Do you have smile flaws that make you feel self-conscious when you’re around others?
We see lots of patients at our Sarasota, FL dental office who would like to change something about the appearance of their smile. We offer many options for improving your smile. One solution that we use to conceal flaws is porcelain veneers.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Used?
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. We customize them to conceal smile imperfections by creating a new surface. Veneers are versatile and can create a new appearance for teeth that are:
- Slightly turned or crooked
- Cracked or chipped
- Severely discolored
- Worn by dental erosion
- Too widely spaced
Since porcelain reflects light similarly to dental enamel, veneers look natural and blend seamlessly with your smile. Veneers are also strong and durable, making them an ideal long-term solution for unattractive teeth.
How Does the Veneers Process Work?
The most important step in the process is a comprehensive examination with Dr. Deborah Simpkins. We need to ensure that the teeth we're treating are healthy and free of cavities and that your gums are healthy. Once we clear up any underlying issues, you will be on your way to a smile that’s both healthy and beautiful.
Based on your conversation, Dr. Simpkins will recommend solutions that are most appropriate for you. We pride ourselves on providing a variety of options so you can make an informed, educated decision about the best treatment for your unique needs.
If we determine that you are a good candidate for veneers, the first step is the removal of a thin layer of enamel from the teeth being treated. Next, we take an impression that’s used to create a mold that a custom dental lab will use to fabricate your veneers.
The process takes about two weeks, and when they are ready, we will have you return to our office for placement of your new veneers. Dr. Simpkins will check them for fit and bond them securely to your teeth.
Protecting Your Veneers
Veneers are strong and durable and can last up to ten years with proper care. Of course, the longevity of your veneers depends on the health of your natural teeth. Routine dental visits and conscientious oral hygiene are critical if you want your beautiful new smile to last.
It is possible to chip a veneer, however, so you should use caution when biting down on crunchy foods like nuts, pretzels, crusty bread and never use your teeth as a "tool" to open packages or bottles – good advice even if you don't have veneers!
Porcelain veneers are just one option we offer to help you achieve the look you desire. We are pleased to offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative procedures to enhance the look and health of your smile. If you live in the Sarasota area and would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, call our office today to schedule your consultation appointment.