Veneers are tooth-colored porcelain shells that cover the fronts of the teeth to mask cosmetic imperfections. If you’re unhappy with your smile, veneers are a long-lasting, highly durable, and aesthetic solution to any of your cosmetic teeth concerns. They’re effective at covering a range of cosmetic issues and because they’re bonded to your tooth enamel, they even strengthen your teeth. Most patients choose to cover their six front teeth, as these are the primary visible teeth when you smile. If you’re wondering if veneers are right for you, contact us at BayBreeze Dental today to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve the dental patients of Wesley Chapel and Land O'Lakes.
Veneers are considered permanent because we have to remove a small amount of your enamel, which is irreversible.
Dr. Parikh will examine your teeth and take x-rays to rule out oral health problems and determine your suitability for veneers.
To prep for the placement of the veneers, we will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and then trim .5 mm of your tooth enamel.
After filing down your teeth, we will take impressions and use a shade guide to match your natural shade to your veneers. A dental lab will fabricate your veneers using your impressions as a guide.
It can take a few weeks for the veneers to be ready. Once we have your veneers, we’ll call you back so we can have a fitting to check how they fit and look. If you’re satisfied, we’ll bond them to your teeth.
If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, wine, or dark sauces, you likely have a lot of tooth stains and discoloration. While dental cleanings can remove surface stains, if you’ve stripped your enamel and consumed staining foods and drinks over many years, your teeth may be severely and permanently discolored. Porcelain veneers are pearly white and opaque so they completely cover even the most severe discoloration.
If you have minor chips and cracks in your teeth, you could fill them in with dental bonding, but that will only last for a few years and you’ll need to repeatedly fill them. To cover up these issues and protect your teeth, veneers are a better, more durable, and longer-lasting option.
Minor issues with the alignment of your teeth, such as crooked teeth or gaps can be covered with veneers. While we don’t suggest that you skimp out on orthodontics if you have severely crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, veneers are a much more affordable and less time-consuming alternative to closing small gaps and shifting slightly crooked teeth.
Let’s face it, some of us simply got the shorter end of the stick when it comes to our teeth. Maybe you have ‘vampire’ teeth that are too sharp or maybe they’re too short, too round, or just overall oddly shaped. Veneers are the best way to cover up these problems so you can achieve the perfectly straight and uniform teeth you’ve always dreamed of.
Veneers can also be made of composite resin, but they are less durable and have a shorter lifespan.