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Do veneers stain the same as natural teeth?

veneers Cypress TXVeneers are generally made from porcelain, which is naturally stain resistant. Your cosmetic dentist will outline a program designed especially for you that will provide you with a complete and thorough treatment plan if you desire porcelain veneers.

Veneers are suitable to treat a multitude of dental imperfections … severe dental stain or discoloration; uneven or chipped teeth; worn down enamel; unwanted gaps between teeth … you can enjoy a more symmetrical smile in a matter of weeks with veneers.

Veneers are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that are made to be affixed to the front of teeth. You can place veneers on one, two, or multiple teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will help determine what is needed to correct your dentition.

Since veneers are stain resistant, if the patient is planning to undergo teeth whitening, this is the first step needed. Porcelain does not respond to whitening products … whitening first allows your cosmetic dentist to match your veneers to your newly lightened shade. Going forward you will want to keep your natural, untreated teeth lightened to match your veneers.

Veneers are minimally invasive, however, a small amount of enamel will be removed from each tooth to be treated. This allows the veneer to be cemented to the tooth and still allow your teeth to appear even.

Before permanently cementing your veneers in place, your dentist will try them on to make sure they fit correctly and look natural. They must provide full function, so a proper fit is important.

When fit and function are correct, your cosmetic dentist will apply an etching material to teeth to allow the veneer to securely bond to the tooth. A laser is used to cure the veneer in place.

Veneers are strong, but the patient still needs to be careful not to bite into hard objects with treated teeth. And even though porcelain is stain resistant, your dentist may advise you to limit consumption of things known to stain … coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and certain foods – use a straw for cold drinks to allow much of the beverage to bypass teeth.

Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as your biological teeth. Brush a minimum of twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste; floss daily; and visit our office every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam.

Avoid Metal Wires and Brackets with Invisalign Orthodontics

orthodontics Cypress TXHaving straight teeth is more than just great aesthetics. But teens and adults may avoid orthodontics when faced with the prospect of wearing metal braces. A consultation with your Invisalign dentist will show you how you can straighten your teeth without metal wires and brackets, and realize many advantages over other teeth straightening methods.

Invisalign aligners are:

Clear – The aligners are transparent so you can undergo teeth straightening without dealing with the stigma of metal braces.

Comfortable – With no metal wires and brackets to abrade soft oral tissues, Invisalign aligners are strong enough to gently shift your teeth, but are comfortable to wear.

Convenient – Invisalign works by updating your aligner every two weeks with the next in the series. No trips to see the dentist for wire tightening adjustments to keep teeth straightening on track.

Removable – You can continue to enjoy all the foods you love. You will remove aligners for snacks and meals, and replace when finished. In addition, you can brush and floss daily without any obstructions allowing you to keep your teeth as healthy as possible throughout orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign aligners are designed to correct your malocclusion by replacing your aligners on a regular rotation. Each aligner has been made to continually shift your teeth. The Invisalign laboratory utilizes 3-D digital technology and the tools your dentist provides to fabricate an entire series of aligners that will result in straightening your teeth and correcting an overbite, underbite, or crossbite.

You must wear your aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to accomplish the teeth straightening goals you wish to achieve. At the conclusion of the teeth straightening portion of treatment, you will be given a retainer to wear.

Wearing your retainer is an important component in that it will allow your teeth to develop a memory of their new location. Failure to wear your retainer as prescribed could result in your teeth shifting back to their original position.

While undergoing teeth straightening, you need to continue to visit your dentist every six months for a dental exam and cleaning. Thanks to removable Invisalign aligners, your dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth throughout orthodontic treatment. So whether you need to wear your aligners for months or years, the final result will be a smile makeover to enjoy for life.

To schedule your Invisalign consultation, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today.