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UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770
MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832

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Find Out What Dental Veneers is All About

Laughing and smiling is something you should do all the time. Smiling is good for your health, and says a lot about your personality! If you feel uncomfortable smiling or you are smiling with your lips closed, may be is high time you look into it.

Find out what dental veneers are all about

Laughing and smiling is something you should do all the time. Smiling is good for your health, and says a lot about your personality! If you feel uncomfortable smiling or you are smiling with your lips closed, may be is high time you look into it. There is a great option to restore your beautiful smile that doesn’t involve dental surgery.

What are dental veneers? These are custom made porcelain, composite resin or ceramic “faces” that are attached to the teeth to restore shape, size or color. In other words, these are custom designed shells for covering teeth surfaces n case of any teeth imperfections. Veneers are used to cover imperfections on teeth that could be crooked or discolored or misshapen.

Veneers are primarily made from porcelain but they can also be made chairside from composite resin. Composite resin veneers are used to fix minor issues small chipping and teeth shape discrepancies. While most dental restoration methods require reshaping or drilling of the affected teeth, composite resin veneers require very little if any enamel removed.  Composite resin is a quick but effective treatment that is usually bonded on the outer surface of the tooth. The dentist will mold the composite into the desired contour and therefore requiring high levels of expertise and technical skills.

Porcelain veneers are custom made porcelain used to restore teeth appearance and improve esthetics. Porcelain veneers are great options for those who have discolored, crooked or chipped teeth. Visiting your dentist for a consult is the first thing you need to do to determine whether porcelain veneers are the right option for you. The great thing about porcelain veneers is that they are able to create a beautiful natural look that is very subtle and esthetic at the same time. Because porcelain is made of glass, they are resistant to stains and chipping and are more durable overall.

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Why do you need veneers treatment?

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for veneers? If you are unhappy with your smile because you feel as if your teeth are discolored, crowded or not the ideal shape, then you may benefit from a consultation for veneers. Several treatment options are available to improve esthetics such as porcelain veneers, composite veneers (bonding), and Invisalign.

There are several instances where veneers would be an ideal treatment option. Veneers are great for people who have crooked or misshapen teeth, discolored teeth, gaps in between the teeth, or for those who want to improve overall esthetics and appearance.

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Who is more susceptible to needing dental veneers?

Discolored, crooked and misaligned teeth can be a reason why some people avoid smiling. Porcelain veneers is just one of several ways to restore your smile. However, it is important to note that this treatment is irreversible, meaning that once part of the enamel is shaved off, it cannot be regrown or reversed back. Thus, it is important to get all the necessary information before deciding which treatment option is best for you.

There are some cases in which dental veneers is the best treatment option. For instance, if you have minor craze lines or rugged incisal edges then veneers are a great option for you. However, more complex treatments may be necessary if the fractures are larger such as placing crowns on the entire tooth to protect it from further fracture. The same applies on crooked teeth. Veneers do a great job addressing and improving teeth that have minor crowding. For teeth that have moderate to severe crowding, it’s best to properly align the teeth first with orthodontics or Invisalign.

How do you treat a patient using dental veneers?

Unlike composite resin veneers, porcelain takes longer to fabricate because they need to be fabricated by the lab. First, the teeth need to be prepared by shaving off the top part of the enamel. After all, the dentist takes an impression of the prepared teeth and sends it off to the dental laboratory for the lab to be designed and contoured to the desired shape and color. It may take several days for the porcelain designs to be ready so the patient will have to book a return appointment to cement the veneers.

Although porcelain veneers may take two appointments and cost more money, they are the most resilient and esthetic. Composite resins take only one appointment to mold and is done chairside and can still improve esthetic concerns significantly. However, they could stain over time and are not as durable as porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are the gold standard to achieving the best, most esthetic and natural look.

  • Consultation

The first step to any dental treatment is consultation. The dentist will have to examine your dental status and determine whether veneers are the right treatment for you. This means looking into any outstanding dental problems and ensure that there are no cases of tooth decay, gum disease or active inflammation.

  • Trimming the tooth

The next step will be trimming the teeth. Porcelain veneers may require the dentist to remove parts of the enamel to make room for the porcelain shell. Once the trimming is completed, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth prepared. Temporary veneers will be made chairside as an interim while the veneers are being fabricated by the lab. Composite resins, on the other hand, may require less trimming of the enamel if any. No impressions or second visits are necessary.

  • Placing the Veneers

After the dental lab has fabricated porcelain veneers to its ideal, final shape and contour, the temporary veneers are removed and the porcelain is cemented onto the prepped teeth.

What are the symptoms of someone who needs dental veneers?

Have you thought of maybe doing a conservative dental treatment to improve your smile? Being unhappy with your smile or wanting a quick fix is one of the symptoms of someone who needs dental veneers. Others include;

  • Teeth discolored by overuse of fluoride and medications or after resin fillings and root canals treatment.
  • Worn out teeth
  • Fractured teeth (cracked or chipped)
  • Crooked teeth (irregular, uneven, or misaligned)
  • Teeth gaps
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
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Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.