Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you. You deserve to feel confident when you smile. But chips, discolorations, and misalignment can make you feel self-conscious. Veneers might be the answer that can give you a smile you deserve. Dr. Naren Mikkilineni and his staff at Signature Smiles proudly provide general and cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers, Invisalign®, and sedation dentistry to the men and women of Las Colinas, Irving, and Richardson, Texas. Use the easy online booking system to schedule a consultation today.


Veneers – Veneers in Irving, TX

Dental veneers are shells which can easily be attached to the external surface of your teeth for the purpose of improving your appearance and your smile. They’re usually made of porcelain or some kind of a resin composite so they can be permanently adhered to your teeth, in order to give you a very natural looking smile.

They’re very often used by people who have cosmetic issues with their teeth, for instance teeth which have become discolored, broken, or chipped. Some people only have veneers applied to a single tooth which has been damaged, whereas other people may choose to have a number of veneers installed to achieve a uniform look. The teeth which are most commonly involved with having veneers attached are the eight teeth on the top side, those being the teeth most commonly associated with your smile.

What are the different types of veneers in Irving, TX?

Probably the most common type of veneers used today are those made of porcelain, but there are also those made of a resin composite which are frequently installed. There are also veneers which are considered to be ‘zero preparation’ veneers, for instance Lumineers or Vivaneeres, and these take considerably less time to install, and are also much less invasive.

When traditional veneers are installed, it’s generally necessary to grind down the tooth structure, even past the enamel portion of the tooth. This is necessary so that proper placement can be obtained, but it should be borne in mind that it’s an irreversible procedure. It would also be fairly painful unless you had a local anesthetic administered, so that it can completely numb the discomfort.

On the other hand, if you were to opt for one of the zero preparation veneers, there might be some minimal preparation involved, but it would never be necessary to go below the enamel layer. In most cases, no preparation veneers don’t even require the usage of a local anesthetic, because there’s really no pain involved. Veneers are much different than crowns or tooth implants, because both of those devices replace the entire tooth. Veneers really only cover the front surface of a tooth, and are cosmetic devices which are used to improve your appearance and to brighten your smile.

How can I find a dental veneer near me?

It isn’t hard to find a dental specialist in your area who is skilled at installing dental veneers. All you have to do is conduct an Internet search using the search terms you’re interested in, in this case ‘dental veneer near me’. You will be returned a list of at least a page full of qualified dentists who are currently installing dental veneers in your area.

This listing will have addresses and phone numbers, and in some cases websites as well, so you can check out your candidate dentists’ websites before you even call them with any questions. This will be a great way for you to narrow down your list of candidates, and then when you actually talk to someone at the dental clinic, you will be able to get some kind of comfort level about who you want to work with to have your dental veneers installed.

How much do veneers near me cost?

The cost of veneers will depend largely on which type you have installed, how many veneers you’re actually having done, and what your personal dentist charges for the procedure. One of the problems with having veneers installed is that they’re not generally covered by insurance, because they’re considered to be a cosmetic procedure which is not strictly necessary for good health.

The Consumer Guide to Dentistry tells us that standard veneers can cost somewhere between $925 and $2500 for each tooth that requires a veneer, and the standard veneers will probably last somewhere around 15 years or so with good care. Zero preparation veneers might cost between $800 and $2000 per tooth, and you can count on these lasting somewhere between five and seven years.

There are some pros and cons to having each of these two types installed, with traditional veneers often being the most cost-effective kind of oral device to have installed. However, you should keep in mind that there is generally much more preparation work required when traditional veneers are installed, and more of your tooth will have to be ground down in order to accept the new veneer on the external surface.

While the zero preparation veneers might cost slightly less than traditional veneers, they historically only provide half the shelf life of traditional veneers, and would have to be replaced theoretically twice as often. Against this, you must weigh the fact that zero preparation veneers require far less preparation and tooth grinding than traditional veneers do, so that more of your original tooth remains intact.

