The application of veneers is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic dental procedure that addresses badly aligned, damaged, or discolored teeth and creates a celebrity-style kilowatt smile.
Your smile is one of your best assets, giving an impression of health, friendliness, and happiness. A great smile can also be beneficial in social situations, help attract a partner, and make you more confident and outgoing. It is easy to see why veneers are a top choice for people hoping to improve their smile!
What Exactly Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are applied over the top of the existing tooth in order to give a whiter, brighter, and more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Veneers can also provide an additional layer of strength, which is particularly beneficial if you have teeth with very thin or weak enamel.
One of the biggest benefits of veneers is that they are resistant to stains formed from activities such as smoking and drinking red wine, which means that they are a long-lasting solution to creating a beautiful smile. However, they are also a permanent option. Applying traditional porcelain veneers requires the slight removal of the enamel on the front of the teeth, so while you can remove veneers, your natural teeth underneath will not be in their original condition.
Every individual veneer is created customized to fit a specific tooth. During your initial consultation, your team at Vero Dental Spa in Vero Beach will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, including a smile analysis, and discuss with you your desired outcome.
Our team may use software to create a diagnostic blueprint of how your veneers would look once they are in place so that you can ensure you are completely happy with the overall appearance of your teeth.
Creating veneers is a time-consuming process but the team at Vero Dental Spa can provide you with a timeline for implementation during your consultation.
Betsy’s teeth were dark yellow, short, and chipped due to years of grinding her teeth. She wanted to show more teeth and have slightly more upper lip fullness. Our Doctors performed a smile life with Emax porcelain veneers. Special Porcelains were used for long-term durability.
“My Smile Makeover makes my whole face look better. I feel fabulous, and I get compliments all the time. Thank you so much.”
Grace had worn down and chipped yellow teeth. 6 upper cosmetic Empress porcelain veneers gave her a great smile that is strong and durable. Actual patient of our doctors.
Paul had veneers placed on his upper teeth and was unhappy with the quality of work done by his previous dentist. The veneers were over-bulked (too thick) and appeared artificial. Our doctors placed E.max™ Porcelain Veneers on Paul’s upper and lower teeth that have more natural contours compared to Paul’s over-bulked veneers.
“I realized I needed to find an expert in cosmetic dentistry. Their doctors did a wonderful job, and their office staff members were outstanding.”
Tom was frequently having teeth repaired with fillings and bonding. He wanted his mouth completely restored to health so he could keep his teeth. Our doctors restored Tom’s entire mouth with Empress Porcelain Crowns. Now Tom has a healthy mouth and a handsome smile.
“I finally had my mouth restored by their doctors, and I haven’t had a problem since. For the first time in my life, I’m proud of my smile. Thanks for all you’ve done.”
Robert’s teeth were dark yellow, cracking, and chipping. His wife encouraged him to have his smile repaired to improve his professional image. Our doctors restored Robert’s mouth with E.max™ Porcelain Crowns and Veneers for a clean, handsome smile that exudes confidence and self-esteem.
“My teeth looked bad for a long time. I only wanted an expert cosmetic dentist to do my work. Now I’ve got a clean, healthy smile I can be proud of, and my wife says I look great. Thanks for your excellent work.”
After coming to visit our practice, Adam realized his smile wasn’t quite what it could be. After a consultation with our team and sharing his smile goals, Adam was given custom-fit cosmetic porcelain veneers. These thin pieces of porcelain were able to brighten his smile and return it to a youthful, healthy appearance!
The most commonly selected type of veneer is the traditional porcelain variety, partly because they can be successfully used to improve the appearance of the teeth in a variety of situations including:
- To hide teeth that are fractured/broken, chipped or damaged in some other way
- To eliminate gaps between teeth
- To level the thickness of teeth to give them a more uniform appearance
- In cases where teeth whitening/bleaching has been unsuccessful, veneers can provide the pearly white finish that a patient may be looking for
Porcelain laminate veneers are created using multiple ultra-thin ceramic layers which are applied using a special dental adhesive.
During the procedure to apply your veneers you will be given a local anesthetic. This will numb the area being worked on because in order to apply and fix the veneer, it is necessary to remove a little – around 1mm – of the existing tooth. This will ensure a perfect fit that sits in line with where the original tooth would have been, giving your teeth a completely natural and uniform appearance.
The bonding process is crucial to get right, as not only will it secure the veneer in place, but it will also allow the veneer to function like a normal tooth. A light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the new veneer, and by using a special laser/light, your dentist will harden the resin so that your new veneer is firmly secured in place.
Instant veneers provide an alternative to the lengthier process of filing down the existing tooth before bonding, and instead are just secured directly over the top.
This type of veneer application is usually significantly quicker and causes less discomfort, but it is not a viable option for all patients, and particularly not for those who have very poor original teeth. Vero Dental Spa will be able to advise you whether traditional porcelain or instant veneers are the best choice for your requirements.
Looking After Your Veneers
You may find that you have some sensitivity to extreme temperatures for anything up to a week after your veneers are attached. This is due to the removal of the enamel that was required in order to fit them successfully.
Generally, approximately 7 days after your procedure your doctor or a member of his Vero Dental Spa team will see you for a follow-up appointment, where he/she will be able to assess how well the veneers are placed and are functioning for you.
Although veneers are relatively strong, they still require proper care and attention. You should ensure that you continue with a thorough oral hygiene routine including brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste especially formulated for use on veneers, flossing, and mouthwash. The porcelain is rather brittle so you should avoid activities such as chewing/biting your fingernails or opening beer bottles with your teeth as this could cause irreparable damage to the veneers. If you regularly clench or grind your teeth, it will likely be suggested to provide you with a bite guard to protect your veneers from damage.