Porcelain Veneers in Jacksonville, FL
Are small imperfections in your teeth keeping you from smiling your best? Porcelain veneers are one cosmetic solution to restore the color, size, shape, and even positioning of your teeth. If your teeth are still in overall good health but are slightly chipped, uneven, or have stains that have not responded to whitening, porcelain veneers can improve their look. Our veneers dentist at Advanced Dental Care of Florida in Jacksonville would be happy to assess your smile to determine if veneers are the right option for you.
Call our office today at (904) 638-7181 to schedule a veneers consultation.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Think of a porcelain veneer as a shield for your tooth. Our dentist in Mandarin attaches the veneer, which is composed of thin ceramic layers, to the front of the tooth to improve the appearance of your teeth. If coffee, tea, medication, smoking, or aging have stained your teeth, veneers can make them as white and bright as you like. Have a tooth that’s been chipped or one worn down by grinding? A porcelain veneer can reshape the surface of the problem tooth so it matches the size and shape of your other teeth. If you have slight spaces between your teeth (not large enough to correct with braces), veneers can close those gaps while also improving your tooth’s color and shape.
Veneers require a minimal amount of preparation to apply. Sometimes a small amount of tooth enamel must be reduced to give the veneer a natural appearance. While a laboratory creates the final veneers, you’ll wear a temporary set, then return to our Advanced Dental Care of Florida office to have your veneers bonded in place.
Once attached, a porcelain veneer becomes as permanent as a crown. While it might need to be replaced over time because of natural wear or an accident, a veneer typically lasts a long time. Plus, unlike tooth enamel, it won’t stain. You can smile with confidence again.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
A crown also is excellent for changing a tooth’s color and shape, but instead of adhering to the front of a tooth, like a veneer, it covers the entire tooth. That’s why some people refer to a crown as a cap; it caps the tooth all the way down to the gum line.
A crown is recommended when the underlying tooth isn’t generally healthy. People who have lost a lot of tooth structure because of decay, trauma, age, or tooth grinding (also called bruxism) often need a crown to restore both the tooth’s outward appearance and reestablish its function. Crowns also are preferred for back teeth, which receive greater biting force.
Applying a crown takes more preparation: more tooth enamel must be removed in order to place the crown. Otherwise, both crowns and veneers are made from similar materials that mimic tooth enamel and are adhered in place.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Depending on your lifestyle, proper care, and the brand of veneers used, your veneers should last years.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a brand of specific veneers that are ultra-thin, highly translucent, and yet highly durable. They’re unique in that they require little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth. Applying them is completely pain-free, and they not only look natural but feel comfortable afterward. Best of all, their durability allows them to last more than 20 years.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
For the most part, you care for veneers as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss them gently each day. However, even though veneers can be tough, we wouldn’t advise biting into hard foods, such as candy apples, with veneer-covered teeth, or using your teeth to rip open packages. That can be rough on natural teeth, let alone those with veneers!
If your veneers cover teeth that were worn from a habit such as clenching or grinding your teeth, you’ll likely want to get a custom-made night guard to wear to protect your new smile as well.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Jacksonville Today
If you have additional questions about veneers or think they might be right for you, we’re here to help. Our caring staff in Jacksonville will set up an appointment for you to consult with our dentist and discuss all your concerns. Call us today at (904) 638-7181.