Porcelain veneers: Handcrafted Beauty for Stunning Smiles Posted on March 7, 2014 by trinhdm in Veneers If you want to significantly enhance your smile’s appearance in a brief period of time, you may want to consider porcelain veneers as a possible solution. These thin, tooth-shaped shells that are bonded atop your natural teeth provide an effective remedy for a number of aesthetic flaws, including deep stains, chips or cracks in the teeth. For some patients, veneers may even be used to create the appearance of a perfectly aligned smile when the natural teeth are slightly crooked. Porcelain veneers are painstakingly crafted to meet the patient’s unique specifications, and each patient is carefully evaluated to determine the preferred design for the patient’s veneers. The treatment process required for veneers generally takes place over 2-3 appointments with cosmetic dentist. Those office visits typically are scheduled a few weeks apart. At the first appointment, the cosmetic dentist will evaluate the patient’s case. This will involve a visual inspection of the patient’s teeth, and the dentist may take some x-rays as well. The dentist will gather the data necessary for the veneers to be created at this visit. This data includes information on the desired shade and shape of the veneers. The dentist may also prepare the teeth for veneer placement at the initial appointment. Depending on the thickness of the veneer, a thin layer of enamel may need to be removed from the tooth in order to make room for the veneer so that it will not protrude from the rest of the smile. The patient then returns to the office after the veneers have been created and are ready to be bonded to the teeth. Before the veneers are attached to the teeth, the cosmetic dentist can make further adjustments to the shade and shape of the veneer, per the patient’s request. After the veneers are bonded to the teeth, though, they can no longer be altered, so be sure that you are satisfied with them before the dentist takes that step. Porcelain veneers can dramatically affect the smile’s appearance with minimal effort on the patient’s part, so if you have been dissatisfied with some aspect of your smile, contact Anderson Dentistry at 817-485-2111 to discuss this treatment option with our cosmetic dentist.