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Louis A. Russell, Jr., DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Russell Family Dentistry

Louis A. Russell, Jr., DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Tomball, TX

If your teeth are chipped, cracked, or stained, veneers can transform your smile, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. At Russell Family Dentistry in Tomball, Texas, Louis Russell Jr., DDS, uses e.max® porcelain veneers. These veneers are thinner and more aesthetically pleasing than traditional porcelain, but just as durable. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring team member today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are custom-tailored wafer-thin shells of porcelain attached to the front of your teeth. It’s possible to get only one or two veneers, but most people get six or eight to restore balance and symmetry to their smiles.

Porcelain veneers are strong and resistant to stains. With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, veneers can last between 10-15 years and sometimes even longer. 

What issues can veneers correct?

Dr. Russell uses veneers to correct various oral issues, including:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Smaller-than-average teeth
  • Stains that professional teeth whitening can’t lift

He also uses veneers to reduce gaps or spaces between teeth. 

Who is a good candidate for veneers?

To receive veneers, you need healthy teeth and gums. If you have cavities or gum disease, you don’t qualify for treatment. Following a thorough in-office consultation, Dr. Russell can develop a custom care plan.

What is the process of getting veneers?

Getting veneers usually takes two appointments spaced several weeks apart. At your initial consultation, Dr. Russell orders X-rays and performs a comprehensive oral exam. If your teeth and gums appear healthy, he prepares your teeth to receive veneers. 

Dr. Russell administers a local anesthetic. He carefully shaves a thin layer of enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer — about one millimeter thick. After preparing your teeth, Dr. Russell makes impressions. He sends your impressions to a laboratory that creates your custom veneers.

About two weeks later, you return to Russell Family Dentistry. Dr. Russell checks the fit of your veneers and ensures they meet your satisfaction. He lines up your veneers and bonds them to the front of your teeth using dental cement.

Once the cement dries, Dr. Russell makes necessary alterations to ensure a comfortable bite. After he makes the adjustments, you leave the office with a beautiful, symmetrical smile.

How do I prevent damage to my veneers?

The easiest way to prevent damage to your veneers is by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Russell recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and avoiding bad habits like nail-biting or opening objects with your teeth. If you play contact sports or grind your teeth, wear a mouthguard or night guard.

To see if you’re a candidate for veneers, schedule an appointment at Russell Family Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative team today.