People with perfect teeth are few and far between. Most of us have at least a couple of cosmetic flaws, such as a chipped tooth, variations in tooth size or alignment, or deep staining. At Implant Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Brown and Dr. Vaughn use porcelain veneers to correct these cosmetic flaws and give you a flawless smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain placed over the fronts of your natural teeth to alter the tooth shape, size, color, or position. Veneers simply cover cosmetic problems such as flaws and imperfections. The veneer shell can be removable but are more commonly permanent solutions to cover the damaged teeth.
What Issues Can Dental Veneers Resolve?
We use porcelain veneers to address a variety of cosmetic dental issues including:
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained or discolored teeth
- Covering cracks
- Masking alignment problems
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth or teeth
Who Is a Candidate for Veneers?
The key to deciding if porcelain veneers would be a good solution for your dental problems is the extent of those problems. Veneers are only a cosmetic solution, applied to healthy teeth. If you have dental issues such as gum disease, decayed teeth, deeply cracked teeth, and the like, these problems must be taken care of before veneers can be applied. If a tooth is overly weak from a crack or excessive decay, a crown could be a better alternative.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Some dentists offer veneers made from composite resin. At Implant Dentistry of Florida, Drs. Brown and Vaughn only use porcelain veneers. This is because porcelain has a translucence that closely matches that of your natural tooth enamel by absorbing and reflecting light in a similar fashion. Plus, porcelain has high strength, durability, hardiness, and is very resistant to staining. Additionally, during the procedure to place veneers, our staff does not have to remove much of the natural tooth material and veneers cost less than crowns.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we are able to complete the porcelain veneer procedure using CEREC 3D technology in one single visit. During your appointment, our staff will thoroughly clean your teeth. If necessary, we may also use teeth whitening to remove stains in order to return your teeth to their natural color. At this point, Dr. Brown or Dr. Vaughn will use a shade guide to determine the color of your veneers to match them to your adjacent natural teeth.
Just a few minutes later, when your custom porcelain veneers are ready, we check the fit and the color match of each veneer. Sometimes this may involve shaving a corner here or there, this is the only part of the procedure that patients may feel mild sensitivity. Once we’re satisfied with the fit, your veneers are permanently placed on your teeth.
Are There Side Effects from Veneers?
Once the veneers are on your teeth, patients may experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks. This is due to the removal of the outer portion of the tooth enamel. The sensitivity should go away within a few days.
Results of Porcelain Veneers
It’s important to understand that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. Because we remove a portion of the enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer, those teeth will always need to have veneers on them. The lifespan of your porcelain veneers will depend on the health of the underlying teeth and surrounding gums. Porcelain veneers will generally last from seven to 20 years. Once your veneers reach their lifespan, Drs. Brown and Vaughn would be happy to have a new set created to replace them.
“I recently visited Dr. Browns office and the entire staff there is a pleasure to work with. They are very empathic to your needs and follow up with you. Dr. Brown was outstanding in dealing with my dental needs. I highly recommend him and his staff.” – Doug M.
How Can I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
Patients can care for their porcelain veneers the same way as they care for their natural teeth. This includes brushing and flossing daily. Although, Drs. Brown and Vaughn recommend non-abrasive toothpaste in order to extend the durability of the veneer. Although the porcelain veneers and the underlying cement are incredibly strong, patients still should use some caution with certain foods, avoiding things such as using your teeth to open pistachios or biting into candy apples.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, please call (321) 372-7700 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Brown, Dr. Vaughn, and the staff at Implant Dentistry of Florida serve Melbourne and surrounding areas in Florida.