What are Porcelain Veneers?
Made of dental porcelain, veneers are thin shells that cover the front of your teeth. We can place, shape or color the veneers anyway necessary to help you achieve your smile goals by bonding the veneers to the front of your teeth which then provide you with beautiful results from 10 to 15 years before they need a replacement. What rests underneath the veneers can be a secret between you and your cosmetic dentist.
Will Veneers Look Natural?
If you’re wondering if dental veneers will look natural on your smile, the answer is yes. Our highly trained dentists have an extensive background in cosmetic dentistry so they can ensure all their patients receive natural-looking results. Porcelain has similar translucence as natural teeth in the way it reflects and absorbs light. We also ensure they don’t stick out by removing part of your enamel before placement. With these precautions and choosing the right color for your smile, your veneers can look completely natural.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Unfortunately, a good set of veneers will only last you 10 to 15 years before they need replacement. The better you practice dental hygiene, the more likely they will last longer. However, dental veneers are a permanent procedure and you will always need them following your prep appointment. This is because we remove a portion of your enamel to make room for them. This means that choosing porcelain veneers is a lifelong decision. If you’re okay knowing you have to replace your veneers every 10 to 15 years, then veneers are the right choice for you!
What Cosmetic Problems Can Veneers Address?
Our Naples dentists can craft your porcelain veneers to address the following problems:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Gappy smiles
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Eroded enamel
If you suffer from any of the above cosmetic dental problems, porcelain veneers can fix them.
Dental Veneers Procedure
To start your porcelain veneers treatment, first, Dr. Massa or Dr. Cocris will sit down with you for a consultation. During the consultation, he will ask you a series of questions and help you determine if veneers are the right choice for you. He will also tell you how many veneers you need to accomplish your goals and give you a price breakdown. If you agree he will move forward by taking x-rays of your teeth. He must make sure your teeth are healthy enough to hold the veneers. If you have any tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to treat this first before moving forward.
Once you’ve signed off on the procedure, we will remove a portion of your enamel from the teeth to make room for the veneers. Once completing your tooth prep, Dr. Massa or Dr. Cocris will take impressions of your teeth to send off to the dental laboratory.
In the meantime, you will wear a set of temporary veneers until your permanent ones arrive from the dental lab. After about 2 weeks, your veneers should be ready. Dr. Massa or Dr. Cocris will make sure they fit and make any final adjustments and ensure you’re happy before bonding them to your teeth.
In just two simple appointments, you can walk away with a brand new smile! If you’re ready to see how dental veneers can transform your smile, please contact our dental office in Naples, FL to schedule an appointment. You can book an appointment online or give us a call at (239) 597-7333.