Most of us would like to enhance some aspect of our smile. Perhaps you’d like to whiten your enamel, lengthen your teeth, or straighten your grin. At our Houston practice, cosmetic dentist Dr. Craig Armstrong can simultaneously improve numerous aspects of your smile with porcelain veneers, an advanced multipurpose treatment. This procedure involves covering the front and sometimes sides of your teeth with thin, custom made porcelain shells. You may have heard of porcelain veneers, but might not be sure how they actually work or if they’re right for your needs. In the following blog, we explain everything you need to know about veneers so you can make an informed decision about your approach to cosmetic dentistry.
Porcelain veneers are often referred to as one of the dental tricks of the stars. Many celebrities use this cosmetic treatment to correct imperfections in their teeth and achieve beautiful, camera-ready smiles. It makes sense that porcelain veneers are particularly popular among the Hollywood elite because they were invented for this group. Back in 1928, California dentist Charles Pincus created the first set of veneers to beautify child star Shirley Temple’s grin for a movie shoot.
Porcelain veneers can address a variety of aesthetic issues. This treatment can enhance teeth that are:
Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years or longer with proper care. If you undergo this procedure at our Houston office, cosmetic dentist Dr. Armstrong will help you maintain your restorations at follow-up appointments and regular biannual exams.
Some patients are concerned that their smile will have different shades if they place veneers on some teeth and not others. However, Dr. Armstrong can work with you to whiten your surrounding teeth so your veneers blend beautifully into your grin.
Most patients are eligible for porcelain veneers, but you must meet certain basic criteria to qualify. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you:
Each provider has different requirements for coverage. In general, however, insurance companies will only assist with the cost of porcelain veneers if you are able to prove that they are a medical necessity rather than an elective cosmetic procedure. Your provider may cover porcelain veneers if you would like to place them over teeth that have undergone fillings, root canal therapy, or other restorative procedures.
Porcelain veneers are a versatile, effective cosmetic treatment that can help you enjoy a dazzling smile and boost your confidence. To learn more about them or schedule a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Armstrong, contact our Houston practice today.