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Porcelain Veneers – Houston

Completely Custom Smile Transformations

If you have flaws in your smile that you wish would just disappear, we have the solution. Dr. Darrick Castleberry offers porcelain veneers in Houston as a cosmetic service that can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. These thin shells of dental porcelain are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to erase imperfections like chips, cracks, slight gaps, permanent discoloration, and more! Dr. Castleberry can customize your veneers to match your exact specifications, leading to lifechanging results. Keep reading to learn more about this popular cosmetic treatment.

Woman with porcelain veneers smiling outside

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are one of the best cosmetic dentistry services we have to offer. Patients can enjoy many unique advantages after getting veneers, including:

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

Woman during porcelain veneers consultation

The process for getting porcelain veneers will typically just take 2 visits. During the first, Dr. Castleberry will prepare your teeth. Typically, a slight portion of the tooth enamel must be removed to make room for your veneers. Once this is done, he will take impressions and images of your teeth, which are sent to a lab for customization. You’ll be given temporary veneers to maintain your appearance.

Then, after your veneers are fabricated, you’ll come back into our dental office. Dr. Castleberry will ensure that you’re happy with the results before permanently bonding the veneers to your teeth. All that’s left to do is walk out of our dental office with a beautiful and confident smile!

Aftercare for Porcelain Veneers

Man with porcelain veneers smiling

The best part about porcelain veneers is that they don’t require a special maintenance routine. However, it’s still important to brush, floss, and visit our dental office regularly for checkups. Remember, you’ll still have your natural teeth under your veneers, which can be affected by decay, cavities, and infection.  Also, try to avoid poor lifestyle habits like tobacco use and heavy consumption of alcohol. By following these steps, you can enjoy your veneers for years.

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

The best way to know if you’re a candidate for this cosmetic treatment is to come into our dental office for a consultation. Dr. Castleberry will carefully examine your smile before recommending porcelain veneers. If you have any preexisting dental problems, these may need to be treated before starting. However, those who could benefit from veneers will typically have:

If it sounds like porcelain veneers are right for you, contact our dental office today to set up an appointment. Your new and improved smile is just a phone call away!

Veneers FAQs

Man using dental mirror to examine his veneer shades

There are many cosmetic treatments to consider when you want to enhance your smile, but we understand if you have initial reservations about treatments like veneers. The Castleberry Center takes your needs and concerns very seriously, and we’ve included a handful of the most common questions we’ve heard over the years regarding this treatment. If you have other questions for Dr. Castle or our team, please let us know during your consultation.

Are Veneers Permanent?

Technically speaking, veneers are not a permanent treatment because eventually they will require replacement. The part of treatment that is permanent is the removal of existing tooth enamel to allow them to sit flush against teeth. The exception to this is if you decide to receive Lumineers, which do not require removal of enamel to place. Keep in mind that once enamel is removed, it’s gone for good. If you choose traditional veneers to cover teeth, you’ll need them to be there at all times going forward. Lumineers, however, are reversible in most cases.

Do Veneers Change Your Face?

Over time, the mouth can lose elasticity and muscle tone. Once veneers are placed, they can provide additional support for the mouth’s musculature and accentuate the cheekbones. This is why the extra support from veneers can not only give your smile a boost, but your overall facial appearance one as well. In some cases, veneers can even provide similar benefits to what you’d get from a facelift but without the surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Castle will break down the impact veneers can have on your facial shape.

Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Get Veneers?

We do not recommend veneers (nor will we place them period) if you already have a cavity or other form of decay on your tooth. This will only allow the problem to grow worse underneath your veneers and make it harder to treat. The same logic applies if you have gum disease, which can interfere with the veneer process. If your gums are bleeding or swollen, impressions won’t work properly and the veneers won’t look right on your teeth. The margin between your veneer and your tooth can also increase if your gums ever recede.

We may also not recommend veneers to those with bruxism until they have it under control. The constant teeth grinding and clenching associated with bruxism can cause the veneers to become worn down or fractured. Studies published on the National Institute of Health website have shown those with bruxism to carry a higher incidence of debonding (or veneers coming off).

How Can I Reduce the Cost of Veneers?

We would start by telling you to only receive as many veneers as you need to improve the appearance of your teeth with visible damage. You likely do not need to cover all visible teeth just to meet your goals. At The Castleberry Center, we partner with several financing companies that make it easier to cover more expensive treatments over a longer period of time. We also provide an in-house special on veneers that you’ll want to consider.

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