Zirconium Crowns

Zirconium crowns consist of zirconium oxide or zirconium. Zirconium is a white metal which displays radiopaque features in X-rays. In addition, the tooth color is whiter than that of other treatment options. Unlike conventional metal-based ceramic crowns no unattractive gray line is visible.

Zirconium crowns are one of the most important and highly recommended crown types recently. Individuals who want aesthetic artificial teeth prefer zirconium crowns. Patients often wonder about the composition or materials used in the production of zirconium crowns.

Zirconium crowns consist of zirconium oxide or zirconium. Zirconium is a white metal which displays radiopaque features in X-rays. In addition, the tooth color is whiter than that of other treatment options. Unlike conventional metal-based ceramic crowns no unattractive gray line is visible.

Zirconium crowns are known to have a natural appearance. Zirconium crowns are often difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. When metal-based crowns are used, it is recommended to attach zirconium crowns to the teeth to give a more natural appearance to the teeth because the gum line tends to darken.

Zirconium crowns are happily accepted by the tissues in the mouth. Zirconium crowns work really well after the zirconium crown treatment is completed. Zirconium crowns have an equal lifetime compared to normal crowns.

Most dental crowns are corroded by patients during regular use for years. Various fluids and foods consumed over the years cause dental crowns to corrode. Zirconium crowns are not corroded like other dental crown types, which greatly contributes to their longevity.

The latest dental technologies are used successfully in the production of zirconium crowns. The best part is the protection of a large number of natural teeth, which saves a lot of time in the procedure. The dentist only needs to make minimum preparations to install zirconium crowns on the respective teeth.

These crowns are produced with CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design – Computer Aided Milling) technology, the latest technology in digital dentistry. Therefore, zirconium crowns are of great benefit to individuals who want to get permanent aesthetic solutions for their damaged teeth. Zirconium crowns are one of the best treatment options in modern times.

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of the tooth. Veneers are an ideal way to correct stained, spaced, chipped, or crooked teeth. In just two visits, veneers will transform your smile into a bright, straight, natural-looking smile.

At Smile Texas, we use porcelain veneers and gentle no-prep veneer alternatives. Porcelain veneers are designed in a style and proportion to fit your face, to look naturally beautiful, and give you a great new smile you’ll be proud to show off. Veneers make your smile straight, white, resistant to staining and discoloring, and in many cases are stronger than your natural teeth. The end result is what we call a “Smile Makeover” because your beautiful, new smile will make you feel more attractive, confident, and like a new you!


Dental veneers are an excellent option for many patients. During your initial consultation with our dentists at Smile Texas, we will perform a brief oral examination to make sure you’re a good candidate for veneers. Typically, patients who are suitable for this procedure have good jaw and oral health, don’t smoke, have moderately straight teeth, and want to fix some cosmetic imperfections.


How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Many factors contribute to the cost of a Smile Makeover using dental veneers.  Things like the number of teeth to be restored, the amount of tooth preparation required, will the bite alignment need to be adjusted by restoring teeth in the back of the mouth, all impact the cost of a procedure.  We never want to give an inaccurate quote.

This is why we offer a Complimentary Consultation that includes any necessary X-rays and a thorough exam.  At the end of this Free Consultation, we will give you a written, all-inclusive quote that is customized just for you.  Rest assured that our fees are extremely competitive and we have amazing financing alternatives.  We will try our hardest to help you get the life-changing smile you deserve.

What Are Dental Veneers Made Of?

Here at Smile Texas, we offer patients two types of dental veneers: porcelain veneers and no-prep veneers. Porcelain veneers are the most common type of dental veneer and require us to sand down your existing teeth to place them on top. With no-prep veneers, however, they are so thin that we can put them on top of your existing teeth without having to prep them beforehand.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

There is no limit to how long your porcelain veneers can last. Unlike a natural tooth (which is porous and can easily stain over time) the material used in porcelain veneers is non-porous and virtually immune to staining. Further, when your porcelain veneer is bonded to your natural tooth it acts as a protective shell. As a result, they are strong and highly durable. Of course, like a natural tooth, they could be damaged by misuse or an accident. And if the supporting natural tooth developed an issue such as from gum disease, then the entire tooth and veneer could be jeopardized. But with proper brushing and flossing, this is very rare. At Smile Texas we have been placing all-porcelain veneers and crowns since 2003. We have thousands of patients with veneers that are over fifteen years old and still look amazing!

Are There Any Risks Receiving Dental Veneers?

There aren’t many risks associated with dental veneers when they’re applied by dental professionals like our dentists at Smile Texas. However, much like with any oral procedure, there are a few slight risks including dentin damage, a change in alignment, an increase in dental sensitivity, and mild discomfort when eating. In extreme and very rare cases, some patients may suffer from tooth grinding (bruxism) and jaw pain.


He includes four classifications to clarify how much tooth enamel remains after preparation, as well as how much dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) is exposed.

Class I – No-preparation or practically prep-less veneers: 95{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} to 100{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} of enamel volume remains. It is best to determine a finish line to provide a perfectly smooth margin between the porcelain and the tooth. Otherwise, there will be a bump where the porcelain begins. But so little enamel is removed with Class I preparation that the finish line may only be visible under magnification. Dr. LeSage considers this the ideal preparation.

Diagram of Class I little to no porcelain veneer preparations. This classification was established by Beverly Hills accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian LeSage.

Class II – Minimally invasive or modified prep-less veneers: 80{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} to 95{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} of enamel volume remains, and 10{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} to 20{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} of dentin is exposed. In some cases, because of tooth position or shape, the ideal Class I preparation isn’t practical. Class II, a slightly less conservative option, is used instead.

Diagram of Class II modified porcelain veneer preparations. This classification was established by Beverly Hills accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian LeSage.

