Porcelain Veneers in Orange Park
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are one treatment cosmetic dentists use to correct the shapes of teeth utilizing a thin, porcelain shell. When properly bonded to the tooth, these shells are strong and beautiful. These are often the treatment of choice for minor positional alterations and the correction of tooth shapes, colors, and sizes. They are often a great form of treatment for teeth that are resistant to whitening procedures.
One overarching goal in dentistry is to preserve the natural tooth structure. Veneers can be a benefit over crowns and other restorative options. Although the treated tooth requires a slight reduction, it is a much less aggressive procedure.
What is the Process?
Porcelain veneers are often a two visit procedure. After careful consideration and a mutual agreement between you and the dentist, a small amount of tooth structure will be reduced. The dentist will take impressions and send them to the lab for the custom fabrication of the veneers. During this time the dentist will provide the patient with temporary veneers. The result can be what generally is seen as the “Hollywood” smile.
How Would I Care for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers will be cared for just like the healthy natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, a proper diet, and overall good oral hygiene will preserve the veneers for as long as possible. Unlike natural teeth, porcelain veneers do resist stains from tobacco as well as staining drinks like coffee and juice.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Have you been unhappy with your smile for some time? If so, porcelain veneers may be just the treatment you need to revitalize your grin and regain your confidence in your appearance. However, you might be a little hesitant, especially if you’ve never heard of veneers before. Not to worry – we’ve taken the liberty of answering some of our most frequently asked questions about veneers for your convenience.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
Veneers are considered a permanent and irreversible cosmetic treatment. Why? Because some enamel must be removed to make room for the veneers and ensure they won’t stick out unnaturally in the line of your smile. Enamel does not grow back, so once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. For this reason, porcelain veneers are considered a permanent treatment because you will always need some kind of covering for your teeth going forward, whether that be veneers or dental crowns.
Does Getting Porcelain Veneers Hurt?
Before your teeth can receive veneers, they must be prepped. Many patients worry that this part of the procedure will be painful, but that is actually not the case. Dr. Nawrocki will make sure your affected teeth are nice and numb before removing the necessary amount of enamel to place your veneers. Furthermore, some patients tend to get nervous or anxious when getting dental work done such as veneers. For this reason, we offer sedation options to soothe your worries and allow you to get the care you need.
Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Whether you want to brighten up a few teeth or revamp your whole smile, veneers are a versatile treatment that can be used to correct a variety of aesthetic imperfections. You might be an excellent candidate for veneers if your smile has any of the following flaws:
- Stubborn stains or discoloration
- Gapped teeth
For more severe cosmetic problems, like seriously crooked teeth or bite alignment issues, we may recommend orthodontic treatment instead of porcelain veneers. Of course, the best way to find out which treatment would be better for your smile would be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nawrocki!
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
On average, porcelain veneers can be expected to last 10 to 15 years. Believe it or not, you can extend their lifespan even beyond that by adhering to the following steps:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss at least once daily (ideally after every meal and snack)
- Prevent damage to your veneers and underlying teeth by wearing a mouthguard during sports and a nightguard if your grind your teeth while sleeping
Visit Dr. Nawrocki for checkups and cleanings every six months to make sure your veneers are still in great condition