Are All Porcelain Veneers The Same? How do I Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?

Porcelain veneers are fairly well known in the cosmetic dentistry arena today.  Advertisements for porcelain veneers are quite common. However, are all veneers and cosmetic dentists the same?  There is a huge gap among dentists when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. When consulting or choosing a cosmetic dentist, in addition checking out their training and experience, ask to see close up photos of their work.  This can give you some insight as too if this dentist is for you.

Before: Existing unaesthetic porcelain veneers
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After: Custom designed porcelain veneers for natural esthetics

Dr. Konig explains, “In addition to having esthetic skills, there is an art to cosmetic dentistry that can create a unique smile for that particular patient. It is critical that the dentist listen too and understand what the patient’s desires are.”

This case shows a young lady unhappy with her existing  porcelain veneers and smile.  During the initial consultation, these were her concerns:

  1. Unnatural and chiclet appearance of the existing veneers
  2. Shape of veneers were not symmetrical
  3. Opaqueness of existing veneers
  4. Fake appearance at the gum line
  5. Desire for a natural appearing smile, not Hollywood white

All these factors were taken into consideration to help create a custom smile for this young lady.  The  new natural porcelain veneers were completely redesigned to allow for a more natural size, shape, and appearance.  The layered porcelain shading along with translucency helped to create a more natural smile as desired by the patient.  Additionally, the gums were re-contoured using a laser helping to achieve better long term health and symmetry.  The result, a happy and elated patient with a confident and natural smile.

On a final note, what is a porcelain veneer? Generally speaking, veneers are a thin layers of porcelain that adhere to the front of the tooth primarily for esthetic purposes. This can allow for fixing broken and worn teeth, discolored teeth,  and crooked teeth.  There are many ways veneers can be used, however, not all veneers are created equally.  Lumineers were a highly advertised veneer that is not very versatile when creating beautiful esthetics. More than just the type of porcelain used is the artistic and clinical skill of the dentist.

If you have questions regarding Houston Porcelain Veneers or Houston Cosmetic Dentistry, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-248-8868.

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