Porcelain Veneers for a Dramatic Smile Makeover
You may have heard of the dramatic difference porcelain veneers can make in a person’s smile. After just a couple of office visits, you’ll have a set of porcelain veneers that will completely conceal flaws in your teeth and give you a brand new, beautiful smile. At the Texas Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry (TCCID), Dr. Guy M. Lewis and his team of cosmetic dentists provide patients in The Woodlands, Houston, and surrounding communities with porcelain veneers of only the highest quality. We offer traditional veneers as well as Dr. Lewis’ own brand of G. Lewis Veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are among the most advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments available. Veneers are tiny porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of natural teeth to completely conceal flaws such as chips, cracks, discoloration, crookedness, and gaps. Porcelain veneers can transform a smile in just two office visits, and they are stain-resistant. Veneers are custom-crafted to complement the unique beauty of each patient’s smile. When placed by a talented cosmetic dentist and maintained properly, porcelain veneers can provide a smile makeover that can last for many years.
The Placement of Porcelain Veneers
Placing traditional veneers and no-prep G. Lewis Veneers typically require two visits to our office in The Woodlands. However, the placement of traditional porcelain veneers differs from placement of no-prep G. Lewis Veneers.
For traditional porcelain veneers, Dr. Lewis begins by administering a local anesthesia. When it has taken effect, he then gently removes a small portion of the enamel so the teeth can accommodate the width of the veneer. Next, he makes a mold of the teeth and mouth, which he sends to a dental laboratory. There, lab technicians will use this mold to custom-craft the veneers. Finally, he will place temporary veneers, which the patient will wear until the permanent ones are ready (usually about one week). At this point, the patient will return to our office for his or her second visit to have the veneers placed. Dr. Lewis will begin this visit by administering local anesthesia. Next, he will remove the temporary veneers. He will then bond the permanent veneers to the teeth and buff them to a shine.
The Placement of G. Lewis Veneers
Placing Dr. Lewis’ no-prep veneers, on the other hand, requires the same process as traditional veneers with a few exceptions–local anesthesia is usually not necessary, the natural teeth are not reduced, and temporary veneers are not placed. Effective and durable, these porcelain veneers are ultra-thin (about the size of a contact lens) and are bonded directly to the surface of the tooth.
Dr. Lewis may recommend traditional veneers if the teeth are large or protrusive, or if they have dark stains that would show through the thin porcelain used in G. Lewis Veneers. Whether you have conventional veneers or no-prep G. Lewis Veneers, the final result is a beautiful, new smile that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth.