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Foods You Should Avoid After Getting Veneers

Dental veneers can be used to transform your smile. If your teeth are discolored, stained, uneven or unsightly, veneers are a quick and incredibly noninvasive treatment option that covers these flaws and provides you with a full, white smile. In general, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and beverages when wearing veneers. Veneers are typically quite strong and resilient, so they can withstand a lot of force and pressure throughout the day. Most patients find that their veneers last for a decade or longer before they need to be replaced. However, there are certain foods and drinks you should avoid to improve the chances of the veneers lasting longer.

Hard Foods

Despite veneers being resilient, strong and long-lasting, hard foods that could twist or pull the veneers should be avoided. Eating meats that require you to twist your mouth and pull on the front teeth may loosen a veneer or cause it to fall off altogether. It’s best to be careful when biting into hard foods and to chew with the back teeth.

Alcohol

Alcohol isn’t necessarily detrimental to your veneers so much as it’s a problem for the adhesive that’s used. Alcohol can loosen and wear down the adhesive that is used to keep the veneers on your front teeth. This means cooling it down with the amount of alcohol you might drink as well as switching to an alcohol-free mouthwash. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite spirited beverages from time to time, but just be aware that it could affect the bonding agent used to keep those veneers in place.

Dark Foods and Liquids

Your veneers are incredibly stain-resistant, which means that even the darkest of coffees and teas shouldn’t change the color even years after having the veneers placed. However, these dark liquids and foods will stain your natural teeth and cause your veneers to look more obvious than they otherwise should. By avoiding staining foods and beverages, you can keep your natural teeth whiter so that they blend in better with your veneers.

Maintaining Your Veneers

Maintaining your veneers is easy because they virtually take care of themselves. As long as you brush them and floss between them each day as well as keep up with routine dental checkups, your veneers will last for many years. Treat your veneers as you would your natural teeth and they’ll provide you with a beautiful and white smile you’ll feel proud to show off.

Are porcelain veneers permanent?

veneers CypressVeneers are a cosmetic treatment option available to enhance one or multiple teeth. Most porcelain veneer treatment is permanent; this is because your cosmetic dentist will remove a thin amount of enamel from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Once removed, enamel does not grow back so treated teeth will require protection forever.

What can veneers do?

In a matter of a couple of weeks, veneers can be applied to correct teeth suffering from deep dental stain; chipped enamel; uneven dentition; unwanted gaps between teeth; and misshapen teeth.

If teeth whitening is part of your smile makeover, this step should be completed first so your dental provider can match your veneers to your newly lightened teeth.

A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will identify the teeth that can benefit from veneers. At your first treatment visit, a thin amount of enamel will be removed from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Dental impressions will be taken for the dental lab; temporaries will be placed to protect teeth; and in about two weeks your smile makeover can be completed.

The dental lab will work with your dental provider to fabricate the veneers … they will be made to match neighboring untreated teeth to form a symmetrical and seamless finish. Porcelain is the ideal material for veneers as it is stain resistant.

Veneers are very thin shells that are lightweight and reflect light so they appear natural . They will be tried on for fit and appearance; when ready, they will be permanently cemented to teeth.

Do’s and Don’ts with Veneer Treated Teeth

Once veneers are in place, you will need to be careful not to bite into hard or chewy foods. If a veneer should break or become dislodged, it will likely require replacing as veneers are not repairable.

If you bite your fingernails or use your teeth to open packages, you will need to forego these habits. Even though teeth are strengthened with veneers, they are not able to withstand the pressure of these bad habits.

Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as all your teeth. You will brush and floss daily and visit our dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, every six months for cleaning and dental exam.

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.

Why is porcelain an ideal material to use for veneers?

veneers Cypress TXVeneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are permanently cemented to the front of teeth that suffer from some type of cosmetic malady. The majority of veneers are made from porcelain providing many advantages such as:

Stain resistance – Unlike dental enamel, porcelain resists stains resulting from the consumption of coffee, tea, cola, red wine, brightly colored foods like tomato based sauces, or foods that contain colorful dyes.

