People with perfect teeth are few and far between. Most of us have at least a couple cosmetic flaws, such as a chipped tooth, variations in tooth size or alignment, or deep staining from a reaction to a drug such as tetracycline during childhood. At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we use porcelain veneers to correct these cosmetic flaws and give you a flawless smile.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells placed over the fronts of your natural teeth to alter the tooth shape, size, color, or position. They cover the underlying flaws and imperfections. At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we use only porcelain veneers because of their close resemblance to natural tooth enamel.
What Cosmetic Problems Can Veneers Fix?
We use porcelain veneers to address a variety of cosmetic dental issues:
- Conceal chips
- Close gaps between teeth
- Revitalize the surface of a tooth or teeth
- Cover badly stained or discolored teeth
- Mask alignment problems
- Cover cracks
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
They 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. Veneers simply cover cosmetic problems.
Why Do We Use Porcelain?
Some dentists offer veneers made from composite resin. At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we only use porcelain veneers. Why? Porcelain has a translucence that closely matches that of your natural tooth enamel. It tends to absorb and reflect light in a similar fashion. Plus, porcelain has high strength, durability, hardiness, and is very resistant to staining.
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, we begin with a thorough cleaning of your teeth. If necessary, we may also use whitening to remove stains from coffee, red wine, and the like. We want to return your teeth to their natural color first. At this point, Dr. Brown or Dr. Vaughn uses a shade guide to determine the color of your veneers to match your adjacent natural teeth.
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. Once we’re satisfied with the fit, your veneers are permanently placed onto your teeth.
Is Getting Veneers Painful?
Some patients feel mild sensitivity during the process of shaving off the enamel to make room for the veneers. Anesthesia is available, but most patients don’t feel the need. Cementing the veneers to your teeth is painless. Once you have the veneers on your teeth, you may experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold due to the removal of the outer portion of the tooth enamel. This sensitivity goes away within a few days.
Porcelain Veneers Maintenance
You care for your veneers just as you do your natural teeth; brushing and flossing is all that’s needed. Although the porcelain veneers and the underlying cement are incredibly strong, you still should use some common sense with what you eat, avoiding things such as using your teeth to open pistachios or biting into candy apples.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The lifespan of your porcelain veneers can be dependent on the health of the underlying teeth and surrounding gums. Porcelain veneers will generally last from seven to 20 years.
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. Once your veneers reach their lifespan, you’ll need to have a new set made to replace them.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about the veneers procedure, call (321) 372-7700 to schedule a consultation at Implant Dentistry of Florida.