What Are Porcelain Veneers?
One of the best ways to alleviate a number of cosmetic issues relating to the teeth is porcelain veneers. The talented dentists at Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, TX use these veneers in order to transform the appearance of teeth with cracks, chips, stains, and small gaps. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to precisely match the patient's teeth while removing any existing flaws, which allows for beautiful, natural-looking results. They are made of thin pieces of ceramic in order to take on the luster and translucence of genuine teeth for a gorgeous finish when applied to the surface of teeth. With proper care and maintenance, veneers have often been known to last up to 20 years. Dr. Davis and Dr. Guerre have extensive experience in fitting patients of all ages for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Veneers Reviews
"I have been going to Dr. Davis for cleanings, crowns and fillings for over 25 years now. He and his team have always been attentive and helpful. The work they do is top notch all the way. Recently I decided to do something about the terrible look of my teeth. They have always had a naturally dark color. That coupled with the wine and coffee I drink just made them look awful. I have been embarrassed and ashamed of my choppers for years. My wife said she married me anyway. My girls say they looked rotten. I finally asked Dr. Davis to help me. The solution he suggested was veneers. They were ready a few weeks after I decided on the desired color and shape. He did a little prep and glued them on. Presto changeo! Wow!! I can now smile and be proud. My daughters showered me with complements. My wife loves them. I feel like a new man. Funny how something like teeth can impact a persons confidence so much. I'm glad I did it and I am appreciative to Dr. Davis and his team for helping me."- V.L. / Google / Feb 29, 2020
"Dr. Davis and Matt are the best in the game! I haven’t been to see them in years because I moved to LA. I’ve been stuck in Houston because of Covid and had some problems with my bite. I called and they booked me the same day with Matt. I usually see Dr. Davis but I took a chance on Matt. He took the time to hear my gripes and carefully explained his assessment in laymans terms. 5-10 min later my problem was fixed. I always think of Dr. Davis when being complimented about my smile, which is on a pretty frequent basis. (pursuing acting in LA so my smile is used daily). Years ago before I moved, I had had braces twice by another orthodontist but for some reason I was still not happy with my smile. I was looking into veneers when I decided to go see Cosmetic Dental Associates. I remember walking into the office thinking this would cost me or at the time my father a small fortune. They quickly got me into a chair and after showing Dr. Davis a couple of pictures of what I thought my smile should look like he explained my teeth were perfectly straight and just needed to be manicured a smidge to give them a more symmetrical appearance. I thought It would hurt, I’d have to schedule another appointment and still a small fortune. He calmly explained he could do it right there within seconds. At this point I had enough trust in him that he knew what he was doing. Without asking the price I just said "go ahead". Within less than 2 min I could already see my smile was adjusted perfectly. As I thanked him and walked out I was surprise that the cost was no more than just a regular visit. I was prepared to write more on a blank check but I think he def. had my best interest and could see I just needed small adjustments. I’m forever appreciative, as people I meet and run into over the years tell me I have a million dollar smile. The office is very attentive, professional, and a great aura to be around."- M.G. / Yelp / Sep 17, 2020
"Doc Spiker and his staff are amazing !!! I have been going to see him for over 20 years for all my dental needs ! Coming from England I have never had the greatest teeth but without veneers and braces and being considerate of my budget , Doc Spiker has given me my most beautiful version of myself , making my own natural teeth look amazing ! The staff is so friendly and they are the same great staff who was working for him 20 years ago when I first walked through their doors !! To me , this speaks volumes as to how the Doc runs his practice !!! Over the years I have had everything from fillings and teeth cleanings to bonding and whitening and straightening done here ! I would never go anywhere else ! Doc Spiker is the ‘Wizard Of Oz ‘ of everything to do with beautiful healthy teeth ! Thankyou Doc Spiker for giving this cheap , frugal British girl with Austin Power teeth a beautiful smile which has literally lasted a lifetime !!!!"- M.M. / Google / Sep 23, 2020
"I have been going to Dr. Davis for cleanings, crowns and fillings for over 25 years now. He and his team have always been attentive and helpful. The work they do is top notch all the way. Recently I decided to do something about the terrible look of my teeth. They have always had a naturally dark color. That coupled with the wine and coffee I drink just made them look awful. I have been embarrassed and ashamed of my choppers for years. My wife said she married me anyway. My girls say they looked rotten. I finally asked Dr. Davis to help me. The solution he suggested was veneers. They were ready a few weeks after I decided on the desired color and shape. He did a little prep and glued them on. Presto changeo! Wow!! I can now smile and be proud. My daughters showered me with complements. My wife loves them. I feel like a new man. Funny how something like teeth can impact a persons confidence so much. I'm glad I did it and I am appreciative to Dr. Davis and his team for helping me."- V.L. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"Dr Davis has been one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Houston for years. Other dentists I have gone to have commented on the excellent work he has done with my teeth. He has maintained that quality which is why I drive 500 miles to see him."- R.H. / Google / Jun 29, 2021
How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
Before a porcelain veneer can be placed, our team must remove a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of each individual tooth in order to make room for the veneers. After this process is complete, a digital impression of the teeth is made and sent to a dental laboratory where an expert will craft a custom set of veneers for the patient. The veneers themselves are made of several thin layers of ceramic. Until the final veneers are created and returned to our office, the patient will need to wear temporary veneers. Once the veneers are ready, the patients will return to our office for an appointment to have the veneers bonded to their teeth.
Aftercare for Porcelain Veneers
For the first few days after having porcelain veneers applied to the teeth, patients may find themselves to be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This is due to the removal of the natural enamel, which usually protects the teeth from these conditions. However, this sensitivity usually subsides within just a few days. A week after the veneers are placed, the patient will need a follow-up appointment with our team to make sure the mouth is responding to the veneers as it should be. Due to the fact that the veneers are made out of porcelain and incredibly easy to polish, the probability of staining veneers is little to none. When cleaning, veneers should be brushed with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash just like natural teeth. Patients should be sure to keep up with regular dental appointments to ensure our dentists can perform professional maintenance by polishing the veneers with a special, non-abrasive paste to keep them in pristine condition.
How Much do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers can vary due to various factors, such as the labor and skill going into creating the veneers, the number of teeth that will be treated, and the material used. Typically, veneers can cost between $1,500 and $2,500 per tooth. Since this is considered a cosmetic treatment, insurance usually doesn’t cover the costs, but in some cases, insurance might cover some.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Do porcelain veneers ruin your teeth?
It’s a common question with a simple answer: no, porcelain veneers, if done properly by an experienced doctor, do not ruin your teeth or cause them to rot – but you must still practice good oral hygiene and get regular dental checkups.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Technically, porcelain veneers aren’t considered a “permanent” procedure because, at some point, they’ll most likely need to be replaced. However, porcelain veneers can last for decades with proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Are porcelain veneers worth the cost?
Porcelain veneers are a pricier cosmetic dental procedure, to be sure. But the beautiful transformation of your smile and confidence boost isn’t something you can put a price tag on. If cost is a concern, there are several price point options you can choose from to fit your budget.
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Considering Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are a great idea for anyone who wants to revitalize their smile. If you think this is the procedure for you, give Cosmetic Dental Associates a call as soon as possible to set up your consultation in Houston, TX. Dr. Davis and Dr. Guerre will make full use of their comprehensive backgrounds and skillsets to make sure your smile is more brilliant and healthy than ever before.
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