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By Arlington Dental
March 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

It’s time that you gave your appearance a makeover with help from dental veneers.

Do you find yourself feeling self-conscious whenever you smile? Do you avoid cameras or social gatherings because imperfections in your veneersmile make you feel embarrassed? If so, then look no further than dental veneers to give you a beautiful smile that you can feel confident in. Learn more by reading below, and contact the office of our Arlington, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Joseph Reed, for personal treatment.


What are dental veneers?

Veneers are extremely thin porcelain shells that are custom designed to cover the front of your teeth. The porcelain is extremely durable and able to mimic the look and color of your teeth.

To undergo treatment, you will first need to visit our Arlington office for an examination so that our cosmetic dentist can determine if your teeth are healthy enough for veneers. From there, we will remove less than one millimeter of enamel from the front of each tooth to provide room for the 1. This tooth preparation is minor and can often be performed without the need for local anesthesia.

Once teeth have been prepared, we will take molds of your mouth. These molds are sent to a lab so that they have the exact tooth measurements they need to create your perfectly fitted veneers. Once the veneers are complete, you’ll come back into our office so we can check the fit before bonding them permanently to your teeth using a special resin. The whole process for getting dental veneers takes about 3 weeks.


Who is a good candidate for dental veneers?

Someone with a strong healthy smile who wants to alter and improve the overall appearance of their smile could benefit from getting dental veneers. You may be an ideal candidate for veneers if you are looking to hide,

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Worn or uneven teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor twisting, crookedness, or overlapping

When you come into our office, let us know what smile issues you have and what you wish to correct and we will help you determine whether veneers will give you the result that you’re looking for.


Contact us today!

Here at Arlington Dental, we pride ourselves on giving you the smile that you’ve always wanted with the help of cosmetic dentistry. If you are interested in getting porcelain veneers in Arlington, VA, then call our office today at (817) 303-5700 to schedule your free consultation.


Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”