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What are dental veneers?
Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain or resin composite materials. They are thin shells that are stain-resistant and bonded directly to the surface of the tooth. Veneers can help with many cosmetic problems, such as tooth stains and damaged teeth. Dr. Schmidgall, may recommend veneers if you have teeth that are excessively worn down and are short and stubby, have minor chips, are irregularly shaped, or if they are crooked or have gaps in them. Dr. Schmidgall may recommend against getting veneers if you have extensive tooth decay or not a lot of tooth enamel.

What is the procedure like?
Dr. Ryan Schmidgall will give you a thorough oral exam to make sure that veneers are right for you. Dr. Schmidgall at Oak will want to make sure that you have good oral health in general, with only minor aesthetic problems with your teeth. You should have healthy teeth and gums and no bad oral health habits such as clenching or grinding your teeth, as this can put a lot of stress on veneers.

It can take up to three trips to the dentist to get your veneers. After Dr. Schmidgall has determined that veneers are right for you, he will start by giving you a local anesthetic and trimming some enamel off of your tooth. Then, he will make a model of the tooth to send to a lab that will make your veneer.

When the tooth is back from the lab, Dr. Schmidgall will place it on your tooth to see how it looks and fits. He may need to trim it and replace it several times. When it looks just right, he will attach the veneer with a special cement, and he may use a special light to make the cement dry quickly. He will make any final adjustments, and he may ask you to come back for a follow-up visit to make sure the veneer is working for you.

What are some pros and cons?
One pro of porcelain veneers is that they look very much like natural teeth. They also resist stains better than resin composite.

Resin composite veneers don’t look as much like natural teeth as porcelain do, but they are thinner and they require less of the tooth’s surface to be removed before they are placed.

You will find that taking care of veneers is seamless and routine. You take care of them just as you would your natural teeth, by flossing once a day, brushing them twice a day, and visiting Dr. Schmidgall at Oak Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry, the best dentists in Arlington, TX, twice a year!

How much do dental veneers cost?
As with any procedure, the cost depends on the cosmetic dentist you use and the extent of the procedure. Be aware that they are usually not covered by insurance. The staff at Oak Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry would be glad to discuss the possible costs with you.

If you think that dental veneers might be right for you, give the staff at Oak Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry a call to make an appointment today!


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