Get a Beautiful Smile Quickly with Porcelain Veneers

If you want gorgeous teeth quickly and pretty much effortlessly, consider porcelain veneers.

Sometimes referred to simply as dental veneers, sometimes mentioned as dental porcelain laminates, these smile-beautifying tools are extremely thin shells custom made for your teeth that cover the front surface of your teeth. Veneers can not only change teeth from yellow to beautiful white, but they also can change their size and shape.

The veneers can be fashioned of porcelain or from resin composites. The porcelain veneers do tend to combat stains better than their resin brethren. The porcelain veneers also are better at mirroring natural teeth when it come to reflecting light. In other words, porcelain veneers look more real than do resin veneers. You and your Plano cosmetic dentist will decide which is best for you after a thorough examination.

Our patients come to us for porcelain veneers to fix:


  • Discolored teeth (usually due to tetracycline stains, root canal treatments, the ingestion of too much fluoride, or large resin fillings that have discolored one or more teeth).
  • Worn teeth.
  • Broken and/or chipped teeth.
  • Uneven, unaligned and/or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Teeth with larger-than-normal gaps between them.


How do you know if you’re a good candidate for veneers? If your overall oral health and health overall is good, if you’re teeth haven’t been weakened by damage or too much decay, if you don’t clench or grind your teeth, if your teeth have enough enamel, and if you’re not a nail biter, you should be a good candidate for dental veneers. Your dentist will, of course, examine your mouth and teeth and discuss your overall health and goals before deciding if veneers are right for you.


The procedure

 Generally, a complete dental veneer procedure requires three visits to your Plano dentist. The first is the consultation (to see if you’re a good candidate) and the second and third to make and apply the veneer(s) to your tooth/teeth.

Once your dentist has determined that veneers will work for you, your second visit will see your dentist getting your tooth/teeth ready for the veneer(s). The dentist will remove a tiny amount (about 1/2 millimeter) of enamel from the surface of the tooth (your dentist can use a local anesthetic to number the area). The dentist then will make an impression (model) of your tooth, which is sent to a dental laboratory for construction of the veneer (takes one or two weeks).

Your dentist then bonds the veneer to your tooth with a specialized cement. The dentist will size the veneer and adjust (trim it) as needed so that it will fit over your teeth perfectly and also will adjust the veneer’s color.

Once dry, the dentist will remove excess bonding cement, evaluate your bite and make any more small adjustments as needed. He or she also probably will ask that you return for a follow up visit to make sure your gums are doing well and to examine the veneer’s placement on your tooth/teeth.

Have more questions about porcelain dental veneers? Dr. Dickinson and the staff at are happy to answer any and all questions you may have. Schedule a consultation today by calling or e-mailing our office at [email protected].

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