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Are cosmetic dental issues like tooth discoloration, a chipped tooth, a misaligned tooth or small gaps between your teeth making you feel bad about yourself? Porcelain dental veneers can help. Dental veneers can correct the appearance of healthy teeth that are just in need of small repairs in shape, color, positioning or size. Our qualified dentist is happy to discuss with you whether or not this is a cosmetic dental treatment that is right for you and your needs.
What Is the Purpose of Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers porcelain are made up of thin layers of thin porcelain. This dental porcelain is designed to mimic the function of tooth enamel. The veneers are actually adhered to the surface of the tooth, improving the outward appearance of your smile. They are most commonly utilized to improve issues such as:
- Size and shape: Porcelain veneers can make your teeth longer if your teeth have been worn down due to tooth grinding, or bruxism. They can also be used to address the shape of your teeth if your teeth are too square, too big, too round or too small for the size and shape of your face. In addition to addressing size and shape issues, dental veneers can be used to fix a chipped tooth. To do this, your dentist will place a veneer over the front of the chipped tooth. The veneer will fit securely and will blend in with your natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you have one.
- Tooth color: Have traditional whitening methods failed to brighten your yellow, dingy or discolored teeth? If so, porcelain dental veneers may be able to give you the bright smile you’ve always dreamed of. Many patients come to use with teeth that are discolored because of aging, using tobacco products, taking certain medications, or drinking coffee and tea. Veneers can restore the natural brightness of the teeth. Since they come in a variety of shades, you can choose how white you want your smile to be.
- Alignment and spacing: If you are no longer a teenager and still have small gaps in your smile, you probably don’t want to pursue the hassle of getting braces. In cases like this, dental veneers can be used to correct the appearance of gapped, misaligned or mildly crooked teeth.
At your initial consultation, our dentist will evaluate your needs and determine whether or not veneers are the solution to your cosmetic dental problems.
How Much Will My Bill for Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Many of our patients are concerned about what porcelain veneers cost. Once we know more about your situation, we will be able to provide you with an estimate of your bill. The amount you will be expected to pay will vary depending upon on the type of veneers you choose and the number of veneers that will be placed.
How Are Dental Veneers Put On?
Before the veneers are applied, a mold will be taken of your teeth. This is done to ensure that there will be a custom fit. After the mold has been taken, your dentist may need to remove a thin layer of the enamel of your tooth. The exact amount will depend on the type and brand of veneers that are being placed. Having veneers put on is painless. Once you have your veneer on, it will stay in place and it won’t stain. It will also feel and look as natural as the rest of your teeth.
What Is the Difference Between a Veneer and a Crown?
Porcelain crowns and porcelain teeth veneers are quite similar to one another. Both are as permanent as a tooth filling. They are also made from the same material and stick to the structure of the tooth. In addition, they are both often used to address the shape and color of the teeth, making them more aesthetically pleasing. However, dental veneers only cover the front surface of a tooth, while crowns are placed over the entirety of the tooth like a cap.
Due to the fact that they fit over the entire tooth, crowns are often put in when structure has been lost to the tooth because of age, decay, trauma or because a patient grinds his or her teeth. Just like the procedure for having a veneer put on, your dentist will need to remove some of the tooth’s enamel so that the crown will fit properly. Crowns can help to strengthen teeth. Because of this, they are a preferred option in instances where a back tooth needs structural or cosmetic work. This is due to the fact that crowns are strong enough to withstand the pressure exerted by the molars when you bite down.
What Is the Lifespan for Dental Veneers?
Most porcelain dental veneers can last for decades. To ensure that you get the most out of your veneers, you should regularly brush and floss your teeth. You should also make sure that you don’t use your teeth to open bags, bottles or other items.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a particular brand of veneers. They are entirely translucent as well as ultra-thin. This means that your dentist may not have to remove any of your tooth’s enamel during your porcelain veneers procedure. These thin veneers are also exceptionally durable – they may last more than 20 years!
How Do You Take Care of Veneers?
Taking care of your dental veneers is as simple as brushing and flossing daily. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend that you wear a night guard to protect your veneers. In addition, you will want to be careful when consuming hard foods and candies.
To Learn More About Porcelain Veneers in Tampa, Call Us.
Are you ready to discuss veneer options with one of our dentists? Call us at (813) 701-3088. We’re ready to help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.