The holidays may be over, but it’s not too late to give yourself one more gift. And we’re not talking about one that will be thrown into the back of the closet and promptly forgotten.
This is a gift that will last decades — maybe your entire life. That will be on display every time you interact with the world. That will enable you to approach life with newfound enthusiasm and confidence.
At Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS, PLLC, we offer gorgeous, custom-crafted porcelain veneers. To book a consultation, call our East Dallas, TX dental office at 972-360-9944.
A Hollywood Beginning
It’s fitting that veneers were invented by a California dentist to make actors’ smiles look fabulous on the silver screen, because they really do epitomize the Hollywood smile. The earliest veneers were temporary — designed to be worn just during filming — but advancements in materials decades later enabled the creation of safe, permanent veneers. Finally, you no longer had to be a movie star to get a smile like one. Today, veneers are still hugely popular with entertainers and celebrities, but they are also an excellent way for ordinary people to upgrade their pearly whites.
Veneers Cover Your Dental Flaws
A dental veneer is a thin shell-like covering that is securely bonded to the front of your tooth. You can get a single veneer or many, depending on your needs. While veneers may be crafted out of ceramic, composite resin, or other materials, at Gregory S. Kerbel, DDS, we use strong, high-quality porcelain for our veneers. Veneers will cover a wide variety of flaws and blemishes, including:
- Stains, including deep discoloration (like the type caused by decay or certain meds) not helped by teeth whitening treatments.
- Ragged or worn down teeth.
- Small cosmetic cracks, chips, or breaks.
- Teeth that are oddly shaped, irregular, or that even have minor cosmetic alignment issues.
- Gaps between teeth that you’d like to close up.
As Veneers fix myriad problems with just one procedure, they are an excellent option for people with more than one cosmetic complaint about their pearly whites. And while they are generally considered a cosmetic technique, they have the additional benefit of adding structure and strength to your teeth.
The Veneers Process
If you think you’d like to supercharge your smile with dental veneers, call Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS, PLLC to book a consultation with Dr. Kerbel, Dr. Callier, or Dr. Margolin. We will examine your mouth and, if you are a good candidate for dental veneers, create a custom treatment plan.
- We will take digital X-rays and impressions of your teeth to ensure a precise fit. Your custom veneers will be crafted at an outside lab to be a precise match to your tooth shape and color.
- Your teeth must be prepared for the veneers. We will remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth so the veneer fits perfectly and looks natural.
- Once the your dental veneers are back from the lab, we will prepare them for placement by etching and cleaning them.
- We will apply a strong, permanent adhesive and very carefully cement the veneers to the fronts of the teeth.
- The veneers are then cured with a special light to ensure a strong bond.
- Finally, one of our dentists will clean up and polish the veneer so that it gleams.
While the veneers process is generally painless, we understand that some people have dental anxiety and need a little something to take the edge of their nerves. We offer two types of dental sedation — nitrous oxide and oral (pill) sedation — to give nervous patients a calmer and more pleasant experience.
Making Your Veneers Last
Veneers are made to last. With good care, you can expect them to remain in good shape for fifteen years or even more! They are not invincible, though. Just like your natural teeth, they require good oral hygiene.
- Brush and floss just like you do with your natural teeth. You should brush twice per day and floss daily.
- Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Brush thoroughly, but do not “scrub” the teeth too hard.
- Although veneers are stain resistant, it’s a good idea to limit coffee, tea, and other foods and drinks that cause discoloration.
- Visit Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS, PLLC at least every six months for a cleaning and exam.