porcelain veneers from our San Antonio office can make a huge difference in your confidenceIf you are unhappy with the color, shape, size, or length of your natural teeth, you may be a candidate for San Antonio porcelain veneers by Dr. John Moore, DDS and Cosmetic Dental Associates. With the wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures available, no one should be unsatisfied with the appearance of their smile. Teeth that are stained, chipped, or appear imperfect can be cosmetically repaired non-invasively by cosmetic dentists using San Antonio porcelain veneers.

What are porcelain dental veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are custom-designed shells made out of a tooth-like porcelain material. Almost like a mask, they are placed over the surface of your teeth to make them look better. The technique used varies from a light sanding to a more aggressive trimming of the teeth, depending on the problem. Our San Antonio porcelain veneers are made of actual porcelain providing a natural appearance and luminescence while maintaining the function of your existing teeth. They come in various sizes and shapes to solve a number of problems.

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.57.07 PMWhat do porcelain dental veneers correct?

San Antonio porcelain veneers (dental veneers) are typically used to correct cosmetic problems, such as chips, cracks, and discoloration or staining. Due its popularity and growth over the years, the use of San Antonio porcelain veneers have expanded to include the correction of abnormal spacing, uneven teeth, and worn enamel. In some cases they have even been used as an alternative to orthodontic braces!

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You might be asking yourself: “What are porcelain dental veneers” and “Why choose porcelain veneers?” We’ve included a helpful Porcelain Veneers F.A.Q section, so you can view some of the most common questions our patients have asked us regarding our San Antonio dental veneers or porcelain veneers procedures.






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What are dental veneers made of?

Dental veneers can be made from a number of materials including porcelain, glass, or plastics like acrylic and bonding composites. These materials are translucent, in other words, they let light through it. Porcelain produces the most natural, translucent dental veneer. They are available worldwide, however the finest and strongest porcelains originate from Germany and look strikingly beautiful to the discerning eye. Their clarity and pureness of color is world renowned and highly respected in the dental industry. Although porcelain is the preferred material, a few labs and dentists use colored glass, colored plastics and even quartz filled plastics called composites in an attempt to imitate real porcelain.

What is the best color for porcelain dental veneers?

The best color for porcelain dental veneers is based on personal preference and individual needs. The decision should be carefully made after a thorough discussion with your dentist. It is critical to view your porcelain veneers in place with a test color paste. This will provide you with the opportunity to see if your chosen color actually blends with your natural teeth. Because porcelain dental veneers, especially thin ones, pick up the color of the underlying teeth, it should be checked before permanent placement. In a professional cosmetic dental office like CDA, you will have the opportunity to view and approve your new porcelain dental veneers before they are permanently attached.

What is the most popular color for porcelain dental veneers?

There is a wide selection of available colors. The more popular are the whiter shades to make the natural teeth pop. Dazzling white teeth can be a reality with skillful dentists and technicians. It is even more important for very white shades to look real because of the attention they will draw. Less skillful dentists will suggest the yellower shades to avoid critical comment.

How do you veneer teeth with porcelain?

After your initial decision on the number and type of porcelain dental veneers, the teeth are lightly sanded to remove the shiny glazed surface, stains, and any high spots that will make the final porcelain veneers appear too thick. Unless special arrangements were made for a fast turnaround, it takes one to two weeks to see the finished veneers. Always check the shade, shape, and finish before they are permanently placed. This is your opportunity to make any fine tune adjustments. Once approved, the teeth are chemically prepared and the porcelain veneers are fused to the teeth with fiber optic lights. The dentist will finish the edges, adjust the bite, and do the final cosmetic shaping to make them look absolutely natural. This final step is the most important.

What is the black or dark line around a porcelain dental veneer?

When the porcelain dental veneer does not fit against the gum line, a dark stain can fill the crack creating the formation of a dark line around the veneer. Frequently this occurs when less experienced dentists or technicians crown the front teeth with visible metal edges against the gum line. Advanced procedures are now available to prevent this dark line from forming.

What is the difference between Lumineers® and porcelain dental veneers?

Just as there are many different brands for the same product, Lumineers® is one brand name of porcelain dental veneers. Their brand recognition is a result of an extensive marketing program to promote thin veneers despite the fact that “thin” veneers had been in existence for nearly 20 years prior to Lumineers®. Stronger and thinner veneers are now available through specialized dental offices and laboratories. More important than the brand, is the artistic skill of the cosmetic dentist and technician. The thinner the porcelain dental veneer, the more challenging it is to fabricate and place.

What different brands or types of porcelain dental veneers are there?

There are a variety of brands and types of porcelain. There are differences in strength, ease of sculpture, translucency, and availability of color. The best choice of porcelain is made by someone highly skilled and experienced with veneers and their fabrication. Unfortunately, too often the lab chooses the type or brand of porcelain by price (the cheaper the better) or the selection is made by an inexperienced technician. Interestingly, the strongest and most beautiful porcelains are the most technically challenging porcelains to build and shape. They are also your rarest porcelain dental veneers used exclusively here at CDA.

Why have I seen people with thick bulky looking porcelain dental veneers?

It takes a highly skilled individual to make and place porcelain dental veneers. It is an art form. The result can be a beautiful smile or one made up of teeth that are too big, bulky and fake. The thicker looking porcelain dental veneers were usually made either on teeth improperly prepared by the dentist, or by technicians unable to handle and shape small delicate objects. If the dentist doesn’t trim the teeth enough in certain areas then the technician is forced to bulk the porcelain out over protruding teeth. It takes teamwork — both the dentist and the technician play a crucial role in the creation of natural, properly sized porcelain dental veneers.

How long do San Antonio porcelain dental veneers last?

Porcelain dental veneers can last a lifetime. Thousands of our veneers are still in place after more than 20 years, and they still look great. Although the porcelain dental veneer itself can last a lifetime, like anything that is crystalline, there is an inherent risk of fracture. Those with receding gums may choose a replacement for cosmetic reasons. Regardless, as long as they look good and fit well, replacement is unnecessary.

Additional questions?

See our helpful Porcelain Dental Veneers F.A.Q. section: “What are porcelain dental veneers?”

One of the simplest ways of learning more about porcelain dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures is to consult with our cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Moore, DDS. As an experienced, highly trained cosmetic dental professional, he can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry procedure is the right option for you. Please call or contact our cosmetic dentist office today to schedule an initial consultation.

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