Porcelain Veneers & Lumineers in McKinney
A bright white, flawless, perfectly aligned smile is something many patients desire, but few patients are lucky enough to be born with gorgeous smiles. At OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics, we are proud to provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to help patients create the flawless smiles of their dreams. Traditional porcelain veneers and low prep veneers like Lumineers are two of the most popular cosmetic dental solutions we provide. These restorations allow us to create flawless smiles in just a few short appointments in our McKinney dentistry practice. Call our team to find out more about porcelain veneers and Lumineers or to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation in our state-of-the-art McKinney dental office.
Traditional veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain that are affixed to the front facing surfaces of teeth. Prior to placement, porcelain veneers closely resemble a fingernail in size and shape. Once they’re in position, porcelain veneers can be used to correct or conceal any number of cosmetic dental flaws including chips, cracks, stains, and gaps.
Lumineers are a name brand of minimal prep veneers. Unlike traditional veneers that require the removal of a small amount of surface tooth enamel prior to placement, Lumineers and other minimal prep veneers can be placed without the removal of healthy tooth structure. This makes Lumineers an ideal solution for many cosmetic dentistry patients.
Porcelain Veneer Placement
We place porcelain veneers over the course of two appointments in our dental office. During the initial visit, we remove a small amount of tooth enamel to prepare teeth. Then, we capture impressions of the smile that will be used by our dental lab to craft a custom porcelain veneer. To protect your smile and allow you to get used to the look and feel of your new veneers, we place a temporary. Once we receive the final veneer from our lab, you’ll return to our office where we’ll remove your temporary and exchange it for the flawless, custom porcelain veneer.
Lumineers are placed over two appointments in much the same way that traditional porcelain veneers are placed. The only difference is that we do not need to remove any surface tooth enamel. Instead, we simply capture impressions of your bite during the initial visit and design your Lumineer. Then, a trusted Lumineers lab will use these impressions and our design to craft your Lumineers. When we receive the custom restoration, you return to our office, and we’ll place your Lumineer.
Caring for Your Veneer
Once your veneers or Lumineers are in place, you will not need to worry about making many changes to your daily hygiene routine. We will likely encourage you to use the softest bristled toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid unnecessary wear to the veneers. You should also take special care to wear nightguards to protect your smile if you suffer from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching or bruxism. You should also use sportsguards as directed to protect your smile during athletic competitions.
If you have several cosmetic imperfections, veneers are an excellent solution to fix multiple issues using just one procedure. You will enjoy drastic, natural-looking results; however, it’s normal to have a few apprehensions before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. We’ll explain everything during your initial consultation. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to some of the most common questions patients ask us about veneers to ease your worries.
What issues can I fix with veneers?
Veneers are versatile because they can instantly hide a variety of aesthetic flaws, such as:
- Dark tooth discoloration and stains.
- Chips, cracks, or abnormally shaped teeth.
- Shorter than average teeth.
- Close gaps between teeth.
Will veneers make my teeth sensitive?
We may need to remove a small amount of enamel to ensure your veneers sit flush on your teeth. As a result, it’s normal to worry about any potential sensitivity, but you don’t have anything to fear. You may have some slight discomfort for a couple of days after your procedure, but any sensitivity will not last. In some cases, veneers can help those with a history of tooth sensitivity because they provide an additional layer of protection against hot or cold foods and drinks.
How many veneers will I need?
A veneer can be bonded to a single tooth, but we often recommend placing them on the front 2, 4, or 8 teeth. This creates a more seamless look between your veneers and your enamel. We’ll perform a thorough consultation and recommend how many veneers you’ll need during your initial consultation.
How long will my veneers last?
Modern veneers are thinner than ever; however, they are durable. It’s not uncommon for them to last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare. You can promote their longevity by following a few simple tips:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes each session.
- Use high-quality dental floss to clean between each tooth daily.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects.
- Don’t bite or chew overly hard or sticky foods.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
If a veneer breaks or falls off, we can easily replace it to restore your beautiful smile.
How much do veneers cost?
There isn’t a set fee for veneers because there are several factors that influence the cost, such as the number of teeth you’re treating. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the fees associated with your plan. Unfortunately, many dental insurances won’t cover the cost of veneers; however, our office accepts several payment options to keep your new smile affordable. Besides traditional payment methods, we also accept third-party financing. A member of our team will help you find the solutions you need to achieve the smile of your dreams without draining your wallet.