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
"Great overall experience. Dr. Patel and her staff really take amazing care of their patients and make you feel welcome and at ease the minute you step into the office. Today she squeezed me into her already busy schedule to fix me up with a new veneer that broke off my tooth just hours before. They did an excellent job! In the two plus years I’ve been going to HHD, I’ve never been disappointed. Here are a few more highlights: none of her shots ever hurt, she always calls you in the evening to check that everything is ok, competitive prices."- J.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
"Great doctor and hygienist! Probably the best, most knowledgeable dentist I’ve been to!"- N.D. / Google / Sep 30, 2019
"Great office!"- S.R. / Google / Sep 26, 2019
"Dr. Patel and her staff are very friendly and professional. I have never had such an informative and thorough comprehensive exam. I will definitely be back."- M.M. / Google / Sep 26, 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.
Plan Your Procedure
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.