Short of movie stars, not many people have perfect teeth. Surprise — the movie stars don’t have perfect teeth, either. They have porcelain veneers covering their dental problems!
Reality is, everyone has at least some issues with his or her teeth. It may be a chipped tooth, a misshapen tooth, gaps between teeth, uneven or crooked teeth, or badly stained teeth. Fixing this assortment of issues structurally can be a daunting and expensive task. Better yet, why not just cover those flaws cosmetically by having Dr. Brown or Dr. Martinez place porcelain veneers on your teeth?
Like a cheesy swampland sale down on Tamiami Trail, this is a cover-up that merits investigation.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers get their name from furniture at the Orlando IKEA. OK, maybe not exactly, but the idea is the same. On a piece of furniture, often a higher quality wood shell covers up lesser wood beneath. Veneers do the same thing on teeth — cover up imperfections. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded onto the front surfaces of the teeth to cover up any imperfections and dramatically improve the patient’s smile. At Implant Dentistry, we use porcelain veneers to completely reshape and beautify a patient’s smile.
Why porcelain veneers?
If the patient’s teeth are in overall good health, porcelain veneers offer a solution to various dental imperfections without extended treatment times and at a far lower cost. Veneers are used to conceal crooked, chipped, misshapen, or severely stained or yellowed teeth. And they can do all this in just two visits to our offices.
It is important to note, however, that veneers are cosmetic only. They cannot cover problems such as decay, and they cannot be placed on fractured or weak teeth. Any problems with your teeth need to be addressed before even considering veneers.
What can I expect during my porcelain veneer procedure?
During your first visit to our beautiful Melbourne offices, your teeth are prepared for the veneers. About ½ millimeter of enamel is removed from each tooth that will receive a veneer. This is needed to make room for the veneers. This also makes a good adhesive surface for the veneers to attach to. Now it’s time to take impressions of your teeth with the enamel removed. These impressions, along with photos, will provide the blueprint for the dental lab to create your veneers. It usually takes one to two weeks to fabricate your veneers. In in interim, we place temporary veneers.
When your veneers are ready, you return for your second office visit. Dr. Brown or Dr. Martinez checks each veneer for size and color match with the adjacent natural teeth. Some trimming may be necessary. Once satisfied with the fit, the veneers are bonded onto your teeth.
It’s important to understand that porcelain veneers are not a single one-and-done procedure. Because some of your enamel is removed on your natural teeth, they need to have veneers covering the tooth surfaces where the enamel was removed…forever. So, when your set of veneers begins to deteriorate in around 10 years, it will be necessary to get a new set of veneers at that time.
Just because you have problems with your teeth such as a space or two between teeth, don’t think you have to devote endless hours and unseen cash to fixing them. Porcelain veneers with our team at Implant Dentistry of Florida are a beautiful answer. Call us at (321) 372-7700 to make an appointment.