What stands out to you when meeting someone for the first time? Nearly half of all adults would answer that it’d be their smile; a beautiful, glistening set of pearly whites can make a powerful first impression. But what if there are just too many small imperfections in your teeth? You may not feel confident in showing them off, which can create a tight-lipped, insincere-looking smile. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist in Orange Park may have just the solution for you: porcelain veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell bonded to your tooth. It’s very thin and can be custom designed so that it looks as natural as possible in your mouth.
Veneers can be made out of porcelain, but they can also be made out of a composite resin in some circumstances. That said, dentists usually prefer porcelain veneers in Orange Park because they’re a lot more durable and don’t stain as easily.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Improve My Smile?
One of the biggest advantages of porcelain veneers is their versatility. They can be used in a wide variety of situations and are often used to make multiple corrections at once. For example, they can cover up:
- Discoloration and stains that can’t be removed by traditional whitening (such as stains caused by tetracycline).
- Unattractive cracks and chips in the enamel that don’t threaten the stability of the tooth.
- Misshapen teeth.
- Certain small gaps.
- Teeth that are too short (eliminating the need for gum contouring).
The great thing about veneers is that with good oral hygiene, you’ll be enjoying your new smile for years to come; the porcelain shells can last up to 15 years when well-cared for, much longer than the average lifespan of certain other cosmetic treatments like direct bonding or teeth whitening.
What’s It Like to Get Porcelain Veneers?
It usually takes at least two appointments to get veneers. During the first visit, small amounts of enamel will be removed from your teeth before an impression is taken. The impression will be sent to a dental lab and serve as the guide for creating your veneers. Once they’re complete, you’ll return to your dentist to have the veneers attached via a resin cement.
Taking care of your veneers is easy. All you need to do is brush and floss like you normally would. Only use soft-bristled toothbrushes and nonabrasive toothpastes. Otherwise you could damage the porcelain. Be careful of drinking too much coffee or other dark-colored beverages; porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but they can still become discolored over time if you’re not careful.
Of course, you should also keep visiting your dentist at least twice a year; they’ll make sure your veneers are in good shape and answer any questions you might have. If you’ve been bothered by the smile you see in the mirror for too long, schedule a consultation today and see if porcelain veneers are the answer you’re looking for!
About the Author
Dr. Natasha Patel spent a lot of time as a child at her father’s dental practice and is happy to be following in his footsteps. She takes pride in making sure her patients stay comfortable during their visits. Her practice, Kind Care Dentistry, offers porcelain veneers and other smile improvements. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel, visit her website (904) 278-9011.