Get a New Smile for the New Year With Simply, Pain-Free Veneers

As the new year rolls around, it often sparks an interest in self-improvement. If you’re looking for minimally invasive ways to improve your dental health and the appearance of your teeth, it’s time to learn about the many benefits of veneers.

At Lifetime Dental Care in Katy, Texas, W. Garry Waldrop, DDS, offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Waldrop focuses on the details to restore the beauty and brilliance of your smile. He specializes in several cosmetic techniques, including veneers, to make it that much easier to achieve your aesthetic goals in the new year.

How veneers work

Veneers are thin shells that cover the front surface of your teeth. These shells are generally made from a resin material or porcelain and are colored to match the rest of your natural teeth.

Veneers are a safe and effective way to address one or more flaws in your dental health that impact the appearance of your teeth. Dr. Waldrop may recommend veneers to treat teeth that are:

The placement of veneers on your front teeth can improve the symmetrical appearance of your smile instantly and provide you with long-lasting results.

Understanding the veneer process

Getting veneers typically requires two appointments with Dr. Waldrop. During the first visit, he works with you to design a custom veneer that looks like your other teeth. He takes molds of your mouth and sends them to a medical lab that will create your individual veneers.

At your second appointment, Dr. Waldrop prepares your teeth for veneer placement. This starts with a thorough cleaning of your teeth to remove bacteria and other debris to ensure the veneer stays in place. A professional cleaning also reduces your risk for tooth decay under your veneers.

In order to place the veneer flush against the front surface of your tooth, Dr. Waldrop might remove a bit of enamel. He then uses a medically safe dental cement to bond the veneer to your natural tooth. To help the bond harden quickly, our team applies a special ultraviolet light over your teeth.

Maintaining your veneers

You can improve your smile with minimal discomfort and in just two visits with our Lifetime Dental Care team. They also ensure you have what you need to care for your veneers properly.

Brushing and flossing

You’ll clean your veneers just like you do your natural teeth — by brushing and flossing after each meal. You also need to schedule routine dental checkups with Dr. Waldrop and professional cleanings with our Lifetime Dental Care team.

Veneer adjustments

If you feel any rough edges after receiving your veneers, we can help. Sometimes excess cement can adhere to your teeth and cause discomfort. If the cement doesn’t wear down as you chew food, Dr. Waldrop can smooth it away during a quick in-office visit.

Lifestyle changes

With proper care, you can expect your porcelain veneers to last up to 15 years and resin materials to last up to 10. Our team can make you aware of special precautions you should take to protect the longevity of your veneers, such as not biting hard foods with your front teeth and not biting your nails.

Protective guards

For those who grind their teeth or participate in high-impact activities, Dr. Waldrop can evaluate your dental health and fit you with a nightguard or sports guard that prevents unnecessary trauma to your veneers and teeth.

If you’re ready to restore your brilliant smile in the new year, schedule a consultation for veneers by calling our office or requesting an appointment online today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Tips for Avoiding Dry Sockets

Until you’re fully healed from a tooth extraction, you’re at risk for developing pain and other complications from a dry socket. Learn what causes dry sockets and how to avoid them.

Which Type of Crown Is Right for You?

Need treatment for a decayed or damaged tooth? A crown is a popular way to restore the appearance and stability of your tooth. Learn more about the different types of crowns available including same-day crowns that require only one office visit.

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Oral Health

You probably already know that sugary candy is bad for your teeth, but did you know that bread and alcohol can be just as damaging? Find out more about the best — and worst — foods for your oral health.

ClearCorrect Can Fix These 7 Problems

Want to correct an imperfect smile without bulky, metal braces? Learn how ClearCorrect® can fix a variety of common dental alignment issues with easy-to-use, customized aligners.