Everything You Need to Know About Veneers

If you’ve been wanting a complete cosmetic overhaul of your smile, you may have come across the incredible technology of veneers. Veneers are not for everyone, however if you are a candidate they can provide a brand new smile with the strength and durability of natural teeth in one appointment.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin that are bonded directly to the tooth. They can correct the color and shape of your teeth, and with proper care can last for many decades. To place veneers, a dentist must exhibit excellence in technique as she will remove only a small portion of enamel from the existing tooth only to replace it with the shell. After a brief period of sensitivity you can treat your veneers just like your natural teeth. The material is strong and durable, however it is in your best interest to not put any undue stress on your new veneers. This includes chewing on ice, hard objects, or opening any sort of packaging.

How Are Veneers Placed?

Veneers are a very interesting cosmetic dental procedure. It consists of two appointments. The first is to measure and manage expectations. Dr. Brazdo will send her prescription to a lab where your veneers will be made to match the perfect size and shape of your desired smile. In about one week, the veneers will be ready to place. At the following appointment, you will have the option to have local anesthetic administered. This is not necessary, yet is commonly done to ease nerves and to dull any sensations. Next, .5mm of enamel will be removed from your natural tooth. Dr. Brazdo will prepare the veneer and tooth for bonding. With a special light the two are bonded together. This is repeated on each tooth to create a uniform and brilliant smile. Some patients experience short-term sensitivity to hot and cold immediately after a veneer procedure, this normally goes away very soon after, and some feel no discomfort at all. Approximately one month after your procedure, you will return for an evaluation. At this time Dr. Brazdo can examine your progress, offer tips and advice, and answer any questions you may have.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are a marvelous cosmetic solution to many cosmetic issues. They can correct severely stained teeth, misshapen teeth, and unsightly gaps. In one visit Dr. Brazdo can place a whole set and instantly after the procedure you walk out of the office with a brand new, straight, brilliant smile. Because veneers are made with porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin they will not stain. They also afford you every opportunity to live a normal life, and eat and drink as you did before the veneers were placed.

Word of Caution

Veneers are not for everyone. They may seem like they are a quick cosmetic fix every dental problem, but veneers have some serious limitations. They cannot fix crooked teeth or decayed teeth. Because a tooth is not a replacement tooth, like a dental implant, it is just a shell that goes over the natural tooth, the underlying natural tooth is still susceptible to decay. And, because a small portion of enamel must be removed for a veneer to properly bond with the natural tooth, it is not a reversible procedure. The health of your teeth is extremely important when deciding if veneers are the best option for your smile’s rejuvenation. If you have unhealthy teeth, are experiencing gum disease, or have poor-quality enamel this cosmetic dental procedure will be unavailable to you. Further if you suffer from bruxism, more commonly known as unconscious tooth grinding, or a malocclusion, veneers will not be a good choice for you. An off-kilter bite or the constant agitation of clenching and grinding may cause the veneers to break off.

Are Veneers Right For You?

If you are stuck trying to decide if veneers are right for you, pull out your phone and call your Melbourne, Florida dentist right away. Dr. Brazdo will be able to evaluate your bite and the health of your teeth and gums to learn if this cosmetic procedure will be suitable for you. Veneers will be a successful procedure if you have straight, yet misshapen teeth. If you have discolored, yet healthy teeth and gums, veneers can give you a bright white smile in only one office visit. If you are willing to make a strong habit of properly brushing, flossing, and caring for your teeth, Dr. Brazdo would love to give you the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of with veneers.