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What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Do you ever feel like hiding your smile because of stained, chipped or uneven teeth? You have multiple treatment options to consider, from dental bonding to getting new crowns. But if you’re looking for a long-lasting solution and a simple application process, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to give them a bright, symmetrical appearance. They’re an “in between” option that can fix more serious problems than dental bonding can but are more affordable and easier to get than a dental crown. They’re a common solution for problems like:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Eroded tooth enamel
  • Mildly crooked teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth

Veneers can be made from composite resin or porcelain. While resin is a more affordable option, many people choose porcelain veneers due to their significant advantages, including:

  • A long lifespan (They can last up to 20 years, while composite veneers usually last 5 to 7 years.)
  • A natural appearance that will blend in with the rest of your teeth
  • Resistance to staining and chipping

Porcelain is a highly durable material that’s stronger than you may think. In fact, it’s equal in strength to your tooth’s natural enamel. Because of this, some dentists have stopped offering composite veneers and only work with porcelain to give their patients the best results.

The Procedure: What to Expect

Getting your new veneers is a relatively simple procedure that only requires two trips to the dentist. At your first appointment, you and your dentist will discuss which of your teeth are in need of an update. Next, your dentist will use a grinding tool to shave a very thin layer off your teeth’s enamel so the veneers will fit. Finally, your dentist will create impressions of your teeth with a mold or with 3D cameras. These images will be sent to a lab so your veneers can be carefully crafted for the right fit and appearance.

When your new porcelain veneers are ready, you’ll come back for your second appointment to have them attached to your teeth. You’ll have a chance to try on the veneers with a temporary paste to make sure they look and feel just right. When everything is ready, your dentist will use a dental cement to permanently bond the veneers to your teeth.

With modern materials and technology, getting new porcelain veneers is a quick process. They can often be attached with no anesthesia unless you request some for your comfort. Once your veneers are bonded into place (which happens within minutes), you’re all set. You’ll be able to eat and drink as you normally would without any recovery time.

Caring for Your New Smile

Porcelain veneers are long lasting, but they will likely need to be replaced at some point down the line, usually within 10 to 20 years. There are steps you can take to help them last as long as possible, such as:

  • Take good care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist once every six months.
  • Use a mouth guard if you play sports or if you tend to grind your teeth at night.
  • Avoid chewing your nails or chewing on objects like pens or pencils.
  • Chew harder foods with your back teeth to avoid putting too much pressure on your front teeth.
  • Don’t use your teeth to tear open packages.

When it’s time to get your veneers replaced, you may choose to undergo the same procedure again, or you may opt for something different like dental crowns. Your dentist will be able to help you decide which choice is best for you.

Issues like stained or chipped teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious and may even affect your self-esteem, but you can overcome these feelings with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Talk to your dentist about porcelain veneers and whether they might be a good fit for you.

Treat Yourself to a New Smile At LifeSmiles, Dr. Randy Mitchmore uses advanced technology like 3D imaging and “minimal prep” veneers to give our patients bright new smiles. We offer a range of options from warm blankets to IV sedation to make our services comfortable and pain-free. Contact us to learn more.

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Sally May-Frankum
Dental Hygienist

Sally’s favorite part about working with the team at LifeSmiles is the fun she has with her co-workers. Additionally, she appreciates working with Dr. Randy Mitchmore because much like her, he values whole-body health for his patients. She’s proud to be part of a team that does such high quality work.

Outside of the office: Sally enjoys being with her children and grandchildren and uses writing as a creative outlet. On the weekends, she can be found doing all things outdoors including hiking and biking.

 

Bucket List: Going to Europe, exploring every US state, and zip-lining.

Hero: The Highest Power of them all!

Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Elite Care and Education Specialist

Smiling is contagious

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith
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Sandra is 44 years old and is a star athlete for the Special Olympics. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics and won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!) in 2020. She sings in her church choir and attends international performances with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.