Do you have stained or damaged teeth? You can address multiple cosmetic dental problems with porcelain veneers in Sarasota, FL. Dental veneers can brighten teeth, cover tooth discoloration, close spaces between teeth, and correct crooked teeth. They can even repair chips, wear, or cracks in teeth. Whether you have a single damaged tooth or want to address several teeth in your smile, dental veneers can help.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin, custom made shells that are made of dental-grade porcelain. Your dentist will bond them to the front part of your teeth to completely alter the appearance of your smile. Dentist use them to address various dental imperfections including:
- Fix gaps between teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth
- Change the shape or length of teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
These cosmetic dental restorations are 0.3 to 0.5 millimeters thin. They are custom made to blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth and to match the aesthetics of your face and smile. Your dentist will create a new smile using porcelain veneers that is symmetrical, brighter, and radiant.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
You will most likely qualify for porcelain veneers. If you are in good health, good oral health, and have oral hygiene habits, you can likely get dental veneers. Before Dr. Benson will treat you with teeth veneers, you will need to schedule a consultation first. Here, he will assess your oral health and discuss your goals. Generally, you should have:
- Sufficient Tooth Enamel: During the porcelain veneer procedure, Dr. Benson will remove a small amount of enamel to make room for the restoration. It is important to have enough enamel for this process.
- Good Oral Health: Issues like gum disease or tooth decay need to be addressed before getting teeth veneers.
- Realistic Expectations: You must need have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. In order for the results to last, you must be willing to maintain proper oral hygiene once the veneers are in place.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers in Sarasota, FL
Typically, during veneer treatment, a dentist takes a dental impression to send to a dental lab. Dr. Benson uses computer-aided manufacturing and design alongside CEREC to provide more efficient treatment. This allows Dr. Benson to create veneers in our office in a single visit, without the wait times of having to send impressions to a dental lab.
We take impressions of the teeth with a handheld scanner, which creates a 3-D model of the smile. Then, we can design the custom veneer or veneers to address the treated teeth using computer software. Our milling machine then creates the veneers out of porcelain ceramic. Our technology allows us to create veneers that are matched to the exact color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. This allows veneers to be virtually indistinguishable from patients’ natural teeth.
To prepare the teeth for the veneers, we will etch into the tooth surface. Preparing the teeth allows the veneers to conform to each tooth and be more secure. Then, we check the veneers’ shape, size, and color before placing them with a bonding liquid. Finally, we polish the completed veneers for a natural sheen.
After this patients leave our office with renewed and restored smiles. It is important to remember to practice a good oral care routine at home, brushing and flossing twice daily to maintain your veneers and your overall oral health. We also recommend that patients schedule regular dental examinations and cleanings to keep up with the health of their teeth and their porcelain veneers.
Dental Veneer FAQs
Do you have further questions about how veneers can help your smile and the process for them? We welcome patients to continue reading to find read answers to commonly asked questions and to learn more about treatment with veneers:
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
Because veneers are made of ceramic material, they reflect light like natural teeth. We also color-match dental veneers so they blend in with the smile. Patients can address a single tooth or all of their teeth in the smile line. Additionally, with the proper dental care, your porcelain veneers can last many years.
How do I know if dental veneers are right for me?
We can help our patients determine if veneers are the right treatment for their smile with an examination. Patients with shortened teeth, tooth gaps, discoloration, and even slightly crooked teeth can be good veneer candidates. We will also need to address any oral health problems before veneer treatment to ensure that patients are healthy.
What can I eat and drink with veneers?
You can eat and drink normally with veneers. However, we do not recommend dark liquids like wine, tea, and coffee that can easily stain. Eating overly chewy or hard foods can also damage the veneers.
How long do dental veneers last?
Dental veneers are a long-lasting restoration lasting from 10 to 30 years. The lifespan of your veneers will depend on how you care for your veneers. Avoiding staining foods or drinks, brushing and flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly will keep your veneers bright.
How are dental veneers different from dental crowns?
The main different between veneers and crowns is the amount of tooth structure they cover. A dental veneer is thin and is placed only on the front surface of a tooth. It is primarily used to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth. A dental crown, on the other hand, is a dental restoration that is used to treat a tooth with extensive damage. The crown will encase the entire tooth to give it strength and preserve the entire tooth structure.
Can porcelain veneers fix crooked teeth?
Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of crooked teeth. The ultra thin shells are adhered to the front of the tooth to give the illusion of a straight tooth. This is an effective solution for patients with a mildly crooked smile. Your dentist will assess your misalignment to see if porcelain veneers is a suitable solution for you.
Request a Dental Consultation for Porcelain Veneers in Sarasota, FL
Do you want a brighter or straighter smile but don’t want to commit to braces or whitening treatment? Contact Integrated Dental today for porcelain veneers at 941-270-9755. You can also schedule your next dental visit with us on our website.