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Veneers – Tyler, TX

Address Multiple Cosmetic Flaws in One Treatment

young couple smiling on beach with veneers in TylerSometimes, our patients can find themselves facing smiles with several cosmetic flaws at once. Thankfully, instead of having to undergo multiple procedures, veneers in Tyler can give your appearance the comprehensive transformation it deserves. A veneer is a high-quality, custom-made porcelain restoration that is extremely thin. This allows it to fit over just the visible surfaces of certain teeth, hiding years of aesthetic imperfections from view behind a new, flaw-free appearance. We look forward to helping you improve your self-confidence here at Franklin Dental Center!

Am I a Candidate for Veneers?

dentist placing veneers in woman’s smile Veneers are designed to address multiple cosmetic flaws in one treatment. Some of the imperfections they can correct are:

  • Cracked or chipped enamel
  • Deeply set stains
  • Short or stubby teeth
  • Slightly rotated teeth
  • Minor gaps between teeth

Before we can place veneers, though, we’ll need to make sure your gums and teeth are in good condition. If we detect signs of cavities or gum disease, those problems will have to be treated first. Furthermore, your affected teeth will need plenty of enamel. Otherwise, they essentially won’t have anything to adhere to. Enamel can be worn down over the years by habits like excessive sugar consumption, poor oral hygiene, teeth grinding, and even aging.

If your teeth and gums are infection-free and you have sufficient enamel, we can get to work placing your veneers.

How the Veneers Process Works

diagram of veneer being placed over front bottom tooth The creation of a new veneer typically requires two to three visits to our dental practice. During your first appointment, Dr. Franklin-Pitts, your cosmetic dentist in Tyler, will discuss the personal goals and desires you have in mind for your new-and-improved smile. Once we have a solid plan, it’ll be time to precisely remove a small amount of natural structure from the affected teeth so that they will be able to accommodate the new veneers’ placement. Finally, impressions are taken and sent to a trusted dental laboratory for creation. In the meantime, we will provide you with temporary veneers so that you don’t experience any disruption in your day-to-day life.

Patients can expect their new, permanent veneers to arrive at the practice within 10-14 days.  After we’ve ensured that the finished products are correct and suited to your smile, we will cement them in place. Once everything is said and done, your veneers should feel, look, and function just like natural teeth!

Benefits of Veneers

man with green shirt and hair in bun smiling in front of blue wall Compared to other treatments like dental crowns, veneers are a much more conservative treatment since less enamel has to be shaved away. Because enamel does not grow back once it has been removed, you’re going to want to keep yours for as long as you can.

Veneers are significantly less porous than tooth enamel. This means that staining particles from foods and beverages like coffee, tea, wine, or berries are far less likely to seep into your veneers. You should be able to enjoy these items to your heart’s content without worrying about discoloring your veneers.

Maintaining your veneers is surprisingly easy. In fact, it’s not much different from caring for your natural pearly whites. With daily brushing and flossing and biannual dental checkups, your veneers can last for years to come!

As one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments currently available, it’s no wonder veneers are so popular. To schedule your consultation and learn whether veneers are just the treatment your smile needs, contact us today!

Veneers FAQs

young woman getting veneers in Tyler

Are you ready to say goodbye to all of the stains, chips, and gaps in your smile at the same time? Then our team at Franklin Dental Center cannot recommend veneers in Tyler enough! Before you commit to this treatment, we’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions at your initial consultation. However, we understand if you would rather do some research online first. We’ve made that process easier for you by including the answers to a handful of frequently asked veneers questions below.

How many veneers will I need?

The purpose of veneers is to ensure that all of your visible teeth have an even, flawless appearance. Dr. Franklin-Pitts will look over your smile and determine the appropriate number of veneers that is required to help you achieve that goal. Most patients receive an even number of veneers, such as six or eight, to create a gorgeous, symmetrical grin. However, it’s also feasible to only get one veneer if you have a single troublesome tooth that needs to be improved.

Is there anything I can’t eat with veneers?

While you’re wearing the temporary veneers in the few weeks before your permanent ones are ready, there are a few foods you should avoid if possible. Hard foods like raw vegetables could break your temporaries, and sticky foods could pull them off of your teeth. Temporary veneers also stain more easily, so be careful around darkly pigmented foods and beverages.

Once your final veneers are in place, you should be able to eat and drink virtually anything you want to. That being said, you should still limit extremely crunchy foods that could damage your veneers or the teeth supporting them. Also, drink alcohol sparingly, as it can weaken the cement that bonds your veneers to your teeth.

How long do veneers last?

The average lifespan of veneers is between 10 and 15 years, but if you take good care of them, they could last for 20 years or even longer. Veneer failure is most often due to chips and cracks that develop as a result of not protecting the underlying teeth.

Luckily, maintaining your veneers is easy if you brush and floss every day, visit your cosmetic dentist in Tyler regularly for checkups and cleanings, and avoid biting down on hard objects.

Is it painful to get veneers?

Before the placement of your veneers, Dr. Franklin-Pitts will usually numb your mouth, so the procedure itself shouldn’t hurt. However, you might experience some mild sensitivity and soreness for a few days afterward. This is especially common if you received multiple veneers at the same time. Any discomfort you feel after getting veneers should be temporary. Taking over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen as needed should be more than enough to manage it.