A lot can happen to your teeth in the course of a lifetime.

Your teeth can become chipped or broken. Your teeth can turn yellow.

Then again, you may be one of the hundreds of millions of people who were not born with perfect teeth. Gaps in your smile or crooked teeth can make some people self-conscious about their smiles.

Fortunately, there is a dental service that can address all the issues mentioned above and many more problems. And you can get this service — dental veneers — at Houston Uptown Dentists.

Veneers are generally considered a cosmetic service, but as we noted above, they also can have restorative purposes. If you are interested in finding out if veneers are a good option for you, call 832-463-1021 or contact us online for an appointment at our dentist office in Houston, TX.

How Dental Veneers Work

You may have seen or even worn fake fingernails at one time or another. These cover your natural nails to give you the appearance of stronger, longer, and nicer-looking fingernails.

In a sense, dental veneers do something similar for your smile. Veneers are like small shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to change their appearance.

There is one important difference we must mention between fake nails and veneers, however. Fake nails might last a few weeks or a month or more if you are diligent about maintaining them. Dental veneers, on the other hand, can last more than a decade with proper care and maintenance.

Kinds Of Dental Veneers

At Houston Uptown Dentists, we offer both porcelain and no-prep or minimal-prep veneers. We will explain the difference in a moment. For now, we want you to know that either option will look like a natural part of your smile.

You can get a single veneer to fix an issue with one tooth. You can get a few veneers, to fix problems with multiple teeth. You can even get a full set of veneers to completely transform your smile.

Regardless of which kind you get, your veneers will be made at a high-end laboratory so you can trust that they will look great and can last a long time.

The difference in porcelain and no-prep veneers is one step in the process. To make room for porcelain veneers, we will need to remove a thin-layer of enamel from your teeth. Your veneers will be custom-made to fit your teeth without affecting your profile.

No-prep veneers, such as Lumineers, are much thinner. They are so thin, in fact, that we often don’t have to remove any enamel from your teeth. But like porcelain veneers, no-prep veneers are custom-designed for each individual patient.

Dental Veneers For Cosmetic Care

Within cosmetic dentistry, veneers may be the most versatile service that we offer. Veneers can be used to conceal all of these issues:

■ Discolored or stained teeth

■ Crooked teeth

■ Crowded teeth

■ Gaps between teeth

■ Teeth that are different sizes and shapes

Veneers can give you a smile that is as bright and white as you would like it to be. Veneers can make your smile looks straight with even spaces between your teeth. And veneers can give you a smile with teeth that complement one another for a better smile.

Dental Veneers For Restorative Care

We mentioned this earlier, but veneers can do more than fix things that you may consider flaws in your smile. Veneers can restore your teeth, too. This can make your smile look as good, or maybe better, than it ever has.

Whether you have a small chip or crack in a tooth or a larger break, a veneer may be just what you need to repair your smile.

The Biggest Thing That Veneers Can Do

When we speak about veneers’ versatility, it’s not just because of the many issues they can fix. It’s also because you can fix multiple issues at the same time.

And since veneers can be long-lasting, that makes them an investment in your smile.

This brings us to something that we haven’t mentioned, and it may be the most important thing that veneers can do.

We have seen the profound effect a nice smile can have on multiple patients’ self-esteem and self-confidence. We’ve also seen tears of joy on the faces of many patients the first time they saw their smiles with their veneers.

We want every patient who visits Houston Uptown Dentists to leave feeling good about their smiles. To find out if veneers or another of our services could help you feel that way, call 832-463-1021 or fill out our online form today. Requesting a consultation could be your first step toward a better smile!