Porcelain veneers are cosmetic restorations that can hide gaps, cover stains, reshape teeth, and conceal other tooth imperfections. Veneers are crafted out of thin pieces of ceramic, and Dr. Locke will attach the veneers to the front of your teeth using a strong bonding material. Your Waco dentist would like to discuss a few tips to remember when considering porcelain veneers.

Myth: One Size Fits All

Your veneers will be handcrafted in a special dental laboratory. Dr. Locke will take impressions of your teeth to determine the correct shape, size, and color of your veneers. A skilled ceramist will then design and sculpt your veneers for your specifications. Your custom restorations will look just like your natural teeth.

Myth: Veneers are Completed in One Visit

Veneers can brighten, straighten, and improve your smile as soon as they are placed on your teeth. However, keep in mind that proper placement takes about two to three office visits. During your first appointment, Dr. Locke will prepare your teeth and may remove a small amount of tooth enamel. After the lab fabricates your veneers, you will return to our office for permanent placement.

Myth: Veneers Don’t Require Regular Maintenance

Once placed on your teeth, veneers are strong to withstand daily eating, speaking, and functioning. Nevertheless, remember to treat your veneers like you would your natural teeth. Veneers are very thin and excessive stress can chip or break your restorations. Additionally, be sure to brush and floss every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. One benefit, however, is that veneers are virtually stain-resistant, so your white smile should last for years to come.

If you have teeth that are spaced, chipped, broken, misshapen, discolored, or flawed in any way, Dr. Locke may suggest porcelain veneers to brighten your smile. Contact our dentist office in Waco at (254) 776-4888 to schedule an appointment. We welcome families from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and the surrounding Central Texas area.