On the flip side, porcelain is unaffected by teeth whitening products so if you anticipate getting dental veneers, whiten first. Your cosmetic dentist can then match your veneers to your newly whitened teeth.

Natural in appearance – Porcelain utilizes the light reflective properties of teeth making veneers appear more like your biological teeth than some other cosmetic enhancements. In addition, porcelain can easily be matched in color, size, and shape to neighboring untreated teeth to allow for a virtually undetectable improvement.

Using porcelain means less dental enamel needs to be removed from teeth being treated.

Gum tissue is more likely to accept porcelain making rejection or intolerance less of a problem than some other materials.

Placing porcelain veneers is minimally invasive, but can correct many different dental cosmetic concerns:

Intrinsic dental stain – When other efforts to eliminate dental stain are ineffective, veneers are the conservative option to enhance your appearance.

Chipped, broken, misshapen, or uneven teeth – Porcelain veneers can cover many cosmetic dental flaws that could otherwise require years of alternative treatment. Major changes can occur in a few dental visits over a couple of weeks.

Unwanted gaps between teeth – Those spaces appear to close when veneers are applied.

Porcelain veneers provide added strength to treated teeth, they are durable, and require no special treatment to keep them looking great.

Just as it is inadvisable to use your teeth to open packages or to chew or bite your finger nails, your cosmetic dentist will strongly recommend you do not use your veneer treated teeth for these purposes as well. If a veneer should break or become dislodged, it generally requires replacement. Porcelain veneers are strong, but not invincible.

With porcelain veneers you will brush and floss daily, with the same care you have always extended to your natural teeth. Visits to the dentist every six months should help you to keep your cosmetic enhancement looking great for many years.

Contact our office today to discuss your cosmetic options!

Spaces Between My Front Teeth: What are my options?

veneers Cypress TXA narrow space between front teeth is generally not a critical issue. There are different approaches that can be taken to either eliminate the opening or make it appear closed. Your cosmetic dentist has a solution that will coordinate with your needs.

The width of the gap and the reason it occurred will likely be discussed. If the space is due to smaller teeth not consuming all the available jaw space, there may be gaps between several teeth. In this instance, orthodontic care may be indicated.

The age of the patient is also a consideration. If the patient is a child, it is best to wait to see if ordinary growth provides a solution. A teenager or adult has likely reached bone maturity and spaces will probably not close.

For a permanent solution, orthodontics may be the best option. Braces shift teeth, but it is important to know that all teeth require treatment, not just the two involving the space. If you should opt for orthodontic treatment, as an adult, Invisalign clear aligners are an option that provides a nearly invisible means of closing the gap between your front teeth.

If there is just one space between front teeth (this is called a diastema), and you do not want to invest in the commitment of time and money for orthodontic care, you might want to consider porcelain veneers.

With porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from your front teeth. A dental impression will provide a model for the dental lab to fabricate the veneers, which are very thin tooth colored shells that will ultimately be affixed to the front of teeth to be treated.

The veneers are made to match surrounding biological teeth in size, shade, and contour. They will be tried on to guarantee they are a perfect match and provide an impeccable fit. If needed, minor corrections can be made before cementing them in place. Veneers can seemingly close that gap in a matter of weeks. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure with very positive results.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today!    

Are porcelain veneers stain-resistant?

veneers CypressPatients who want to use porcelain veneers to upgrade their smiles want to get long-term results. Therefore, they’re often concerned about whether the devices are stain-resistant, especially if they were placed in order to conceal stains.

The good news is that these veneers aren’t affected by staining substances in the same way that natural tooth enamel is. Unlike enamel, the porcelain is not porous so particles that could discolor the tooth cannot penetrate it.

Patients have significant input into the appearance of veneers, as well. The dentist custom-designs each tooth-shaped shell to blend in with the rest of the patient’s smile, and the patient can request a specific hue for the veneer.

