What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers in Tampa – Creating Your Ideal Smile
A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin shell of porcelain that bonds to the front surface of your tooth. Here at Gentle Dentistry, Dr. Angela Rasmussen uses veneers to change the shape, color, size and symmetry of the teeth and smiles.In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain is the material of choice because it replicates human enamel most naturally.
Dr. Rasmussen uses only the most superior porcelain systems available in cosmetic dentistry today. Each system is capable of achieving equally beautiful results and Dr. Rasmussen will help decide which is best suited for you.
What are the benefits of placing porcelain veneers?
You could answer that question with another — “What’s the value of a beautiful, perfect, bright smile?” That’s the benefit of placing veneers onto your teeth. Porcelain veneers cover any imperfections with your teeth without having to resort to procedures such as orthodontics or implant placement. In just two appointments, you can completely remake your smile. If your teeth were stained by a reaction to tetracycline in your youth, who says you have to live with those dingy teeth the rest of your life? Porcelain veneers cover those teeth and change everything. The same is true for uneven teeth, teeth with subtle gaps between them, misshapen teeth, and other cosmetic flaws.
How much do they cost?
The cost of your veneers depends on how many teeth you wish to cover. Maybe you have a single tooth that is discolored due to trauma from when you were in college. Maybe you have two teeth that are misshapen. Or maybe you’d like to place veneers on all of your visible front teeth. During your consultation, we can discuss your options and your costs.
Who is an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are the perfect cover-up for various cosmetic flaws with a person’s teeth. These are great uses for veneers:
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained, discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or wear
- Providing an alternative to orthodontic work
But in order for the Gentle Dentistry team to apply veneers, your teeth have to be healthy in the first place. Porcelain veneers are meant to cover certain cosmetic problems, such as deep staining or chips. They do not correct underlying problems, such as decay or deep cracks. If you have oral health problems, such as gum disease or decay, those need to be addressed before we can place veneers on your teeth.
How do I care for my teeth with porcelain veneers on them?
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special cleaning or maintenance at home, just regular brushing and flossing. While you can eat basically whatever you like, you may want to avoid things such as candy apples or chewing on bones, as veneers can sometimes detach.
Will my veneers stain?
Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining. Your natural teeth will stain far more and far faster than your veneers.
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How strong are porcelain veneers? Are there restrictions on what I can eat?
Dental porcelain is incredibly strong. At Gentle Dentistry, we use dental porcelain for our restorations such as crowns, bridges, and implants because porcelain rivals natural teeth for durability. In fact, porcelain is better at resisting staining than your natural tooth enamel. We advise patients with veneers not to avoid eating certain foods, but to avoid biting into certain very sticky foods, such as caramel apples. This isn’t because the veneers will break; it’s because the sticky food may pull the veneers off the teeth.
How long will my veneers last?
A set of porcelain veneers can last anywhere from seven to 20 years. This sounds like a wide range, but it is due to the health of the underlying teeth and gums. If a veneer does come off for some reason, in most cases it can be reattached.
You do need to know that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. Because the placement requires shaving the enamel off the fronts of the teeth, those teeth will forevermore need to be covered with veneers. So, once your veneers have reached their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set placed.
Porcelain veneers are a conservative treatment and can improve the color, shape, symmetry and overall appearance of your smile. Obviously, cosmetic dentistry using porcelain veneers can be life changing for many individuals. It has been our privilege at Gentle Dentistry to be involved with hundreds of these dramatic, life-changing smile makeovers. If you have any additional questions, please call Gentle Dentistry at 813-972-3500, or email [email protected] to schedule your complimentary consultation with our highly skilled team.
We are passionate about what we do and we welcome the opportunity to talk with you about it. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the smile you always wanted.