Veneers in Lakewood Ranch, FL

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Veneers

More than one-third of adults in the United States are unhappy with their smile! Looking to have a brighter smile, many of them turn to veneers as a custom-made solution for making their smile sparkle naturally.

So, if you are looking to get back into the smile game, veneers from may be right for you! One of the most preferred cosmetic dentistry procedures, veneers completely cover the affected tooth with a durable hard coating that allows it to closely match the color of natural teeth.

What Are Veneers for Your Teeth?

Did you know that dental veneers can reverse the wear, tear, and age of your entire smile? This is because while teeth whitening procedures effectively address many of these issues to produce cosmetically pleasing results, certain issues are better addressed with veneers.

Despite being no thicker than a fingernail, veneers can easily conceal dental issues, such as:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipping
  • Discolorations
  • Crooked or oddly shaped teeth
  • Misalignment

Veneers can also help create an even bite in the most visible part of your smile, helping you and your smile look as superb as possible.

Different Types of Veneers

Veneers are shell-like implants that are shaped and bonded directly onto the surface of an individual tooth. Because veneers are made from different materials, you have several options for finding the one that can help you smile healthier.

  • Porcelain– These veneers are thin shells of porcelain adhered to the outer surface of the tooth that mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth that are stain-resistant, and gum-tolerant.
  • Composite Resin– While not as strong as porcelain veneers, these are more easily replaced and repaired. The resin is added to your teeth in liquid form before being cured, polished, and adhered to teeth.
  • Lumineers– Lumineers are a minimally invasive alternative to veneers made from a thin laminate that’s applied seamlessly over your existing teeth. This procedure typically requires no shots, drilling, and less preparation than traditional veneers.

Advances in technology and dental research have made cosmetic dentistry less complicated. As a result, the quality of veneers has improved so much that they help restore damaged teeth to their original functionality. Additionally, modern veneers provide strength and resilience that is similar to natural teeth.

Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers

While porcelain or composite resin veneers are durable options for enhancing your smile, there are definitive contrasts between them. First, despite their initial fragility, porcelain veneers become tougher and stronger after they are bonded to a healthy tooth.

By comparison, composite veneers are durable, but not as strong as porcelain veneers. They are also more prone to chipping. However, despite this, they can be fixed, unlike porcelain veneers which are unable to be repaired if broken, or damaged.

There is also a significant price difference between veneers. In general, composite veneers range from $200 to $1500 per tooth with porcelain veneers costing $950 to $2500 per tooth. In addition to costing less, composite veneers differ from porcelain ones in that porcelain veneers last 10-15 years while their counterpart, composite resin-based veneers last about 4-8 years.

Perhaps the biggest difference between porcelain and composite veneers is how they affect the wearer’s overall appearance. The stain resistance of porcelain veneers makes future whitening less likely. Composite veneers, however, are prone to staining like regular teeth, meaning further whitening procedures are possible.

Finally, while both veneers provide a long-lasting cosmetic way for making your teeth shine, they each give their users differing options for continued use. Unfortunately, if you are not thrilled about how porcelain veneers feel in your mouth or make you look, they cannot be reversed. However, if you do not like the look or shape of your composite veneers, they can be reversed.

The Veneer Process: What to Expect

The process of creating porcelain and composite veneers is fairly simple. However, before porcelain veneers can be applied a dentist must first remove all enamel from the affected tooth. Next, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth which is then sent to a lab where the veneers will be made. After they return from the lab, the dentist will mold, shape, and then bond the veneer onto the tooth for a comfortable and natural look.

For composite veneers, a smaller amount of enamel is removed than with porcelain veneers. Once the necessary enamel is stripped away, the dentist applies a composite material to the teeth which is then shaped to conform to the desired look and feel before being sent to the lab. After the new veneers arrive, they are bonded onto the front of the affected teeth and then crafted to give the wearer a more comfortable fit.

