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Your tooth enamel has microscopic pores and textures on the surface. These pores and textures can actively trap minuscule dark particles from foods, beverages, and the tar from tobacco use. If these stains are not removed from your tooth enamel in a timely manner, they can turn your smile an unappealing shade of yellow.

Rather than performing periodic dental bleaching treatments to mitigate chronic staining problems, Dr. Brent Hawkins might recommend installing dental veneers. They are thin shells that are created from a special dental-grade porcelain at a professional dental lab. Each veneer is custom designed to match the unique shape of the teeth in your smile.

The porcelain material is shaded to look just like gleaming white tooth enamel and the material will not be as receptive to stains as natural tooth enamel. This will help you maintain your white smile for many years to come.

Your dentist will start with a thorough examination of each tooth that is visible in your smile. It’s important to ensure each tooth has sufficient healthy tooth enamel to anchor a veneer.

Should a tooth have an existing filling, new cavity, or another defect in the tooth enamel, he might recommend having the tooth completely restored with a dental crown.

Once all the teeth have been addressed, your dentist will use a drill to remove a small amount of enamel from the face of each tooth. This prepares the surface of the tooth so it can securely hold the dental veneer in place. Next, he will create an impression of each tooth in your smile. This will be sent to a dental lab where your custom dental veneers will be produced.

You will need to come back for a second appointment when the final veneers are ready. Dr. Brent Hawkins will then cement the corresponding veneer in place.

If you live in the Amarillo, Texas, area and you are interested in having dental veneers improve your smile, you should call 806-353-4361 to schedule an appointment at Hawkins Dental Group.