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Many patients want to improve the appearance of their smiles, but they don’t want to wait for months or even years to see the results. A cosmetic dentist in Arlington, TX can offer patients a quick route to a more attractive smile through the use of porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin layers of porcelain that are specially crafted to fit each individual patient’s teeth. They can be used to correct a variety of flaws, from crooked or chipped teeth to discolored enamel or gaps between the teeth, and they can improve the smile dramatically in a matter of weeks.

At your first visit to the cosmetic dentist, you and the dentist will discuss your goals for your smile. The dentist will then shave a thin layer of enamel from your teeth in order to create room for the veneers. Next, he will take impressions of your teeth, which will then be sent to the dental laboratory to ensure that your veneers have a natural appearance.

Temporary veneers may be placed over your teeth while you wait for the permanent ones to come back from the lab, which typically takes about two to three weeks.

When the permanent veneers have arrived, you will visit the office for a second appointment. At that session, the dentist will show you the veneers to be sure that you are comfortable with their sizes and shade. The temporary veneers will be removed and your dentist will clean the teeth prior to placing the permanent veneers. Using a special bonding cement, the permanent veneers will then be placed and a special light is used to cure, or harden, the bonding agent.

After the permanent veneers are placed, the patient then takes on the responsibility of caring for them to maximize their longevity. It is important to follow a regular oral hygiene routine after your veneers have been placed.

If you are considering porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, consult with one of the dentists at Fielder Park Dental who have the highest standards and experience with cosmetic dentistry.