With both porcelain and composite veneers, the entire process of bonding and shaping can take several hours and require multiple appointments.

What to Do After You Get of Your New Veneers:

Once your veneers are applied you will need to follow a few directions to ensure they help brighten your smile.

  • Brush and floss as you normally would. The veneers can handle it! We do, however, recommend non-abrasive toothpaste and a good home care regimen to ensure the best esthetic success of your veneer.
  • Be aware of temporary sensitivity. Due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after placement of your veneer. This is completely normal and should subside after a week or two. If sensitivity persists, please call your dentist.
  • If you are known to clench and grind your teeth, you may be given a night guard.
  • If you want to see your smiling self again choose veneers from . Call today at for a consultation with our dentist to see if veneers are right for you.

Dental Veneers FAQs

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

With proper care, porcelain veneers will assist in giving you your dream smile for at least a decade. We ensure that your veneers are made from the highest quality porcelain and bonded using state-of-the-art technology.

How Do Porcelain Dental Veneers Work?

Most common veneer applications involve removing a fine layer of tooth enamel before applying the porcelain material, making room for a seamless fitting of the porcelain veneer and giving it the most natural appearance possible. Porcelain dental veneers can help adjust not just your tooth color, but also its size, shape, and spacing.

What Type of Problems Do Porcelain Veneers Correct?

  •     Discolored Teeth
  •     Worn-Down Teeth
  •     Chipped or Broken Teeth
  •     Misaligned, Uneven, or Irregularly Shaped Teeth
  •     Gaps in Teeth

What is the Procedure for Porcelain Veneers?

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning: While we are here to help, we want to make sure you play an active role in planning your smile.
  • Preparation: A mold is taken of your teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. The veneer should be ready in approximately a week or two.
  • Bonding: First, we place the veneer on your teeth with water or glycerin to check the fit and color. By this point, the color of the veneer is still adjustable by the shade of the cement used to adhere it before the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond.

How Do I Take Care of Porcelain Veneers?

If you want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, then veneers are a good treatment option. Along with proper at-home care, such as brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste and flossing daily, and regularly scheduled checkups every six months, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come.

You may experience some sensitivity to extreme temperatures after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after it has been prepped. This is normal and should subside in a few weeks time. If sensitivity persists, please do not hesitate to call us at 941-216-3803.

Additionally, if you are known for clenching your teeth (bruxism), please be sure to let us know. We may recommend a soft, durable night guard for you to wear that can minimize stress placed on your teeth while you sleep.

Learn more about Cosmetic Dentistry at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch

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Composite White Fillings

The composite white filling is an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional silver amalgam filling. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are virtually invisible, and our team at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch can shade them according to the color of your teeth, creating a perfect match and giving you a beautiful, white smile!

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with a false tooth in between. Made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, bridges restore your smile, prevent further tooth misalignment, and help you chew comfortably.

Dermal Fillers

For our patients in the Lakewood Ranch, FL area looking to regain the youthful fullness of their face, dermal fillers are a safe and effective way to decrease the wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, plump the lips, and soften facial creases. A faster and less expensive alternative to a surgical facelift, dermal fillers have a similar effect without the recovery time. Effective and easy, this has become a popular treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size or length. Veneers look great because they mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Dental veneers can also provide relief from the tooth pain associated with worn enamel.

Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover is a process of improving the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, composite bonding, implants, and teeth whitening. Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.

Veneers

Many patients choose veneers as a custom-made option to make their smile sparkle naturally when they want to have a smile that is more vibrant.

Veneers entirely cover the damaged tooth with a long-lasting hard coating that enables it to nearly resemble the color of natural teeth, making them one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Dental veneers are  used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth.

A Beautiful Smile Restored!

In this Smiles at Lakewood Ranch case study, our patient Rosetta explains how she had an accident and broke her front tooth. Another dentist told her some bad news and, wow, is she glad she came to the experts at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch instead!

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