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If chipped or discolored or misaligned teeth are making you self-conscious about your smile, then porcelain veneers may be the solution you seek. Veneers are applied to the front surface of teeth that are otherwise healthy but need aesthetic enhancement. Small issues such as color, size, position or shape can all be remedied with veneers porcelain, so call our Gainesville office for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What’s the Purpose of Veneers?
Veneers are comprised of several very thin layers of dental enamel that are affixed to the front surface of the tooth. They can repair visual defects such as:
- Size and shape: One or more chipped teeth can make you very self-conscious, especially in social situations such as a job interview or family gatherings. If you have bruxism and some of your teeth are shorter, or if you think your teeth are the wrong shape for your face, then veneers can help you. Veneers are affixed to the front surface of your teeth and they correct minor irregularities that can make you feel self-conscious.
- Tooth color: If the aging process or the use of prescription medications or the consumption of certain beverages has left your teeth very discolored or stained, then veneers can restore the brightness of your teeth without arduous bleaching procedures.
- Alignment and spacing: If you have minor misalignments of your teeth and aren’t inclined to wear braces, then veneers can make your teeth look correctly aligned.
If you need any of these cosmetic enhancements to your teeth, then veneers can help you. Call our Gainesville office to schedule a consultation. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and your objectives to determine if veneers will work for you. If not, we’ll recommend other options so that you can achieve your goals.
If you and your dentist determine that porcelain veneers are a good match, then we’ll make an impression of your teeth to ensure that your veneers have the best fit. Depending on the brand you select, we may need to remove up to 1mm of your tooth enamel, but this will be painless. We’ll then affix your veneers to the front of your teeth, which will also be a painless procedure. Once your veneers are in place, you needn’t worry about them moving or sliding around. You also needn’t worry about staining them. They’ll look and feel as comfortable as your natural teeth and no one will know that they’re veneers unless you tell them.
At this time, we will also go over the porcelain veneers cost. The porcelain veneers procedure is unique to every patient and depends on their unique needs. Factors that will influence your porcelain veneers cost include any additional dental procedures that you need, the number of teeth involved, the brand of veneers you select, and any insurance benefits that you have. We’ll provide you with an estimate of your total cost so that you know what to expect.
Are Veneers and Crowns the Same Thing?
Although porcelain crowns and veneers are both made of porcelain, they’re two entirely different dental devices. Veneers are used to aesthetically enhance teeth that are dull, discolored, stained, chipped or unevenly spaced, but are otherwise healthy. Veneers are attached to the front of the teeth only and may require removal of a maximum of 1mm of natural tooth enamel.
Dental crowns, on the other hand, cover the entire surface of the tooth and are often called dental caps because they cap the entire surface of the tooth. Often, crowns are used to restore function and structural stability to teeth that have been severely damaged by decay, disease or trauma. Placement of a crown requires removal of at least 2mm of natural tooth enamel and they’re often used for back teeth that require additional support for chewing and biting.
Do Veneers Last a Long Time?
Typically, veneers will last for years or decades. With proper care and precautions, they may last the rest of your life. Good oral hygiene practices and precautions such as using your teeth only for their intended purpose and not for bottle or bag openers can promote the longevity of your veneers as well as your natural teeth.
Do Veneers Need Special Maintenance Routines?
Your veneers will require only the good oral hygiene practices that your natural teeth require. Regular brushing and flossing — at least twice daily — and regular dental checkups will all contribute to the longevity of your veneers.
Who Provides Veneers in Gainesville?
If you’re interested in porcelain veneers in Gainesville, call our office at (352) 389-4386 and schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists. We’ll do our best to make sure you’re happy with your new porcelain teeth. Call us today, we look forward to hearing from you.