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Should I Get Veneers To Improve My Smile?

Dr. Mark Sowell walks through the advantages of this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment.
By D Partner Studio |
What are porcelain veneers?
Crafted from tooth-colored porcelain materials, veneers are thin, custom-made cosmetic enhancements designed to cover the front of the teeth. The layer of porcelain bonded to a tooth is as strong as a tooth is bonded to itself. Porcelain veneers are the longest-lasting restorations in the field of dentistry.

What is the purpose of porcelain veneers?
The size, shape, color, and length of the teeth can be enhanced with a thin layer of porcelain applied to your natural tooth. Porcelain veneers offer an aesthetic alternative to orthodontic care. Porcelain veneers result in a natural-looking appearance because they are so thin, and they are a great aesthetic and functional solution for people with gaps between the teeth, broken or chipped teeth, and unsightly stains and fillings.

Veneers don’t have the dark outline like some crowns have and can be indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Even better, many patients look at least 10 years younger with veneers.

What are some advantages of using porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers don’t stain and won’t permanently change the color of teeth, unlike the transitory effects of bleaching. Functionally, they can repair and strengthen damaged teeth. Esthetically, veneers don’t have the dark outline like porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and can be indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Plus, they can restore a youthful appearance to the smile, often making my patients look at least 10 years younger.

What are minimal-prep porcelain veneers?
No-prep or minimal-prep veneers allow patients to get veneers without painful shots or having their teeth reshaped. This method of applying veneers is an acceptable choice for patients who have small teeth, spaces between their teeth, or teeth that incline inward. They can provide an instant result of straight teeth with a minimal prep or no prep approach, sometimes without anesthesia.

Can I go to any dentist for porcelain veneers?
Veneers can be made from a variety of porcelains, and each type has a unique advantage. Therefore, it’s best to find an experienced dentist with expertise in all types of veneers. Because the design, creation, and application of porcelain veneers is a form of art, it’s best to find a dentist with an in-office porcelain lab who can customize your results on the spot. Be sure to verify your dentist has accreditation by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry—a benchmark for measuring the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.

Looking for a smile makeover? Not sure what type of veneers you should choose, or which of your natural teeth could use them? Call Dr. Sowell. His dental laboratory offers a number of treatment options to help you craft your new smile. Dr. Mark Sowell has provided state-of-the-art dental care for more than 25 years. Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentistry. Because of his relentless commitment to excellence in all aspects of dental care, Dr. Sowell is often asked to lecture to other dentists and attends hundreds of hours of rigorous, post-doctoral training each year. Dr. Sowell is a member of an elite group of dentists who have achieved both Master status with the Academy of General Dentistry and Accredited Membership with the prestigious, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Fewer than 40 dentists nationwide have earned both of these professional distinctions. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has been named a Best Dentist in Dallas in D Magazine numerous times as well as a Super Dentist in Texas Monthly. 


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