While their stain-resistant quality is beneficial to patients, the fact that veneers cannot be easily penetrated also makes them resistant to typical teeth whitening techniques. The shade of the veneer cannot be altered after the dentist has bonded it to the tooth. Therefore, if you want to whiten your teeth, you should do so before the veneers are placed so that all of the teeth will match in color.

It’s also important that you are satisfied with the shade of a veneer before it is placed, as it cannot be changed afterward.

Patients get veneers in a two-step process. At the initial consultation, the patient is evaluated and the data needed to inform the design of the devices is collected. The patient will be examined and impressions may be taken at that first appointment. If necessary, the teeth will be prepped as well. That is, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth to accommodate the veneer. After the veneers have been created, the patient returns to the office to have them bonded to the teeth.

If you choose porcelain veneers to enhance your smile’s appearance, rest assured that they are unlikely to stain or become dingy over time. Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today to learn more about this treatment and how it may benefit you.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

veneers CypressPorcelain veneers are a permanent way to achieve a perfect looking smile. As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today, some of the world’s most notable people wear veneers. Celebrities like Tom Cruise and Miley Cyrus have benefitted from these cosmetic smile enhancements. Porcelain veneers are permanently cemented to teeth so that our patients can eat foods with confidence and enjoy their new smiles for years to come. Veneers are long lasting and durable. While the rich and famous enjoy star quality smiles, veneers are available to people in our community, too. In fact, our cosmetic dentist offers handcrafted veneers and has experience improving the aesthetics of a smile with various techniques.

What are porcelain veneers and how do they work?

Veneers are razor thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain. Handcrafted by dental technicians, veneers are used to conceal imperfect teeth. Each veneer is made to cover a specific tooth and when permanently cemented over flawed teeth, they produce a uniform and natural looking smile. With veneers, a patient can achieve a total smile makeover. Porcelain is a great material to use because it looks very much like natural teeth in its color and light-reflecting qualities.

Who benefits from veneers?

Anyone with dental imperfections can benefit from veneers. Most of the time, patients receiving veneers have multiple types of flaws such as stained, misshapen, and misaligned teeth. Some folks refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” because after these cosmetic enhancements are bonded to teeth, patients’ smiles appear perfectly straight and proportionate.

How do I care for porcelain veneers?

Caring for veneers is easy. They are brushed and flossed like biological teeth. Although veneers are very resistant to staining, we recommend drinking dark beverages like wine or coffee through a straw to prevent any discoloration.

What should I do if I am interested in cosmetic dentistry?

If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our cosmetic dentist. At your appointment, our team can help you decide which type of procedure is best for your needs and budget.

Call us today at the office of Dr. Lori Logan to reserve time with our dentist.

Porcelain Veneers: Handcrafted Beauty for Stunning Smiles

veneers CypressOne of the most effective types of cosmetic dentistry treatment is a porcelain veneer. Veneers can give you a perfectly proportioned, natural-looking smile with the luster and coloration of real enamel. This treatment is also highly versatile, and is appropriate for a wide variety of cosmetic issues.

Choosing Porcelain Veneers

If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, your cosmetic dentist can determine whether veneers are an appropriate treatment. There are several advantages to this type of treatment. It is relatively non-invasive, as very little re-shaping must be done to the tooth to make room for the veneer. The veneer itself is very thin, and is custom made to fit your tooth exactly, as well as to achieve any cosmetic changes you wish to make in the tooth, such as making the tooth look symmetrical, larger, or more regularly shaped. The porcelain itself is color-matched to your tooth enamel so it will be virtually indistinguishable from untreated teeth next to it. The porcelain is partially translucent just like natural enamel, which also gives it a more natural appearance, unlike many types of crowns that give the tooth an opaque, “plastic” appearance.

Some issues commonly treated with veneers include:

  • Severe discoloration
  • Surface damage like pitting or cracks
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Minor misalignment
  • Slight gaps

Some of these issues require different treatment, such as more serious misalignment or gaps, so be sure to consult with your cosmetic dentist to determine the best treatment for your specific issues.

