Veneers for Bonita Springs
Veneers are one of the most popular methods to improve the appearance of a smile. Many of the Hollywood faces seen these days beam with the beauty of veneer treatment. Porcelain veneers are translucent, thin laminates specifically made to improve the esthetics of natural teeth, to correct crowding, or to replace composite bonding.
Veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained teeth. In addition, if teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original look.
Veneers are so popular in part because the treatment is extremely conservative and the results can be transformative. Veneers can also be used in conjunction with other restorative dental treatments like crowns, composite bonding, whitening, and dental implants.
What is the Procedure?
It generally takes two appointments to restore your teeth with veneers. On the first appointment, your teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and temporary veneers are placed. From these impressions, precise working models are made of your teeth. It's on these models that the veneers are crafted for an exact fit.
On the second appointment, your prepared teeth are polished and cleaned. An adhesive is then used to bond the veneers to your teeth. A harmless ultraviolet light hardens the adhesive.
Once in place, veneers virtually become part of your teeth. Although the veneers are extremely thin, the bond to the teeth makes them very strong and durable. You can use them like you would your own teeth. The final result is a more beautiful and natural looking smile.
Could Veneers Be Right for You?
Just like all other dental treatments, veneers are not necessarily universally beneficial. Some smiles can benefit from a simple cleaning, composite bonding, or Invisalign. Feel free to contact us for a complete evaluation and we would be happy to discuss your options!
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Are you ready to begin your smile makeover, or do you have some questions first? Getting porcelain veneers can be a life-changing process, and it’s important that you fully understand what’s going to happen so that there aren’t any unpleasant surprises during the treatment. Below, you’ll find a list of questions that many patients have asked over the years when they were thinking about getting dental implants. Our dental experts are more than happy to address any additional concerns you have if you can’t find what you’re looking for on this page.
Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are an excellent option for any patient looking to hide multiple cosmetic flaws in their smile. For example, if you have multiple teeth that are chipped, stained, and/or misshapen, you can make all of these changes at once with an appropriate number of veneers. That said, your teeth do need to be healthy; it’s never a good idea to cover up decay with a dental restoration without having it treated first. Also, if you grind your teeth at night, it’s important to get a nightguard first to protect your veneers (as well as the rest of your smile).
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
The answer to this question will vary with each patient. It’s not always necessary to get a separate veneer for each tooth, but the exact number usually depends on the nature of the changes you want to make. For example, if you only have a couple of cracked teeth that you’d like to hide, you’ll probably only need two veneers; on the other hand, if your goal is to improve the overall color of your smile, you may need as many as twelve veneers (depending on how many teeth are normally visible whenever you pull back your lips). Our goal will always be to choose the most conservative number of veneers for the most impactful improvements.
How Do I Take Care of Veneers?
To help your veneers last as long as possible, it’s important to clean them and protect them as if they were natural teeth. Naturally, that means brushing them twice a day for two minutes at a time. Don’t forget to floss in order to remove bacteria from the spots that a toothbrush wouldn’t be able to reach. When you eat, be careful around almonds or other hard foods that might cause your veneers to crack.
When Do Veneers Need to Be Replaced?
A porcelain veneer is very durable and usually lasts for about 10 to 15 years. At some point, though, it will need to be replaced once it becomes worn down. Obviously, you’ll also need a new veneer if the old one becomes broken. Also, if gum recession occurs and exposes the root of your tooth, it’s generally a good idea to get a new restoration that will cover the area. We can evaluate your veneers during your regular checkups in order to decide whether or not they need to be replaced in the near future.