Making a good first impression is one of the most important parts of beginning a new relationship in the professional and personal worlds. A great way to make that solid first impression is to have a bright, shining, beautiful smile, but many people feel shy or uncomfortable to show their smile if their teeth have any type of imperfection.
At Smile 4 Me Dental, our professional Clermont, FL, cosmetic dentist understands how integral for your overall well-being and happiness to have a smile you can be proud of, so he is dedicated to providing you the best possible dental care. If you have cracks, chips, stains, gaps, or other type of minor imperfection, our dental office can provide you with porcelain veneers to help you regain a lovely smile.
What Are Veneers?
If you are unfamiliar with what exactly a porcelain veneer is or want to ask what are veneers, our dental team is happy to give you all the details you need concerning the materials and the veneer procedure as well as any other treatment options you may have to deal with your particular dental situation. Our cosmetic dentistry specialist will discuss with you everything you need to know about oral health, tooth preparation during your treatment, and the ins and outs of how veneers will affect your tooth enamel and tooth structure.
Porcelain veneers are a thin, semi-translucent shell which our dental experts customize to the shape and size of your individual tooth so that they will look and feel like your natural teeth. On the back of the veneers, a special resin is applied so that they can be permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. When you place a veneer on teeth, they are extremely strong and durable. Likewise, they are able to contribute to the success of your oral health regimen because the non-porous surface resists permanent staining more than the enamel of your natural teeth.
Why Should I Consider Veneers?
When it comes to making the decision to invest in porcelain veneers, you should definitely consider the many benefits of this cosmetic procedure. It is rare to find an individual whose teeth are perfectly straight, and minor imperfections can be corrected. Even those who have undergone braces in the past as a child or teenager may end up with slightly crooked teeth again or another issue may arise that places a gap between teeth. Can you imagine going through braces again as an adult? Instead of considering wires, brackets, and cement on your teeth once more, veneers may be another great option to correct the damage done over time.
At Smile 4 Me Dental, our Clermont dentist can fix the following types of issues with our porcelain veneers and, unlike crowns, will only require a small amount of tooth enamel to be removed from the front of the tooth prior to placement of the veneer:
- Uneven or crooked teeth
- Spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Stained or washed-out fillings
Your individual dental situation can be expertly evaluated at our offices, and we can determine if making the decision to get veneers is right for you.
In addition to the above concerns with your teeth, having a veneer is also beneficial when it comes to keeping your teeth white and shining. Because of the non-porous nature of the veneer, they resist staining, so you will not need to think about having to bleach or otherwise whiten your veneers after drinking beverages or eating foods which may have stained your natural teeth. You simply need to maintain your regular routine of brushing, flossing, and making dental visits to ensure your veneers last as long as possible.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Veneers?
While veneers are a great option for correcting imperfections in your smile, they may not be the right option for every person. Each dental situation is as unique as the person the teeth belong to, so your circumstances will need to be evaluated before a porcelain veneer can be considered.
If a tooth has been chipped or broken, the easiest method to correct it is through veneers. The same can be said for teeth which have been permanently discolored from drinking coffee, smoking, or eating highly pigmented foods. Many times this type of staining cannot be easily whitened by home whitening kits or even professional whitening done in a dental office (the whitening may need to be repeated in the case of continued use of staining foods and beverages). The surface of the veneer is much more non-porous than your natural teeth, so it will resist staining as long as you maintain your regular oral hygiene regimen.
It is important to remember that the idea behind veneers is not to give you teeth that look fake or unnatural in your mouth. Therefore, our dentist will evaluate your mouth and determine what is the best look for your overall aesthetic. Generally, you will not want one or two veneers that are extremely white-white while the rest of your natural teeth have a slightly grey-white or yellow-white finish to them. It will look strange. Our goal is to use the veneers to fix the imperfections which cause your stress and make it appear as if your natural teeth have simply been realigned. The shape, size, and color of everyone's teeth will be different, so it is important that your veneers embrace the more natural appearance of your mouth.
To find out if you are an idea candidate for veneers on your teeth, contact our expert cosmetic dentist to set up an appointment. Our dental office is always happy to evaluate your smile and help you to achieve your oral hygiene goals, including correcting imperfections through porcelain veneers.
How Do I Maintain Veneers?
Because of the secured, permanent bonding process for veneers, they look and feel just like your natural teeth, and you can therefore take care of your veneers just like you would your natural teeth. For the best possible oral hygiene, our Clermont, FL, dentist recommends that you brush twice per day, floss in the evening, and maintain a regular maintenance schedule with our dentist. Be sure to get checkups twice per year to ensure your teeth are in the most optimal condition.
Additionally, it is important that you work to maintain the integrity of your veneers by avoiding harmful activities with your teeth. Grinding or clenching your teeth and chewing on harsh items such as pencils, ice, and even your nails can cause serious damage to your natural teeth as well as a veneer on your tooth.
How Do I Choose My Dentist?
As in any other type of procedure, it is important that you pick the right person to perform it and you are aware of that individuals credentials. Because this is a cosmetic dentistry procedure, not every dentist may be able to complete it as well as others. It is important that, while doing your research for the perfect cosmetic dental office for your situation, you pay close attention to certain aspects of their practice.
At your initial appointment, it is critical that you discuss all of your options with your dentist and find out why he believes that veneers are right for you. Be sure that he is able to answer all of your questions and address each of your concerns. It may not be a high-risk procedure, but it is very difficult to undo. You may also want to examine your dentist's portfolio of success stories. Make sure that you like the results other patients have gotten from the veneers process in the past. Just because you've made the initial consultation appointment, that does not mean you are committed to the procedure or this dentist. It's your smile, and you have to live with the results. Make sure it is what you truly want!
It's also important to note that your chosen dentist should set certain expectations for you and be able to explain why the way your veneers look may not be exactly the same as another person's after pictures. Do not walk into the dental office with one person's teeth alignment in mind (think, celebrity) and expect that virtually any procedure will transform your mouth into theirs. It's just not possible. An experienced dentist should be able to illustrate when the veneers can do and how they can help you achieve your dental goals.
Contact Our Cosmetic Dentistry Experts
At Smile 4 Me Dental, our mission is provide all of our Clermont, Florida, patients with the highest possible quality dental services. In striving to complete this mission, we are committed to listening to those we are privileged to serve; earning the trust and respect of patients, professionals, and the community; exceeding your expectations, ensuring a creative, challenging, and compassionate professional environment, and striving for continuous improvement at all levels.
In addition to general and family dentistry, we also offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services including porcelain veneers. Our friendly and informative staff is always happy to discuss your dental situation with you and schedule an appointment for you with our Clermont dentist so that he can determine if veneers are right for you. He has the knowledge, skills, and experience you can count on to ensure that your smile will be given the attention it deserves. Whatever your dental goals may be, Smile 4 Me Dental is here to help you achieve them and walk through your day with your head held high and your smile shining bright. Contact our Clermont, Florida, office today to schedule your appointment with our professional dentist and see if veneers might be the right solution for your teeth.