Treatment with Porcelain Veneers

Placing a veneer is generally accomplished in two dental visits. First, your teeth are prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the veneer. Then a mold is made of your teeth, from which the permanent veneer will be manufactured. A temporary veneer helps protect your tooth while the permanent one is made at an off-site lab. When it is finish, it’s affixed to the tooth surface with a permanent adhesive.

To find out how you can benefit from veneers, contact our skilled dental team at 281-256-6866 today.

Dental Veneers: A Versatile Cosmetic Treatment Option

veneers CypressImproving smiles for greater satisfaction and confidence is easier than many patients believe possible. With modern cosmetic techniques, such as dental veneers, the teeth and smile can improve almost instantly with natural-looking results that last. The custom-made enhancements are perfectly sized and shaped to fit individual patients’ teeth, usually covering and enhancing only the front teeth that are visible in a large or exaggerated smile. Individual teeth can also be enhanced, improving the look of a single chipped, broken, or uneven tooth for a better smile.

After consulting with our cosmetic dentist, the patient is typically offered a range of treatment options. This allows for the opportunity to select the treatment that best suits a patient’s needs and budget, without compromising results. When veneers are selected, impressions of the patient’s teeth are taken to develop molds for making the custom enhancements. Usually made of porcelain and glazed for a durable, natural tooth-like appearance, a single enhancement piece is made for each tooth and designed to fit just over the occlusal (biting) edge of the tooth, and concealing the front surface up to the gumline.

A tooth with a chipped, broken, or missing piece can be “filled” with a custom-made enhancement in this same manner. When the impressions are taken, the missing or damaged part of the tooth is noted and porcelain is used to fill in the empty space, making the finished, enhanced tooth appear whole again. The same process can be used to close minor gaps between front teeth. For example, simply extending the sides of enhancements intended for neighboring teeth. Once applied, the enhancements conceal a wide variety of cosmetic defects, damages, and imperfections or impurities, including some discoloration or staining.

The use of porcelain veneers is considered non-reversible, because the teeth are prepared for the attached enhancements with modest filing or sanding. This filing is considerably less than that associated with some other cosmetic treatment options, making it preferable for many patients that qualify as good candidates. To learn more about smile-enhancing treatment options for specific needs and budgets, contact our experienced cosmetic dentistry team at 281-256-6866 today!

Porcelain Veneers Create Stunning Smiles

You look at yourself in the mirror and smile, but every time you smile, you end up frowning. You simply don’t like the appearance of your front teeth, and you wish you could fix them for good. With porcelain veneers, you truly can claim the stunning smile that you’ve been missing for a long time or maybe the attractive smile you’ve never had.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are placed on your front teeth to give your teeth strength in addition to making them look beautiful. These veneers can help you to alter several aspects of your teeth, including:

  • Tooth shape/contours
  • Tooth size
  • Tooth color
  • Gap between teeth
  • Fractured teeth

When you arrive for your porcelain veneer consultation, your cosmetic dentist will first analyze your smile to determine the best way to improve it. You may try on veneers in order to get an idea of how they look in your mouth.

During the porcelain veneer procedure, your dentist will remove some of the enamel – the hard covering of a tooth – from the front teeth that you are treating. This ensures that your new porcelain veneers will have enough space to fit onto your teeth. Then, a resin will be placed between your new veneers and your teeth. The dentist will use a curing light to make the resin hard.

Veneers are particularly ideal solutions if your teeth are stained and bleaching treatments seem to have no effect on them. In addition, if you have problems related to your bite/your teeth overlap, veneers can be a relatively non-invasive fix.

Veneers are advantageous because they look like your real teeth, and unlike a crown, a veneer does not require your natural tooth to be altered in a major way as part of the treatment. Start smiling again when you look in the mirror. Contact our experienced dental team to learn more about how we can help you to feel comfortable in your smile once again or embrace your smile for the first time ever. Call 281-256-6866 to schedule your professional consultation today.