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Porcelain Veneers – Odessa, TX

Stellar Results From Porcelain Veneers in Odessa

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Discoloration, chips, gaps, cracks, and worn teeth are just some of the challenges that can prevent patients from feeling fully confident about their smile. Thankfully, Dr. Steve W. Cobb has placed a lot of emphasis on cosmetic dentistry techniques over the span of his career and has the advanced education to provide transformative procedures like porcelain veneers in Odessa. These custom, high-quality restorations are designed to bond to the front surface of your existing teeth, correcting a variety of imperfections all at once instead of requiring multiple procedures. Contact our office today if you have any questions for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.

What Are Porcelain Veneers and What Kind of Flaws Can They Correct?

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Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of porcelain that are cemented to the front surface of your teeth and designed to look very natural. During your consultation, we'll discuss how you'd like your results to look and make sure the color, size, and shape blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile. Veneers are perfect for all of the following flaws:

  • Small gaps
  • Oddly-shaped teeth
  • Slight crowding
  • Chips and cracks
  • Severe stains or enamel defects such as pitting
  • Worn down or uneven teeth

What Can You Expect From the Procedure?

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First, Dr. Cobb will meet with you to discuss your personal goals for your smile and make sure porcelain veneers are right for you. After he's determined what your expectations are, the procedure is completed in two visits. At the first appointment, he'll make minor alterations to your teeth and precisely design your new veneers using digital X-rays, intraoral photos, and impressions. Then he'll send this information to a trusted dental laboratory to custom-create your veneers. We'll also put temporary veneers on your teeth that you'll wear until your second visit. Once we receive your permanent veneers from the dental lab (typically 1-2 weeks later), you'll come back for the final placement.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

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As a cosmetic dentist in Odessa, our patients have been thrilled with their porcelain veneers because of the many benefits they provide, including:

  • Although the procedure is done in just two visits, it can dramatically improve your smile's appearance.
  • Porcelain is a wonderful material because it reflects light the same way natural teeth do and doesn't look fake or out-of-place.
  • In addition, porcelain has a hard, glossy coating that resists stains from coffee, tea, red wine, etc.
  • Finally, porcelain is also very strong, so your veneers can last 10-15 years with basic maintenance. This includes regular checkups and cleanings, good brushing and flossing, wearing a nightguard as necessary, and avoiding chewing on ice, hard candies, pens, etc.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

The cost of veneers depends on your goals and how many veneers you need. Also, since your veneers will be matched to the existing shade of your teeth, some patients like to start with a whitening treatment to help their final results look even better, which has its own separate cost.

Since we can’t provide a universal cost that applies to everyone, the best way to get a personalized estimate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb. Once he's created the best treatment plan for you, we'll be able to explain your fees.

With that said, we can tell you that porcelain veneers are an outstanding investment in your smile and self-confidence. In fact, many of our patients only have one regret: not doing it sooner!

Veneer FAQs

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Veneers are a worthwhile investment, but an investment all the same. So, it’s natural to want to know as much as possible about this smile-enhancing treatment before committing. Luckily, our team is here to help you! In fact, we’ve responded to some of the most frequently asked questions about veneers in Odessa right here!

How Many Veneers Will I Need?

While some patients need 10-12 veneers, 1 or 2 may be more suitable for others. Ultimately, the answer depends on your unique dental needs and smile goals. That’s why it’s best to schedule an initial consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Odessa. From there, Dr. Cobb can share his recommendation.

Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers are incredibly durable and can last for 15+ years at a time, but they aren’t permanent. Since your natural teeth need to be altered so they don’t look awkward or obtrusive, your teeth will no longer look aesthetically pleasing without them. That’s why our team goes the extra mile to meticulously craft your dream smile. Once the veneers are in place, you won’t want to go back to your previous smile!

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

With your temporary veneers, it’s important to avoid all hard, crunchy, and chewy foods, including raw fruits and vegetables. Your permanent ones will be much more durable, allowing you to eat all of your favorites once more. With that said, it’s a good practice to avoid sugary foods and beverages since your natural teeth can still develop cavities. You should also be mindful when eating popcorn, caramel apples, and other foods that could chip or otherwise compromise your veneers. After all, like your natural teeth, your veneers aren’t indestructible.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

In short, the answer is yes! Veneers are crafted from stain-resistant materials, like porcelain. As a result, you don’t have to worry about pigmented discoloration quickly surfacing. However, it’s still a good idea to get into the habit of using a straw when you do indulge. This will help keep your veneers in pristine condition in the short and long term.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

With proper care, veneers can last for 15+ years. In fact, one study found that 83% lasted over 20 years! Since the most common culprit of cracked or damaged veneers is improper care, it’s of the utmost importance that you maintain yours well. That means brushing twice a day, flossing daily, getting a checkup and cleaning every six months, not smoking, and avoiding hard objects, like ice.

Do Veneers Feel Like Real Teeth?

They do! There are a few reasons for this. First, they aren’t a one-size-fits-all treatment – they are custom-made for each patient. Second, a slight portion of your enamel is removed to make room for your veneers. This ensures that they don’t protrude or feel awkward in any way. Third, the high-quality materials used (like porcelain) are extremely smooth, protecting the soft tissue in your mouth from irritation.