Veneers are one of the quickest and most effective ways to fix surface damage to one or multiple teeth. They are also perfect as a way to makeover your entire smile. At Scott Young, DDS, our dentists Dr. Scott Young, Dr. Kathleen Akers, and our dental team offer general and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in The Woodlands, Texas.
Cosmetic dentistry is often described as both an art and a science, and veneers are a perfect illustration of this comparison. Depending on your smile goals and the current state of your teeth and oral health, our dentists can design your individual idea of the perfect smile with veneers.
In addition to fixing minor to moderate chips and cracks, veneers can also be used for strictly cosmetic purposes if there’s something about your smile that you want to improve or change.
Veneers are custom designed for your teeth, so at your first appointment, our team will examine your teeth, discuss your goals and the improvements you’d like to make to your smile, and take an impression to create a mold for the veneers.
In some cases, it may be necessary to remove a thin layer of tooth enamel to make sure that the veneers fit and look and feel as natural as possible. The entire process is minimally invasive and gentle, so you won’t need anesthesia or numbing. You can expect to schedule two to three appointments for the entire process.
If you have any oral health issues like cavities or gingivitis, you may need to treat them first before getting your cosmetic veneers.
The same principles for good oral hygiene and dental care apply after you get your veneers. Caring for your veneers is easy — brush your teeth after meals and floss once a day, avoid tobacco and foods that can stain your teeth, and protect your teeth from trauma by wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports. Veneers are durable, but they can chip and stain just like your teeth.
The typical lifespan of dental veneers ranges from five to ten years, but they can also last much longer in many cases. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, make sure to visit our team every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning to protect your oral health.
For more information about veneers and the cosmetic and general dentistry services available at our office in The Woodlands, Texas, contact us today by phone or online to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.