About Porcelain Dental Veneers
Over time and for a variety of reasons, your teeth can begin to show flaws and damage. They can become stained by food, drink, and some antibiotics. Gums can recede as you age exposing the tooth root. Also, you may feel that your teeth are too long or short for your face, or you may have minor gaps between teeth but don't want to do orthodontics. Porcelain veneers work as a great option for correcting these flaws and creating a natural, beautiful, Hollywood smile. Veneers are thin but durable covers that adhere to the front of the teeth and are able to be matched to look natural. Whether you want to have whiter teeth or a more even and straighter smile, veneers are a great option for enhancing the overall aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Dr. Neela Patel at Houston Heights Dentistry uses custom-designed porcelain veneers to both freshen and create new smiles for her patients.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Patel and her staff. due to personal neglect, I have some serious dental issues and I am self-conscious about it; so it is hard for me to go into the dentist office. Dr. Patel is amazing and her staff does a wonderful job treating me in a way that minimizes pain/discomfort. I give Dr. Patel's office 5 stars only because I am not able to give her anything more than that. If you are looking for a dentist, especially if you have dental office related anxiety like me, I highly recommend Dr. Patel's office."- D.M. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
What to Expect
To begin the process of making the veneers, room must be made by removing a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that will be covered. Once the teeth have been prepared, Dr. Patel will make a mold or impression of the teeth, which will be used to create your custom veneers in a dental laboratory. A temporary veneer will cover your teeth until the permanent veneers are returned to our office. The custom veneers will be attached to the front of the teeth with a special resin bonding agent. They will be adjusted as needed to give you a comfortable fit.
A follow-up appointment is usually scheduled for about one week after the veneers are placed to make sure that you are not only happy with your smile, but also that your speech and chewing function is very comfortable. Porcelain veneers are more resistant to staining than your natural enamel, but to keep them in their best condition, it is advised to avoid staining foods and drinks like coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. You should continue to follow a good home oral care routine, including brushing your teeth with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing, and visiting the dentist for professional cleanings and dental exams three or four times a year. With good care, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.
Porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, so it is generally not covered by dental insurance. However, our office accepts many payment options and we can help patients with financing plans to make porcelain veneers more affordable.
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A Hollywood Smile
To revitalize your smile and hide cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers can be a great treatment option. Teeth that are crooked, chipped, discolored, or stained can be camouflaged with natural-looking veneers that are custom made for a comfortable, long-lasting solution. This is the dental technique used by actors and actresses in Hollywood to transform their smile into a dazzling "Hollywood Smile"! To learn more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options that will optimize your smile, schedule a consultation with Houston Heights Dentistry.