Dr. Terry Bass offers a comprehensive array of cosmetic dentistry services to improve the appearance of your smile. Due to their versatility, porcelain veneers have become one of the most popular options for our patients. They offer a simple way to correct a wide range of issues while providing a conservative treatment that can be completed in just a few short office visits.
Porcelain veneers can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or as part of a smile makeover. The best way to find out whether veneers are the right option to achieve your goals is to speak with Dr. Bass in person. He will evaluate your smile and make individualized treatment recommendations to address your unique needs.
Please call 405-622-8996 today to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Oklahoma City office.
- What are Porcelain Veneers?
- Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
- Your Porcelain Veneers Procedure
- Dental Hygiene with Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers vs Dental Bonding
- Instant Orthodontics
- Contact our Oklahoma City Cosmetic Dentist
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of dental porcelain which get bonded to the front surface of your teeth in order to improve the appearance of a wide range of cosmetic smile imperfections. Dr. Bass can color-match your veneers to the shade of your natural teeth. In addition, the porcelain material used for veneers mimic the translucent properties of tooth enamel. These qualities ensure that you will achieve beautiful, natural looking results which blend in flawlessly with your smile.
Dr. Bass can use porcelain veneers to correct just about any cosmetic issue you may experience, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Unevenly shaped or sized teeth
- Severely worn teeth
Since porcelain veneers cover the front surface of your teeth, they can be used to correct several of these issues with one simple treatment.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
You'll experience many benefits when you choose porcelain veneers to achieve your aesthetic goals:
- Minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in 2-3 office visits
- Beautiful, natural looking results
- Durable, long lasting results
- Can correct multiple aesthetic flaws at once
- Resistant to staining
- Restores the functionality and strength of your teeth
- Customizable procedure that caters to your unique needs and goals
- Improves confidence in your smile
- Helps you make the best impression in personal and professional interactions
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
If you would like to correct one or more of the aesthetic issues discussed above, you are most likely a candidate for porcelain veneers. In addition, good porcelain veneers candidates:
- Practice good oral hygiene and have healthy teeth
- Are free of gum disease and other infections
- Do not grind their teeth (this can cause your veneers to wear out much quicker)
If you have tooth decay or gum disease, it won't necessarily rule you out as a candidate for porcelain veneers. However, Dr. Bass will need to treat these conditions and restore optimal levels of oral health before you can move forward with your procedure.
Your Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Dr. Bass will truly customize your porcelain veneers procedure, enabling you to achieve the tooth shape, color and size you want. During your initial visit, Dr. Bass will show you a variety of types and designs in order to help you get a clear understanding of your desired outcome. Then, he'll create a wax model to show you the type of results you can expect. At this point, if there are any aspects of the veneers you would like to change, he can alter the design to fit your needs.
During your second visit, Dr. Bass will gently recontour the surfaces of your teeth in preparation for the veneers. An impression is taken which will be used by the lab to create your veneers. Temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth while your permanent ones are being constructed.
When your permanent veneers have been completed by the lab, you'll return to our office for a third visit. Dr. Bass will bond your new porcelain veneers to the front surface of your teeth. At this time, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of your beautiful new smile.
Dr. Bass prefers to use Aurum lab for his porcelain veneers. Aurum is an advanced, high quality dental laboratory with a reputation for delivering exceptional results. Aurum porcelain becomes very strong when bonded to your teeth, and also reflects light just like your natural teeth. This ensures the best possible aesthetic outcome.
You can learn more about your procedure by reading our Questions about Porcelain Veneers page.
Dental Hygiene with Porcelain Veneers
One of the most important steps you can take to protect your porcelain veneers and keep your natural teeth in the best shape possible is develop good dental hygiene practices. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are highly resistant to damage and staining, and can be treated like your natural teeth. That does not mean, however, that they are invincible.
Your porcelain veneers are only as strong as the teeth they are adhered to, and protecting your natural teeth is part of insuring the long life of your porcelain veneers. You should perform the following steps to keep your teeth and porcelain veneers in good shape:
- Floss Between Your Teeth – Flossing is one of the most overlooked steps in dental hygiene, but did you know that neglecting flossing can lead to periodontal disease? Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and can usually be prevented through careful flossing and regular checkups.
- Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly – The best way to brush your teeth is by using gentle pressure, brushing in all directions, and being sure to brush all the exposed surfaces of your teeth. If you find that you are unable to reach your back teeth easily, you may need to switch to a smaller size toothbrush head. Also, make sure to replace your toothbrush every three months to keep the bristles resilient and effective.
- Have Regular Dental Checkups – Dental cleanings remove hardened layers of plaque that can cause dental decay and gum disease. In addition, these regular dental checkups allow Dr. Bass to look for loose porcelain veneers and check to make sure there is no early-onset gum disease or other type of complication. Allowing Dr. Bass to thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth twice a year can prevent costly decay later on in life.
Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers retain their color exceptionally well, often resisting the staining effects of foods that your natural tooth enamel falls prey to. In many ways this is a positive benefit, since it is an easy process to have your teeth whitened. However, porcelain veneers also resist the effects of teeth whitening systems. If you whiten your teeth after you have had porcelain veneers matched to your tooth color, you may find that your veneers now look too dark in contrast with the rest of your teeth.
There is no system that can be used to effectively whiten your porcelain veneers once they are placed, and the cement used to bond your veneers to your teeth can even affect the outcome color of your restoration. While porcelain veneers may respond slightly to teeth whitening in some instances, the outcome cannot be predicted or counted on.
The best option to achieve uniform whiteness across your natural teeth and porcelain veneers is to have your teeth whitened before you have your veneers color-matched to the enamel. All teeth have some amount of tint to them, often yellow, blue or gray, but whitening your teeth before applying porcelain veneers can create the best possible result if you decide to undergo a touch-up whitening procedure at a later date.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
Many types of tooth reshaping can be accomplished with dental bonding. The plastic composite material (also used in some tooth-colored fillings) can be applied to cracked, chipped, or misshapen teeth.
Porcelain veneers have many advantages over dental bonding. They have a more natural luster and look more like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are also color-matched in a lab, as opposed to being mixed in the dentist’s office, which may give a better match. Finally, porcelain veneers are much more durable than dental bonding.
If you would like to straighten crooked teeth but don't want to commit to a lengthy orthodontic process, you may want to consider porcelain veneers as an alternative. Porcelain veneers are often referred to as "instant orthodontics" because they provide the appearance of straight teeth in just a few short office visits.
Keep in mind that porcelain veneers don't actually straighten your teeth; they just provide the appearance of a straight smile. If you want to achieve the functional oral health benefits of straight teeth, you'll need to undergo a traditional orthodontic treatment such as braces or ClearCorrect.
Contact our Oklahoma City Cosmetic Dentist
Please contact Dr. Terry Bass using the form on this page or call 405-622-8996 today to schedule your porcelain veneers consultation. We serve patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman and the surrounding areas of Oklahoma.