Class III – Conservative preparation: 50{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} to 80{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} of enamel volume remains, and 20{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} to 50{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} dentin is exposed.

Diagram of Class III porcelain veneer preparations with conservative reduction. This classification was established by Beverly Hills accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian LeSage.

Class IV – Conventional preparation: Less than of enamel volume remains, and greater than 50{f2dfb5142e204f9c0f138d88d3fbe42e7d795c1a51f671e0f337457d670836a6} of dentin is exposed. Unfortunately, this veneer preparation type has become almost universally accepted for placing full veneers. But with so much enamel removed, the strength of the veneers is compromised and their lifespan is shortened.Diagram of Class IV conventional porcelain veneer preparations. This classification was established by Beverly Hills accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian LeSage.


Porcelain Veneer Procedure

Placing Porcelain Veneers properly and effectively is a skill all on its one, and requires precise and artistic talent from a cosmetic dentist. At Smile Texas, it will take only two, that’s right only two visits to get the smile you want!

What To Expect On Your First Visit

On your first visit, our doctors will give you a consultation regarding what you are expecting. a lot of points will be discussed such as the shape, size, and even the color of the veneers you want. We will begin preparation on your teeth, and we will give you temporaries until our master ceramist creates your perfect veneers. Upon your second visit, your veneers will have been created and we will place them directly on your teeth. And that’s it your brand new smile is here in less than 1 week!


Are you interested in getting dental veneers for a brand new smile, but you are concerned about how long the procedure is? More specifically, are you concerned about the recovery time with the porcelain veneers procedure?

Our Houston dentists are here to inform you about all of these details so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing this cosmetic dentistry service to revitalize your smile!

How long does the veneers procedure take?

Did you know that the veneers procedure at our office is completed in two office visits (maximum of two hours each, unless sedation is used)?

    • After you receive the treatment, patients can return to work that same day, and also resume normal activities that day, too. As a matter of fact, we have had patients go on trips the next day, workout, return to work, or be on national television shortly after the procedure was finished!
    • If you receive sedation dentistry with the veneers procedure, however, you will need the rest of the day to recuperate. Furthermore, someone will need to drive you home after the appointment since you will be unable to drive for the remainder of the day. The next day, though, you can definitely return to normal activities, as you will not have discomfort after the 24-hour period.

Rest assured, patients always leave our office with a gorgeous smile! The custom-made temporaries we create for you after your first veneers appointment are beautiful and comfortable, too. As you can see, the veneers procedure is quick, stress-free, and painless, too!


Porcelain Veneers Can Fix Varying Problems

One of the biggest reasons why patients love dental veneers is that they can fix a variety of issues with just one procedure. Dental veneers can:

  • Repair small, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Fill in unsightly gaps and spaces
  • Cover severe stains or dark colors
  • Make your teeth straight and white

Porcelain Veneers Results

Porcelain veneers are the perfect choice for covering up chips, cracks, and issues with teeth. Because porcelain veneers are custom-made and fitted to your teeth, they are easily customizable and can do more than change the color of your teeth. Crooked and chipped teeth can have their appearances improved to give you a beautiful new smile. porcelain crowns, or caps, that can be color-matched to your veneers are useful for covering up missing teeth and help with other issues.

Take a look at our Smile Gallery,  It has a comprehensive list of before and after photos to show you the results of many of our happy patients. We are committed to excellence and feel its important to get a first-hand view of how well veneers look.


An abutment is a tooth or part of a dental implant that a prosthetic appliance (a bridge or artificial crown) is attached to for support.


An abscess is a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue. An abscessed tooth is an infected tooth that has caused an abscess in the gum.

ADA Seal of Acceptance

The ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance is a scientifically evaluated seal on approved products. To earn a Seal, companies are asked to meet higher standards than what is required by law. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on products like toothpaste and mouthwash.

Alloplastic Material

Alloplastic material is a biological material used in grafting, either manufactured completely synthetically, or produced by processing xenogeneic types of tissue and/or structures.


Anesthesia is a type of medication which produces the loss of sensation with or without loss of consciousness. Numbing a tooth is an example of local anesthesia. General anesthesia causes partial or complete unconsciousness.

Alveolar Bone

The alveolar bone is the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth anchoring it in place.


Amalgam is a mixture of mercury (50/50) with a combination of silver, tin, copper and other metals used to fill cavities. Amalgam has been used in dentistry for over 150 years.

Anaerobic Bacteria

Anaerobic bacteria a type of bacteria that does not need oxygen to grow, typically associated with periodontal disease.


An antibiotic is a type of medication that stops or slows the growth of bacteria.


An antiseptic is a chemical agent that can be applied to living tissues to destroy germs. An example of an antiseptic product could be a mouthwash.


The apex is the tip of the root to the tooth.


An appliance is any removable dental restoration or orthodontic device. Examples of dental appliances are dentures, retainers, Invisalign®, etc.


An avulsion is when entire tooth, including the root is knocked out.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay is tooth decay in infants or small children caused from the use of bottles or sippy-cups. Typically affecting the front teeth, these types of cups allow liquids and sugars to cling to the teeth for long periods of time and ultimately cause decay and discoloration of the teeth. Also known as “early childhood caries”.


Bicuspids are the fourth and fifth teeth from the front teeth to the back of the mouth. These teeth are used for chewing and only have two points (cusps). Adults have eight bicuspids, also known as premolars, two in front of each group of molars.


Bilateral pertains to both right and left sides of the mouth.


A biopsy is the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body.


The bite is the relationship between your upper and lower teeth when closing your jaw (occlusion).


Bleaching is a chemical treatment of peroxide used on the natural teeth to have a whitening effect.

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