Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers
Your teeth sustain a significant amount of wear and tear on a daily basis, which can result in chips, cracks, and stains. To address a wide range of cosmetic imperfections, our team provides porcelain veneers to our Lake Charles, LA, patients. These thin shells cover the front surface of teeth, concealing flaws beneath. At our practice, Drs. Edward J. Hebert and Scott M. Hannaman can expertly craft your veneers to complement your natural features and facial contours. These restorations can help you achieve a more uniform and balanced smile.
Am I a Candidate?
Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile may benefit from a veneers procedure. This treatment may be right for you if you have:
- Deep staining or dental discoloration that does not respond to teeth whitening
- Misaligned teeth
- Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowded or overlapping teeth
Patients with dental conditions such as gum disease or an infection will first need to undergo restorative treatment before they are eligible for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers fit over the tooth surface to mask minor cosmetic blemishes such as chips, cracks, or discoloration
The Treatment Process
If you are interested in transforming your smile, the first step is a consultation with one of our dentists. During this visit, we can evaluate your oral health, assess the structure of your smile, and review your cosmetic goals and expectations. Together we can develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
During your first treatment appointment, we can prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the surface. This process allows us to create sufficient space for the veneers, so they fit comfortably in your smile. We can then take impressions of your teeth and note the shade and measurements of your veneers. Next, we can send this information to our trusted dental laboratory, where technicians will custom-craft your veneers. While you wait approximately two weeks for your permanent veneers, we may provide you with temporary veneers to ensure your comfort.
When your veneers are ready, you can return to our office for placement. This visit takes about one hour, and involves thoroughly cleaning and lightly buffing your teeth to optimize the bonding process. We can double check the shade, shape, and fit of your veneers to ensure they blend with adjacent teeth. If no modifications are needed, we can bond the veneer to the tooth surface, revealing a vibrantly, enhanced smile.
Maintaining Your Veneers
Despite the strength of medical-grade porcelain, excessive pressure on teeth can crack or weaken veneers. As such, we encourage patients to avoid chewing extremely hard items like ice, and refrain from biting fingernails. Patients suffering from bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, may need a night guard to avoid damaging their veneers.
Brushing and flossing every day and scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams can help to prevent cavities from forming beneath your veneer.
Maintaining proper dental hygiene is critical to the longevity of your veneers. Brushing and flossing every day and scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams can help to prevent cavities from forming beneath your veneers.
Learn More Today
If you have questions about the porcelain veneers procedure or are interested in learning if you are a suitable candidate, reach out to us today. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to our patients. You can contact us online or call us at (337) 474-4892.