiving treatment by removing a small amount of dental enamel. Next, we take oral impressions to send to a trusted dental laboratory before protecting the teeth with temporary prosthetics.
  • The final fit: Once the dental laboratory completes your final prosthetics, Dr. Patel or Dr. Sigurdson will permanently cement the veneers to the front surface of the affected teeth. The result is a permanently enhanced smile that supports and preserves your oral health!

Highly-customizable Treatment

No cosmetic procedure allows patients more control over their treatment than porcelain dental veneers. Indeed, patients can work closely with our dentists in Dallas to choose the perfect shade, shape, and size of their new smiles. 

So, if you’re looking for a highly-customizable treatment that can address several cosmetic, restorative, and preventive issues at once, then dental veneers may be right for you!

They Look, Feel, and Function Like Natural Teeth

Porcelain reflects light much in the same way natural teeth reflect light. This means that porcelain veneers look completely natural when you smile.

Not only do they look completely natural, but they feel and function completely naturally, too. From biting to speaking, veneers serve to enhance all facets of your oral health, appearance, and function. 

Veneers Require Minimal Maintenance

Porcelain is resistant to decay-causing bacteria, which means that patients don’t have to worry about developing cavities on their veneers. However, this doesn’t mean that patients should neglect proper, daily oral hygiene.

Caring for these porcelain prosthetics requires very little maintenance, such as:

  • Brushing twice daily or after meals and snacks with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Flossing daily
  • Rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Visiting our Lakewood dentists every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.

Enjoy Your Upgraded Smile For Years to Come

Dental veneers are a permanent cosmetic solution. As such, patients must commit to caring, maintaining, and replacing veneers for life.

While this may seem daunting to some patients, caring for dental prosthetics is relatively easy. In fact, patients can enjoy their dental veneers for a decade or longer if they:

  • Practice good oral hygiene daily
  • Avoid damaging behavior, such as chewing on ice, hard candy, or pen tips
  • Treat bruxism (the unconscious grinding and clenching of teeth while sleeping) with a custom night guard
  • Protect teeth during high-contact sports

Ask our Dallas dentists if dental veneers are right for you!

If you’re ready to verify your candidacy for dental veneers, then contact the team at Lakewood Dental Group today. New and existing patients can reach our Dallas dental office by submitting an appointment request here or by calling (214) 827-1885 now.