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.
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.