Advantages of having dental veneers installed

The most obvious benefit of having dental veneers installed is that you immediately achieve a much more uniform smile, and your overall appearance is significantly improved. This means it’s fairly easy to recover from a tooth which has become broken, chipped, or discolored, and it can also handle teeth which are pointed or have an unusual shape.

This can cause your appearance to look a little odd, and it might even invite unwanted criticism or joking. Some people who have smaller than average teeth are interested in getting veneers installed, because they can make the teeth look more normal, and closer to standard sizing. There are also times when people have gaps in their teeth which cause them to look unsightly, and they wish to have these gaps reduced by having a wide veneer installed in the area of the gap.

Sometimes also, teeth can become severely discolored, or can have coloring which doesn’t match the surrounding teeth, and this situation can’t be corrected by whitening agents. In all of these cases, dental veneers provide a very good solution at correcting minor problems with your teeth and your smile.

When dental veneers are installed, they can generally be relied upon to be in place for 10 years or more, and that makes them a semi-permanent solution to whatever kind of issue you had. At the end of that time, it may be necessary to replace your veneers, but you will have gotten solid usage and performance from your dental veneers.

What’s involved with dental veneer procedures?

The first step in the process of having veneers installed is to have an initial consultation with your dentist, so as to discuss the right options for your situation, and to consider how many veneers will be needed. It’s also possible that you might need to have braces installed, so that crooked or uneven teeth can be properly positioned before dental veneers are installed.

Then your dentist will generally take x-rays of your mouth so that it can be determined how healthy your teeth are. Your dentist will look for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or possibly even the need for a root canal. If any of these situations are present, you may not be a realistic candidate for having veneers installed.

Assuming that you don’t have any such problems, it will be necessary to get accurate sizing for the veneers which are eventually installed. Then your dentist will trim off one-half millimeter of your tooth with a grinding tool, before an impression of your teeth is taken. This is assuming that you’re having traditional veneers installed, rather than the zero preparation veneers.

In either case, once any preparation has been accomplished, the mold will be sent to a laboratory so that your veneers can be created. When the laboratory has produced them, it will be necessary to set up another appointment with your dentist to have them permanently fitted, so you can enjoy years of improved appearance and a more confident smile.


Dental Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

People get veneers to mask discolorations or other imperfections on their teeth. Veneers are made of ceramic porcelain or a resin composite. Unlike crowns, which cover the whole tooth, veneers only cover the portion of the tooth that people see.

Why do people get veneers?
People just like you want to feel confident when they smile. They don’t want to have to hide their teeth, nor should they be embarrassed about the color or shape of their teeth.

Because of the intricate nature tooth discoloration, whitening solutions don’t work well in some cases. A patient might also have one or more chipped teeth. Alternatively, the teeth might not quite be straight, but it’s not enough to bother with braces.

Do you have any of those challenges? You might be a great candidate for veneers.

How is the procedure done?

Dr. Mikkilineni lightly buffs your teeth, removing around one-half millimeter from the front of your tooth to allow room for a veneer. He also uses a local anesthetic if needed.

For composite veneers, Dr. Mikkilineni applies the composite soon after. He then bonds and sculpts the tooth. In the case of porcelain or ceramic veneers, the veneer is developed in a lab and applied a few days later.

How many appointments are needed?
You meet with Dr. Naren Mikkilineni at Richardson Implant and Dentistry a minimum of three times, leading up to the procedure.

During your first appointment, Dr. Mikkilineni evaluates your unique situation and informs you about your treatment options. During your second appointment, he helps you plan your new smile.

Dr. Mikkilineni can only give you the best results if he understands your goals, so it’s vital that you actively participate in the process.

How long do dental veneers last?

Porcelain Veneers will typically last around 10 years. Just like real teeth, they can be damaged and may require repair. Otherwise, veneers don’t require any special treatment. You just have to brush and floss regularly to prevent stains and keep teeth healthy.

Composite veneers are porous and more susceptible to staining. Because of this, people may choose to have them done every four to eight years.

Dr. Mikkilineni helps you understand your options during your consultation.

If you have any questions about veneers contact us today! Irving: 469-214-0153; Richardson: 469-214-2795.