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Dental Veneers in Lakeway, TX

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Teeth that are brilliantly white, straight, and flawless; it’s something we all desire, particularly during our adolescent years. Whitening products and toothpaste can assist with sneaky methods like drinking coffee and soda through a straw.

But what if one of your or your child’s teeth is damaged, chipped, or a genetically off-color or malformed tooth? Dental veneers near you at Lake Travis Family & Cosmetic Dentistry could be the solution.

What is a Dental Veneer?

A “veneer” is a wafer-thin covering of material molded to the surface of a tooth to fix a chip or crack or improve its cosmetic appeal. Porcelain or a composite synthetic resin, such as acrylic polymer or polymethyl methacrylate, is used to make veneers. Veneers can be applied directly to a tooth at Lake Travis Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or created in a dental laboratory off-site.

Types of Veneers

There are two types of veneers, and the decision to employ one should be based less on personal preference and more on the shape of your or your child’s teeth.

Traditional Veneers

Traditional veneers are placed on teeth similarly to a crown. That is, portions of the tooth that are weak or decayed are removed, and the tooth is “formed” to give a mounting site for the veneer.

Even healthy teeth may require little reshaping to get a natural appearance when the veneer is put on. Because the veneer is thick, not whittling down the tooth would result in a “bulky,” unnatural-looking tooth when contrasted to neighboring teeth.

Prep-less Veneers

On the other hand, Prep-less veneers require very little (if any) tooth preparation. This is suitable in some cases, but it is usually confined to situations where there are gaps between teeth (such as a gap between two front teeth) or when the tooth being treated is smaller than the neighboring teeth.

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