Porcelain Veneers

There are many ways to achieve a perfectly beautiful smile without having to go through the long and tedious process of wearing braces, which can take years before you see and enjoy the final results. Dr. Randy Mitchmore is a Houston native and dentist, who has many years of experience in various fields of dentistry, such as restorative, cosmetic and implants. He makes it his goal to give people back their confidence and joy in having a great smile. One of his most requested procedures and for which he has had extensive training in for creating beautiful smiles and perfect teeth is porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers aren’t just a quick fix cover up with a one-size-fits-all condition. Each porcelain veneer is carefully designed and structured to compliment your features, which results in natural looking teeth. Along with Dr. Mitchmore and his team of highly skilled dental professionals, you will work as a team to custom design the smile that’s right for you. Every detail from the color, to the shape and size will be influenced by your personal taste and guided by Dr. Mitchmore’s expertise.

What exactly are Porcelain Veneers?

If you’re not familiar with porcelain veneers or have never heard of the procedure, then it’s reassuring to know that it’s a fast and straightforward process that requires absolutely no downtime and is virtually painless. Also, the fact that Dr. Mitchmore has done hundreds of veneers ensures that you are in the right hands and the process is smooth-sailing.

Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain in the shape of a wafer-like tooth. They’re as thin as your fingernails, but are very durable; stronger and just as hard as enamel. It will last many years and are designed to resist stains as well as withstand chipping.

Creating the right shade of porcelain veneers is very important, especially if all your teeth don’t require them. In addition to color, there also has to be consistency with the proportionate size of each tooth and shape. Good quality porcelain veneers require careful hands and an eye for natural design, which are qualities that Dr. Randy Mitchmore displays.

Dr. Mitchmore does not stop there, there is more to literally fooling the eye that something has been done to the tooth.  The Golden Proportion formula used by De Vinci, Michaelangelo and the ancient Greeks and Egyptians is used to determine the ratio of the height and width of each veneer.  In addition custom artistically designed surface texture is sculpted into the porcelain.  The right amount of lobing or undulations in the enamel prevents the veneer from looking like flat glass or “Chiclets” that you see in so many distasteful dental ads.  The final crème de la crème is embedding the porcelain with various levels of translucency, gloss, and even white halos and faint cloud formations than breathe life and vitality into the veneer so that it looks so real it literally fools the eye that it was not made by mother nature.  Dr. Mitchmore wants people that see you to say, “What a Beautiful Smile your have!”  NOT “When did you get veneers?”

Costs of Porcelain Veneers

02Having a smile that can help you improve your confidence is a priceless commodity. It allows you to laugh, smile willingly, speak boldly, and live happily. You really can’t put a price on something so valuable that has a lasting impression on both you and the people you meet.

When it comes to the average cost of porcelain veneers in Houston, Texas, the prices vary depending on the number of porcelain veneers you’re needing and the dentist who’ll be doing the procedure. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere in the ball park of $1000 to $2500 per tooth. While this may seem like a large amount to be paying for a single tooth, the investment is well worth it and lasts a good number of years; some individuals even have their veneers for decades and are still in great shape. Plus, there are simply no words to describe the overwhelming pride that you’ll have afterwards. Not having to worry about what others may think of your teeth, or to be embarrassed to smile is a life changing experience for many people.

To make porcelain veneers more affordable, Dr. Mitchmore’s dental office has in-office financing that helps you spread the cost of the procedure over a few months to a few years. This is a great option for those who are trying to leverage their finances and don’t want to pay such a large sum all in one go.

A cost savings can be passed on to you when multiple veneers are done at the same time versus just have one or two.

The Procedure

Having porcelain veneers done is a great experience that many would consider more relaxing then getting braces or other extensive and long procedures. At Dr. Mitchmore’s office in Houston, he and his staff will do everything they can to make the experience as comfortable and enjoyable for you.

The first step in gettingveneers is to prepare the teeth, that is done by shaving a tiny layer off the tooth, measuring anywhere from .3 to .5 millimeters, to make room for the veneers so that you don’t end up with bulky looking teeth. This is about the thickness of a fingernail.  The dentist then makes an impression of your teeth using the advanced 3-D camera!  No more gooey, gaggey smelly impressions to run down your throat!   The 3-D digital scan is also green.  No chemicals to mix up and throw away.  No wasted packaging and fuel for shipping models back and forth to the lab.  The digital scan is sent to the laboratory via the internet and light speed.   The laboratory where highly trained technicians that have trained with Dr Mitchmore will create your porcelain veneers.

This is called minimum to no prep veneers.  Dr. Mitchmore uses the least invasive technique possible.  Many times no anesthesia at all is needed.

Prior to the creation of your veneers, Dr. Mitchmore will work with you closely to come up with a desirable design for your new teeth; one that’s natural and flattering to your facial features, skin tone, and personality.

Once the porcelain veneers have been made, another appointment is set to try them on. During this time, your dentist will make sure that the fit, shape and size are perfect and to your liking. They do this by using a temporary paste to hold the veneers on your tooth before permanently bonding them. This would be the perfect time to bring up any reservations or concerns you may have so that it can be addressed before the porcelain veneers go on permanently. Once your dentist has gotten your approval on the veneers, the bonding will commence.

Dr. Mitchmore uses the latest and most advanced materials and technology when it comes to bonding porcelain veneers. You will be well pleased with his work, as many patients can testify to his immaculate attention to detail and precision techniques.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

The benefits of getting porcelain veneers are incredible and can improve your self esteem instantly. As far as cosmetic dentistry goes, veneers have the most authentic look to them and are practically undetectable even when someone is observing them up close. Because of their translucent and glass like appearance, porcelain veneers easily mimic the characteristics of real teeth. That is why we call our crowns and veneers “Biomimetic”.  Veneers can also act as “instant orthodontics” by straightening your teeth in a matter of two visits.

Many of our patients report with  their more professional and sophisticated appearance coupled with improved self confidence they see results in significantly more financial income.  We can argue whether it is right or wrong, but the fact remains that most people make judgments and especially first impressions based on your appearance.

Recently a young man came to the office with the profound statement that “I want my smile to look like I am the CEO of this company, because that is what I plan to be!”

Once you have porcelain veneers, you can basically treat them like your own teeth because in essence they are. Drink your wine and coffee, eat your chocolate, bite your corn and sink them into a nice juicy steak; the best part is they’ll stay as clean and as bright as the day you got them. Unlike real teeth, porcelain veneers are stain resistant, a quality that the heated ceramic used to make the porcelain has.

Maintaining your porcelain veneers isn’t hard and is as simple as brushing and flossing daily, just like what you would do with your normal teeth. Whitening your teeth will never be an issue again because the veneers will stay clean and bright regardless of the foods you eat and the beverages you drink.

In addition, porcelain veneers can fix crooked and uneven teeth faster than wearing braces. They also improve the shape, color and size of your teeth, giving you an even and beautiful looking smile. And for those with teeth sensitivity, getting porcelain veneers will help strengthen your teeth lessening the pain you feel when eating certain foods that are hot or cold.

Some of the most advanced and high quality porcelain veneers can last as long as 10-20 years, which is dependent on the skill level of the dentist as well as the materials used. Unfortunately not all dentists have the same training, skills, talent care or judgment.  That is why you cannot comparison shop veneers based on cost alone.  Dr. Mitchmore is honored to be one of the few dentists in the country to be named a Master of The Academy of General Dentistry.  Having an attractive, bright and worry less smile is a dream come true for most individuals. Let Dr. Randy Mitchmore make your dream come true and give you a fabulous smile with porcelain veneers.

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