Routine dental cleaning may not improve certain cosmetic concerns, such as tooth discoloration, wear, and misalignment. Porcelain veneers can address each of these issues comfortably, quickly, and in a natural-looking way.
Patients choose Dr. Jason Fowler for their care both for the experience he offers and for the experience they receive at his practice. He has spent more than a decade supporting patients with cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers, and this knowledge and experience help provide predictable and durable outcomes. As a patient, you can expect gentle treatment and personal attention in a calm, professional environment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers replace the front surface of a tooth. They can be an excellent option if you have teeth that are:
- Stained or discolored.
- Worn, chipped, or otherwise damaged on the front surface.
- Out of alignment, uneven, or widely spaced.
As part of the treatment, Dr. Fowler will remove the blemished section of the tooth and replace it with the veneer. He will blend the veneer seamlessly with the surface of your natural tooth. Dr. Fowler can use porcelain veneers to address a specific problem for a single tooth, or he can treat several teeth for an overall improved smile.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers offer patients a non-invasive and efficient way of improving the appearance of their teeth. They can instantly whiten stained teeth, can replace damaged surfaces, and, unlike orthodontic braces—which can take years to resolve alignment problems—can quickly create an even smile with no gaps between teeth.
Veneers tend to be a more conservative approach than other dental restoration options. The treatment replaces only the front section of the tooth while retaining the rest of the crown and tooth root. This allows you to keep more of your original tooth. Additionally, the porcelain style of veneers is the most common because of the durability and natural-looking appearance the material offers. You can expect lasting and attractive improvement with treatment.
Your Experience with Porcelain Veneers
During your dental visit, Dr. Fowler will conduct an examination to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. If one or more of your teeth have damage or staining on the front surface or if your teeth are misaligned, he may recommend that you address these concerns with porcelain veneers. Dr. Fowler uses a staged and strategic approach to treatment:
Impressions. Dr. Fowler will take impressions of the teeth that require porcelain veneers. This is a comfortable and simple process that creates an exact mold of the area.
Wax-ups. Dr. Fowler will work in close collaboration with partners at dental laboratories who will create models for your veneers. The laboratory technicians will fabricate temporary veneers that have the features of natural teeth; rather than a uniform color and flat surface, they will have the vitality and character of your original teeth. Fabrication takes about three weeks.
Placement of temporary veneers. During your second appointment, you will have a chance to review the wax-ups and to compare them to your original teeth. This will take place before Dr. Fowler makes any permanent changes, so you can be confident that you will receive the cosmetic result that you want. After you approve the wax-ups, Dr. Fowler will prepare your teeth and place your set of temporary veneers.
Evaluation. During the 3-4 weeks that the dental laboratory is fabricating your permanent veneers, you can let Dr. Fowler know if you want to make any changes to the temporaries to improve their appearance or your comfort. Dr. Fowler will also apply these changes to the permanent set you receive.
Placement of permanent veneers. During your final appointment, Dr. Fowler will remove the temporaries and place the permanent veneers. Once your treatment is complete, you can expect an even, natural-looking, and cosmetically appealing smile.
If you have teeth that appear discolored, damaged, or misaligned, you may benefit from porcelain veneers. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fowler online or by phone at (817) 731-6386 to learn more.