For many patients, porcelain veneers are the best option for making permanent changes to their smile. Porcelain veneers can have an immediate major positive impact on your confidence and self-esteem by giving you a smile you can be proud to share. If you have any questions about porcelain veneers, do not hesitate to contact the dental office of Dr. Miranda.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of strong, durable, tooth-colored material that are designed to be placed over the surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are usually placed on the front teeth that show when you smile. Each porcelain veneer is custom-made to the shape of your front teeth, and can act to reshape teeth that are smaller or oddly-shaped. Porcelain veneers completely change the color, length, appearance, shape, and size of your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain veneers are engineered to resist staining, unlike your natural teeth. Veneers typically last around 7 to 10 years, and in some cases longer, before replacements are needed.
For some of the best looking and highest quality veneers, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our doctors at Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Are You a Candidate for Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be the perfect solution to fix many different cosmetic dental problems you may be facing. Some of the cosmetic issues porcelain veneers address may include:
- Discolored teeth
- Stained teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Wear and tear (chips, broken teeth, etc.)
- Worn tooth enamel
How Durable Are Porcelain Veneers?
Dr. Miranda will ensure your porcelain veneers are specially crafted to your unique tooth shape, using the highest quality porcelain and bonded with the most effective, advanced materials available. With proper care, your new porcelain veneers should enhance your smile for well over a decade.
How are Porcelain Veneers Installed?
Before porcelain veneers are placed, your dentist will give you a thorough dental exam and any treatment needed. If you are found to be a good candidate for porcelain veneers, your veneers will be custom manufactured to fit your unique smile. Dr. Miranda will remove a small amount of your tooth enamel so there is less sensitivity during the porcelain veneer implanting process. Some patients may need to have gum contouring performed to help achieve more desirable cosmetic results. When the tooth enamel has been removed, the porcelain veneer is bonded to your natural tooth with a special dental adhesive. Every day, our patients are amazed at the almost instantaneous, dramatic improvement.
What Are My Porcelain Veneers Going to Look Like?
The honest answer: your porcelain veneers are going to look like healthy, natural teeth. How is that possible? Much like your real tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are translucent, which means light shines through them exactly like natural teeth. You may not know this, but the light penetrates the top layer of your teeth -- the enamel -- and reflects off the dentin, a calcified hard tissue within the tooth. Your teeth's translucent effect is what gives teeth their shine. Porcelain veneers replicate this translucent effect to give our patient natural, bright smiles.
What is the Function of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers may cover and repair chipped or cracked teeth. Porcelain veneers are customized individually to perfectly fit your teeth, giving you a wonderful new smile. If you have broken teeth, or dental caps or crowns, the veneers can be color matched to the same shade so they appear to be completely natural – but perfectly formed.
The Versatility of Your New Porcelain Veneers
Your porcelain veneers can help improve the following aesthetics characteristics of your teeth:
- Tooth color: Natural teeth can easily be stained by food, drinks like coffee and soda, smoking, and even by the normal course of aging. Porcelain veneers are available in a wide range of color shades, from natural to camera-ready sparkling white.
- Tooth alignment and tooth spacing: Porcelain veneers can provide small corrections in your bite alignment and close small gaps between teeth.
- Size and shape of your teeth: Tooth grinding can wear down your teeth, changing their natural size and shape. Some people also choose porcelain veneers to change tooth size and shape to a more appealing appearance. Porcelain veneers can be sized and shaped to be flattering to your unique facial structure.
The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
The biggest pro of porcelain is that they act as a durable protective covering for your damaged teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great alternative to having crowns implanted over damaged teeth, decreasing the need for other invasive surgical work on your teeth. When you include the fact that veneers also look natural and feel real, porcelain veneers are also easy to care for. Proper oral care can keep porcelain veneers healthy looking for years.
How Do I Care for My New Porcelain Veneers?
Just like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers need to be properly cared for. And, just like natural teeth, if you don't keep up proper oral hygiene, your veneers can be damaged or broken. Continuing to follow good oral hygiene habits like twice daily brushing, regular flossing and regular dental visits will help you get the most out of your new smile.
Want to Learn More About Porcelain Veneers?
If you think dental veneers could be the right option for you, please contact the office of Dr. Miranda today. A dedicated prosthodontist, Dr. Miranda is a highly respected specialist in the field of dental implants. Give our office a call to arrange a consultation today and plan your goals for a beautiful, healthy smile.Contact Us >>