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Porcelain Veneers – Midland, TX

Enhance Your Smile with Veneers

Woman with porcelain veneers sharing gorgeous smile

Cosmetic dentistry is perfect for patients who want to improve the look of a damaged or generally lackluster smile, but the need for multiple treatments becomes a drain on both your budget and your busy schedule. If you'd prefer to transform your smile for the better all at once, porcelain veneers in our Midland, TX dental office could be the ideal solution. These customized sheaths of dental porcelain are painstakingly designed by Midland cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Drisdale to fit over your teeth to create a bright, naturally flawless look you’ll love.

Why Choose John K. Drisdale D.M.D. for Porcelain Veneers?

  • Fix Several Imperfections with One Treatment
  • Stain-Resistant & Durable Dental Porcelain
  • Additional Financing Through CareCredit Available

How Do
Porcelain Veneers Work?

Woman's smile compared with porcelain veneer shade chart

These cosmetic wonders can conceal so many different smile imperfections. For example, if you have teeth that are permanently stained or discolored, veneers create the appearance of a bright smile. Teeth that are chipped or broken can look whole again, and even teeth that are somewhat crooked or have gaps between them can be corrected.

Here in Midland, TX, our team is dedicated to exceeding expectations with our high caliber of care. Contact us today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

Porcelain Veneers Treatment Process

Typically, receiving custom porcelain veneers requires two to three appointments at our dental office. You and Dr. Drisdale will first speak about what you hope to achieve through your cosmetic treatment. The dimensions of your mouth, the proportions of your face and even your complexion will have an influence on the final design of your custom veneers. But also, Dr. Drisdale wants to hear what your idea of an attractive smile is.

At the next appointment, he prepares your teeth and takes detailed impressions in order to provide you with temporary veneers and give our dental lab an accurate roadmap for creating your beautiful smile. Dr. Drisdale takes care with the creation of his temporaries so that the patient can see the beautiful way the ceramic restorations will look when the process is completed.

The restorations arrive a few weeks later, and Dr. Drisdale makes necessary adjustments to ensure you’re fully satisfied with the result before he bonds them into place. The photos in our Smile Gallery show the dramatic results Dr. Drisdale has achieved for his patients as a result of his artistry, talent and skill.

of Porcelain Veneers

Woman sharing beautiful smile after porcelain veneer treatment

  • Veneers successfully hide a wide variety of dental flaws, including cracks, chips, stains, discoloration, gaps, and misaligned teeth. We even make corrections to the length and shape of certain teeth if that’s what the patient wants.
  • For patients who don’t want to spend countless months wearing noticeable metal braces, veneers may achieve the same results.
  • Veneers are virtually seamless compared to natural teeth, possessing the same translucent qualities. However, they are more resistant against staining than enamel, which allows you to maintain your newly brightened look longer.

With proper maintenance, veneers can easily last 10 to 20 years.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

Man with veneers in Midland, TX sitting and smiling

Since getting veneers is an elective procedure, it’s especially important to make sure that they’re a cost-effective way to make the improvements that you want for your smile. After all, there are many cosmetic treatments to choose from, all of which come with their own cost and specific pros and cons. We’ll take the time to show you all of your smile transformation options and go over the prices with you so that you have all the information you need to make your final decision.

Cost VS Cosmetic Dentistry: What's Right for Me?

Color-matching female patient’s teeth for veneers in Midland, TX

It can easy to become so set on a specific cosmetic treatment that you ignore other options, even when they could be more suitable for both your budget and your grin. Depending on what kind of changes you want to make, we may suggest any of the following treatments:

  • Invisalign®: When you are specifically looking to straighten your crooked teeth, Invisalign is often an excellent option. This treatment can improve your appearance and your overall oral health, but it’s also far more costly than other cosmetic treatments, and it has no effect on the shape or color of your teeth.
  • Teeth Whitening: Compared to other cosmetic treatments, teeth whitening is very inexpensive, and it offers a quick way to change the color of your teeth. However, it can only really be used to make a very specific kind of cosmetic improvement. For cracks and other imperfections, you’ll have to explore different options.
  • Direct Bonding: Direct bonding is actually a very versatile treatment. We can use it to hide minor flaws like chips, small stains, and even small gaps. It’s less expensive than veneers, making it a great option if you only need to make slight improvements to a few teeth. That said, it may not be suitable for extensive problems.
  • Veneers: Veneers cost a bit more than teeth whitening or direct bonding, but they are also capable of addressing many common imperfections at once, and they’re more effective for transforming the entire smile. They are also very durable and can last over a decade if you take good care of them.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

Calculating costs of veneers in Midland, TX with calculator and pen

Veneers are not covered by dental insurance since they are not considered “medically necessary.” That means you can’t count on your insurance plan to lower your out-of-pocket costs for veneers; you’ll have to explore other ways to fit them into your budget. One viable strategy is to apply for CareCredit financing. CareCredit allows you to break up the costs of a variety of dental treatments (including those that might not be included under a typical insurance plan) so that you can pay at a rate that’s comfortable for you. Among the different CareCredit plans, some have very low interest and others have no interest at all. Our team can go over the details with you and help you figure out your best path forward.

Veneers FAQs

Illustration of veneers in Midland, TX being placed on the lower arch

Veneers can completely transform your smile, so it’s only natural to want to know as much about them as possible before making such a big change. Dr. Drisdale can address any concerns you might have at your initial consultation, and you can always call our Midland team if there’s something you want to know. To make things a bit easier for you, check out our FAQs listed below; they cover some of the things that many patients tend to ask when they’re considering dental implants.

Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

It can be said that while the veneers themselves aren’t permanent, the treatment to place them is. Veneers, like any other dental restoration, can become damaged over time and will need to be replaced at some point. However, because small amounts of enamel need to be removed to make room for your veneers, the affected teeth will need to always be covered from that point forward. Hence, once your veneers have reached the end of their lifespan, you’ll need to either get new ones or replace them with a dental crown. 

Is There Anything I Won’t Be Able to Eat with Veneers?

You’ll need to wear temporary veneers for a few weeks before receiving your permanent ones. During that time, you need to stay away from ice, raw fruits and vegetables, candy, and other hard foods that might cause the temporary restoration to break. Furthermore, temporary veneers can be pulled off the teeth more easily, so you should avoid anything particularly sticky. Once your permanent veneers are in place, you’ll be able to eat most foods again, although you should still be wary of hard or crunchy foods as well as any dark beverages that might leave a stain.

Will Veneers Give Me a Lisp?

A tooth that has a veneer attached to it is slightly thicker than normal. This can affect the way that you talk for a short period of time; until your tongue learns to accommodate for your veneers, its movements will be affected, and as a result the way you pronounce the “s” and “v” sounds may change slightly. While the tongue will naturally learn the new movements it needs to make, you can help the process along by practicing the pronunciation of certain words. You can also ask Dr. Drisdale to take another look at your veneers; sometimes slightly reducing the thickness of the restoration can make the lisp go away.

How Long Will My Veneers Last?

Naturally, the lifespan of veneers varies from cases to case. On average, they last about 10 to 15 years, but there are patients who have managed to keep the same veneers for 30 years or even longer by taking good care of them on a regular basis. If you want your implants to stay in your mouth as long as possible before you replace them, try to avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth to tear open packaging. You should also make sure that you’re sticking to a strict dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing at least twice a day.