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If you're like most people, chances are there is something about your smile that you would like to change and improve. Maybe your beloved morning coffee or tea have started to take a toll over the years and your teeth are not as white as they could be, or perhaps you've always wished that your smile was a little more even or symmetrical. Whatever the case may be, even healthy teeth and gums can fall victim to cosmetic damage over time due to lifestyle factors and/or genetics. Often times, these effects are inevitable, even if you practice relatively good oral hygiene and lifestyle habits. However, that's where cosmetic dentistry comes in! Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel, your dentists in Fort Worth, TX, recommend dental veneers for patients looking to improve the size, shape, or color of their damaged or unattractive teeth.
Get a Smile Makeover and Improve Your Oral Health with Cosmetic Dentistry in Fort Worth, TX
Think of dental veneers as a cosmetic coat or armor for your teeth. Made of a razor-thin layer of porcelain that is custom designed to match the color and texture of natural teeth, veneers are bonded directly onto the surface of the tooth and molded into the desired size or shape. They offer a great solution for a number of cosmetic problems including:
- Stains and discolorations
- Chips and cracks
- Gaps and spaces
- Odd tooth shape
In some cases, a thin layer of enamel may have to be removed in order to make room and ensure a natural looking and smooth fit for the veneers. With good oral hygiene and routine dental care, veneers can last from five to ten years, but often much longer.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Fort Worth, TX
For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office today by calling 817-926-8700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ralstin or Dr. Horwedel.
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Fort Worth, Texas, can help your smile
If you aren’t proud of your smile, it’s time to rejuvenate it with cosmetic dentistry services. No matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help you and your smile look great! Call Drs. William Ralstin and Lindsey Horwedel in Fort Worth, TX, to achieve a smile that you a smile you can be proud of!
More about Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry can help brighten your smile with a professional whitening treatment. Consider professional teeth whitening if your smile is yellow, stained, or dull. The results are dramatic, often whitening smiles up to 8 shades whiter. The results last a long time too, even up to 5 years! It’s time to stop using over-the-counter products and choose professional teeth whitening to give you a bright smile that lasts!
Cosmetic dentistry can also repair your damaged teeth with dental bonding. Consider dental bonding to repair or reshape the contours of your teeth if they are broken, damaged, or just poorly-shaped. Bonding uses composite, a unique liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your teeth, and sculpted into shape to form natural, beautiful contours. The resin is hardened with an ultraviolet light so the result is a strong, hard, tooth restoration treatment. Recontouring and reshaping is often done in conjunction with bonding to create a more harmonious smile that is uniquely yours.
Through porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry can additionally give you a dramatically improved, gorgeous smile. Consider porcelain veneers to change the color and shape of your teeth, as well as to hide minor alignment problems in your smile. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth to hide issues like cracks, chips, or fracture lines. They can even hide tooth overlap and gaps between your teeth to give you a perfect smile!
Professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers are just a few of the many cosmetic dental services available to give you a great-looking smile. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry, call (817) 926-8700 for Drs. William Ralstin and Lindsey Horwedel in Fort Worth, Texas today!
Find out if you are the perfect candidate for this beautiful restoration.
We know that nothing feels better than having a smile you feel confident showing off. All you have to do is think about how often you show your smile in order to talk to those around you and you quickly realize how important your smile’s appearance is. If you are dealing with certain cosmetic flaws our Fort Worth, TX, dentists Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel are here to help you decide whether dental veneers are right for you.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are custom-made ultra-thin shells that are typically made from porcelain. These restorations are designed to mimic the same translucency and appearance as natural tooth enamel. Each veneer is specially fabricated to cover the entire front portion of the tooth to alter and enhance its shape, size, color or alignment. Depending on your needs, a veneer can be placed over one problem tooth or over all of your teeth for a complete smile makeover. Very little tooth preparation is needed and you could get your new smile in just a couple visits.
Are dental veneers a good option for me?
You’ve probably been wondering whether you could be an ideal candidate for this cosmetic treatment. While the only way to truly find out is to visit one of our Fort Worth general dentists for a consultation, here are some factors that could help you determine if veneers are the best option:
- You have severe stains that can’t be treated with professional teeth whitening
- You have chips and cracks in one or more teeth
- You have gaps between teeth
- You have some teeth that overlap or are slightly crooked
- You have a slightly misaligned smile
- You have misshapen or malformed teeth
If you said yes to one or more of these issues, porcelain veneers could easily be bonded into place to cover these flaws and instantly improve the overall look of your smile.
Do dental veneers sound like the treatment you’ve been looking for? If you are ready to find out then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our Fort Worth, TX, general dentists. Isn’t it time you had a smile you were proud of?
Caring for veneers is simple. Learn the steps here.
Veneers are an excellent investment in your dental health and personal appearance. If you're considering veneers or you've had veneers made for you by Dr. William Ralstin, cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth, Texas, you're probably wondering how to take care of them. The good news is that veneers, while small in size, are easy to care for! Dr. Ralstin is here to explain the best way to keep your porcelain veneers looking and feeling great.
Natural looking equals natural care
Besides giving you a total smile makeover, veneers from your Fort Worth cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ralstin, are relatively low maintenance. He recommends to all of his veneer-wearing patients to brush at least twice daily, floss once and visit his Fort Worth dental office at least three times a year for cleaning and checkups. While veneers cannot decay, your natural teeth are still underneath and they, as well as your gum tissue, are still subject to bacterial buildup. Therefore, good dental hygiene is imperative to keep veneers functioning properly.
Keep them bright and shiny
Dr. Ralstin will ensure that your veneers have a realistic color and shine to them before they are placed. To keep them from looking dull and potentially needing repairs or replacement, do not use abrasive toothpastes when brushing your teeth. This includes pastes that contain baking soda or silicates.
While porcelain veneers are generally resistant to stains, you may experience discoloration where the veneers meet the gums if you regularly partake in drinking coffee, tea or red wine or eating foods containing curry or artificial coloring agents. Regardless of the staining factor, your Fort Worth dentist will tell you that it's important to brush after meals to keep plaque from building up.
If you need further instruction, or to schedule a consultation about veneers with Dr. William Ralstin, give our Fort Worth dental office a call today!
Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring otherwise sound teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned. But the question for many is, are they long-lasting?
Just as the term is used in building construction, a dental veneer is a thin covering of material that’s bonded to the outside of a tooth to conceal blemishes. Very thin layers of dental porcelain (a form of hardened glass colored to match a patient’s natural teeth) are created by a dental lab technician to achieve the preferred shape and size of the patient’s tooth. Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them.
As to their longevity: if cared for properly, a veneer could last for twenty years or more. While the veneer itself isn’t subject to the effects of dental disease, the tooth and the gums that support it are. Shrinking gum tissues as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, for example, could have a negative effect on the veneered tooth and subsequently the veneer. It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups.
There’s one other important consideration: while porcelain veneers can withstand normal biting forces, if they’re subjected beyond their tolerance they could shatter. You should be careful not to subject your veneered teeth to an abnormal biting force, such as biting down on an extremely hard object. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can minimize the force created from the grinding.
It’s possible to repair and re-bond a loose or slightly chipped veneer. In some cases, though, severe damage may require a replacement. Still, by using common sense about what you bite down on and taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize the chances of damage and enjoy many years of a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: How Long will Your Porcelain Veneers Last?.”