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Porcelain Veneers in Altamonte Springs, FL

Cracked, discolored, and poorly aligned teeth are no match for the revitalizing power of porcelain veneers! With this cosmetic dentistry treatment, our doctors at LC&Z Dentistry can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. In fact, veneers can deliver the same aesthetic results of orthodontic treatment in just a fraction of the time. Since porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and highly durable, you'll enjoy the results for years to come.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a thin ceramic layer that is bonded to the surface of a tooth, as a replacement for the natural enamel. Natural enamel is translucent and light-absorbing; our porcelain veneers are designed to create the same effect so that your smile looks completely natural. The color, shape, width, and length of your teeth can be transformed with our high-quality porcelain veneers.

The Veneer Process

Porcelain veneers can be designed and fitted in just a few short appointments. Typically, at your first visit the dentist will lightly buff your teeth in preparation for the eventual veneer application, which means removing about a one-half millimeter of enamel. Then a mold of the patient’s teeth is made so that each veneer is precisely customized in shape and fit. During the last phase of treatment, usually at your second visit, your doctor will fit and securely bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth. The ultimate result is a bright, luminescent, and healthy-looking smile.
 

More About Porcelain Veneers

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Dental porcelain veneers, also called dental porcelain laminates, are thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom-made to be placed on the surface of teeth for cosmetic purposes. The veneers are bonded to the teeth to alter their shape, size, color, or length. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and they’re able to very closely emulate natural teeth.
 

What Dental Issues Do Veneers Resolve?

Veneers are often utilized to repair:
 

  • Discolored teeth – this could be due to stains from smoking, coffee, tea childhood tetracycline use, excessive use of fluoride, or fillings that have caused discoloration.
  • Worn Teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Irregularly shaped, misaligned, or uneven teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

What's the Process for Getting Porcelain Veneers?

It normally will take three visits to complete the porcelain veneer process. There will be one visit for consultation and two more visits to have the veneers made and then applied to your teeth. Several teeth can undergo this procedure at the same time. The steps are listed below.
 

Diagnosis and Planning

This initial step involves patient participation. You must describe the type of results you desire. Your teeth will be examined to ensure porcelain veneers are a good solution. We’ll also discuss the procedure and its limitations. We may make impressions of your teeth and mouth and take x-rays.
 

Preparation

Preparation for a porcelain veneer will involve the removal of approximately 0.5 mm of enamel from the surface of a tooth. This thickness is identical to that of the veneer that will be bonded to the tooth. A local anesthetic may be used to make the area numb. An impression of your tooth (or teeth) will then be taken and sent to a dental lab that will make your veneers. It will normally take about 3 weeks for us to receive your veneers from the lab. In some cases, where teeth are particularly displeasing, we can place temporary veneers.
 

Bonding

Prior to permanently attaching your veneer we will place it on a tooth temporarily to check its color and fit. The veneer may be removed and trimmed, if needed, so it will fit correctly. The color of the veneer can also be changed slightly by using different colored cement. The tooth will now be polished, cleaned and etched in preparation to receive the porcelain veneer and ensure adequate bonding. A dental cement is placed on the veneer prior to it being placed upon a tooth. After the veneer is correctly positioned a light beam will be applied to the veneer which will activate the cement, which will cause the cement to rapidly harden. Lastly, excess cement may be removed and your bite will be examined. Final adjustments will be made as necessary. We may request that you return for a follow up to ensure the veneers are well placed and to ensure that your gums react favorably to the veneers.
 

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

  • Porcelain veneers have a natural appearance
  • Porcelain is usually well tolerated by gums
  • Porcelain veneers are resistant to stain
  • Porcelain veneers can brighten the appearance of dark teeth
  • Veneers can be successfully applied without radically altering the shape of a tooth. Veneers normally don’t need the large amount of shaping that crowns require.

How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers normally last anywhere from seven to fifteen years. Subsequent to this time, they might need replacement.
 

Do Porcelain Veneers Need Special Care?

Porcelain veneers don’t need any extra care. Follow your normal practice of oral hygiene including flossing, brushing and rinsing with a mouthwash.

Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but we still recommend that our patients to stay away from stain causing drinks like tea, coffee, and red wine.

If you habitually clench or grind your teeth you may be fitted with a nocturnal bite guard so your veneers aren’t damaged.
 

What’s The Alternative To Porcelain Veneers?

Alternatives may include crowns and bonding. Veneers work best for people who desire to alter the shape of their teeth more than what can be done with bonding, but not as much as a crown can.

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