Porcelain Veneers – Lake Wales Dental
For Fixing Chipped or Discolored Teeth
Why Should I Get Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are customized shells placed on the front of the tooth; they are very thin and are bonded directly to the surface of the enamel.
In many situations where patients wish to make relatively extensive aesthetic changes to their teeth, a cosmetic dentist will recommend veneers. This treatment can be used to cover:
- Teeth that have become chipped, cracked or broken due to physical trauma
- Stained or otherwise discolored teeth (usually in cases where teeth whitening wouldn’t be effective)
- Worn down, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Small gaps
Let us know exactly what kind of changes you want; we’ll help you figure out if porcelain veneers are the answer you’re looking for.
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
The advantages of porcelain veneers as a cosmetic treatment include:
- Natural Appearance: The shading of your veneers can be adjusted so that they look natural in the mouth. Furthermore, porcelain reflects light in a manner similar to that of the teeth.
- Stain Resistant: Unlike your natural teeth, which are somewhat porous, veneers have a sealed surface and thus won’t stain as easily.
- Durable: Compared to cosmetic bonding, veneers won’t be damaged as easily. They can last up to 15 years when well-cared for.
- Easy Maintenance: You can brush and floss as you normally would to keep your veneers in good shape.
The Veneer Process
First, you’ll need to meet with one of our highly-skilled dentists so that we can discuss what you’re hoping to achieve and help you set realistic expectations.
If you decide to move forward with the treatment, the next step will be to prepare the tooth’s surface, which will require removing a small amount of enamel. Afterwards, we’ll take impressions of your mouth that will be used to create your permanent veneers; we may give you temporary versions to wear in the meantime.
After two to four weeks, your veneers will be ready and, after any necessary adjustments, can be bonded with the tooth using a cement that’s hardened with a special light, completing your dazzling new smile. We might ask for a follow-up appointment in a couple of weeks so that we can make sure the veneer is secure and isn’t affecting the gums.