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. 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 Problems Can Veneers Fix?
We use porcelain veneers to address a variety of cosmetic dental issues:
- Close gaps between teeth
- Conceal chips
- Cover badly stained or discolored teeth
- Cover cracks
- Mask alignment problems
- Revitalize the surface of a tooth or teeth
Candidates for Porcelain 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 Porcelain Veneers
Some dentists offer veneers made from composite resin. At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we 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.
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 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 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.
Side Effects of Veneers
Once you have the veneers on your teeth, you 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.
Porcelain Veneers Maintenance
You care for your veneers just as you do your natural teeth; brushing and flossing is all that’s needed. Although, non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended to extend the durability of the veneer. 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.
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 can be dependent 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, you’ll need to have a new set made to replace them.