About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers transform crooked, misshapen, chipped and otherwise unattractive teeth into the smile of your dreams – instantly! Once your veneers have been placed, you will leave our office with your new smile ready to be shared.
As a highly skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ronald Konig does not just place veneers, he creates a dental design individualized to you. Even smiles with gaps between teeth can be made over into perfectly fitting teeth that are proportional to your facial features.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable porcelain that are custom designed for each specific tooth shape and size. The versatility of these veneers mean that they conceal a wide range of cosmetic dental problems, such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Stained teeth
- Worn teeth edges
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Uneven tooth size and length
Once the finished veneers have been created, Dr. Konig carefully fits and adheres each custom porcelain veneer to the front of each tooth, using a special dental adhesive. This gives you a completely natural-looking smile, without orthodontics or braces. Porcelain veneers can usually be designed, fabricated, and placed in just two office visits, and the results are stunning.
Benefits of Choosing Porcelain Veneers
As you consider the various treatments that may suit your smile makeover aspirations, Dr. Konig will help you weigh the pros and cons, and help you decide whether porcelain veneers are right for you. For good candidates, the benefits of porcelain veneers are many:
- Results in as few as two dental appointments
- Veneer characteristics tailored to your wishes and your facial features
- Natural, lifelike appearance
- Permanent results
- Non-invasive procedure
What Can I Expect at My Porcelain Veneers Consultation?
During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Konig, he will be happy to discuss anything you want to know about veneers, such as:
How is a Veneers Procedure Performed?
The procedure starts with Dr. Konig custom designing your smile by taking an impression of your teeth. He designs the size, shape, contours and color scheme of each porcelain veneer to best suit your dental and facial features. Our highly trained ceramist then creates each porcelain veneer.
Can Veneers Look Natural?
Porcelain veneers are handmade, in other words, both the shade and shape can be adjusted to suit your specifications. Veneers are stain resistant and can mimic the way real teeth reflect light. If you want them to look natural, it can be done. If you are looking for Hollywood white, this can also be achieved. Veneers are custom-made to suit the individual.
Do Porcelain Veneers Stain Over Time?
Your natural tooth enamel absorbs the colors of the food and drinks that you consume. Porcelain Veneers do not become discolored over time. The material used deflects stains so that you can enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come.
Are Porcelain Veneers Painful?
No! Most patients report no pain or discomfort at all during treatment. This is because the most porcelain veneer cases are minimally-invasive. The only preparation required for veneers is the removal of a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. Some cases can be completed with no preparation. It depends on the position and shape of your teeth as to whether minimal or non-prep veneers can be utilized.
Why Are My Porcelain Veneers So Thick?
Some veneers appear and feel too thick. This does not have to be the case. It usually happens due to poor design and planning. Either because the dentist did not remove enough tooth structure or the lab made the veneers too large, not following the proper smile design. Veneers can be made to look natural in size and thickness.
Are Porcelain Veneers Long Lasting?
With proper care and routing maintenance of your smile, porcelain veneers can last decades without replacement. It’s important to address the way your teeth meet together (your bite), and look at the health of the underlying teeth, gums and bone to ensure the veneers can be long-lasting. Some patients may never need to replace them at all.
Teeth Whitening With Porcelain Veneers
Patients with very deep stains (such as those caused by certain antibiotics) or who also wish to address other cosmetic concerns may be better candidates for porcelain veneer treatment than teeth whitening. Unlike traditional tooth whitening, which chemically treats your natural teeth, porcelain veneers conceal the teeth behind wafer-thin shells of porcelain. Unlike traditional teeth whitening methods, whose results can fade with time, porcelain veneers deliver a permanently bright smile that resists discoloration for as long as your veneers last (generally 10, 20 years or longer).
Schedule Your Consultation With Our Cosmetic Dentist
It takes a real smile artist to envision your "perfect smile," to craft it and to make it look natural for years to come. When Dr. Konig creates a straight, healthy-looking smile that also improves the bite and function of the teeth, it is a fusion of art and science.
If you are interested in Houston porcelain veneers services or if you live nearby in Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands or the surrounding areas, please call the dentistry practice of Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA, at 713-668-2289. We look forward to meeting you at your consultation!