Dental veneers are also often referred to as porcelain veneers. These are customized wafer-thin shells made of material that match the color of your tooth/teeth. Hence, they are helpful in concealing the teeth’s front surface and thereby enhancing your overall appearance.
Get your dream smile with veneers
At All Dental Tampa in Florida, our team of dental professionals have helped many patients improve their self-confidence and self-esteem with the help of veneers. Dental veneers are an excellent choice for correcting chipped, stained, crooked or decayed teeth. It is important to know that veneers are typically made in a clinical lab by an orthodontic technician. The technician uses the model provided by the dentist to construct the veneers.
Types of Veneers
Dental veneers are usually made of either resin composite or porcelain. At your initial consultation, the dentist will do a comprehensive assessment of your mouth and the condition of your teeth. This will enable them to suggest the best option for dental veneers in your specific case. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers are better at resisting stains as compared to resin veneers. Further they can easily imitate your natural teeth’s light reflecting qualities.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin shells that are attached to the front of your teeth. Here’s a summary of their key benefits:
- Strong and durable
- Don’t have an artificial appearance i.e. look absolutely natural
- More stain-resistant than resin composite veneers
- Less amount of tooth enamel is removed when porcelain veneers are used
Composite resin veneers
Composite resin veneers are constructed from filling material that matches the color of the patient’s tooth and are bonded in a similar way as porcelain veneers. The key advantages of composite resin dental veneers include the following:
- Usually lesser dental visits are required for bonding these veneers and they are less expensive than their porcelain counterparts
- If damaged, these veneers can be easily fixed
Advantages of veneers
Even though dental veneers are considered to be a part of ornamental dentistry since they help in rejuvenating smiles by offering shapely and well-aligned teeth, they have additional protective qualities too. The requirement for other extensive treatments may be eliminated with the use of veneers.
Irrespective of the cause behind unattractive teeth, veneers offer a solution for nearly all aesthetic dental concerns.
What conditions can veneers treat?
Worn-out enamel: It is common for the tooth enamel to become dull or get worn out over a period of time. This usually results from the consumption of beverages such as tea and coffee and due to other reasons like smoking and genetic predisposition. Veneers work extremely well to repair your stained/decayed teeth and restore your beautiful smile.
Irregular teeth: Some people may have irregular teeth due to reasons such as gnashing/grinding or due to general weathering. This can affect their bite besides taking away from their natural smile. Veneers can address these concerns quite effectively.
Cracked/chipped teeth: You may have a cracked or chipped tooth (or teeth) due to an injury/accident. The natural aging process can also cause your teeth to weather and chip over time. This uneven appearance of your teeth can be corrected with the help of veneers.
Besides the above benefits, veneers also serve as an excellent option for those who have genetically misaligned teeth i.e. abnormal spacing or gaps between teeth.
Am I a candidate for veneers?
How do you know if you’re a candidate for dental veneers? Well, in order to determine candidacy, you need to schedule an initial consultation with your dentist. During this consultation, he/she will evaluate your oral health and discuss the suitable treatment options.
At All Dental Tampa we prefer to consider those options which are least invasive and cause minimal discomfort and entail quick recovery for the patient. If veneers are suggested as the ideal option in a specific case, the next part of the process would involve a comprehensive review of the treatment details. This typically includes preparation of the teeth for the particular veneer procedure so that they fit and function correctly.
The procedure for veneers
The procedure for veneer placement usually requires two appointments. In case of prefabricated veneers, only a single appointment is sufficient. Porcelain veneers (which are created in a clinical laboratory) are usually more common and are placed in the following way: the placement of veneers does not generally require the administration of local anesthesia. But this depends on the sensitivity levels of each individual patient and it may be used in some cases.
The dentist begins the procedure by cleaning the affected tooth/teeth and identifying the right veneer shade. A small portion of the tooth enamel is then removed in order to create room for the veneer placement. In case of porcelain veneers, the tooth’s impression is created in the laboratory and in the meantime, a provisional veneer is placed on the patient’s tooth.
Placing the veneers
When the permanent veneer is received from the lab, the dentist removes the temporary one and cleans the tooth with water and pumice. This is followed by the etching of the veneer and thorough rinsing and air-drying. The veneer is bonded to the teeth with the help of a clinical adhesive to ensure the perfect fit.
Finally, the veneer will be cured under a light for a minute so that it gets attached to the patient’s tooth structure. Veneers usually last for anywhere between 7 to 15 years. Once this time frame expires, they may need replacement.
Taking care of your veneers
The good news is that a dental veneer does not usually demand a lot of care. Yet, it is important to adopt good oral care habits, including brushing, flossing and rinsing (using antiseptic mouthwash).
While porcelain veneers are designed to resist stains, you might be advised to avoid all kinds of stain-causing drinks and foods such as tea, coffee and red wine as much as possible. The cost of veneers usually falls in the range of $1,000-$2,000 per tooth.
If you would like to know more about what we have to offer, or you’d like to book an appointment with a member of our professional dental team, contact us at All Dental Tampa today!