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Everyone wants to make a strong first impression with their smile, but if there’s a flaw that catches your eye every time you look in the mirror, you’re probably worried about leaving the wrong kind of impression. And while some people only have one or two minor imperfections to worry about, others might be bothered by so many flaws that they don’t know where to start. Are there several cosmetic corrections that you want to make at once? Get in touch with Dr. Ponnaganti to learn more about how porcelain veneers from our Westchase, FL cosmetic dentist can be used to refresh your grin.
A veneer is somewhat like a crown in that it’s a restoration that’s meant to cover your natural enamel. However, instead of hiding the entire tooth, it is only placed on the front surface that is typically visible whenever you smile. By doing so, we can hide multiple cracks, stains, and misshapen teeth all at once. You can receive a single veneer, or you can get a complete set for your entire visible smile. Note that the teeth will need to be prepared before veneer placement by having small amounts of enamel removed.
There are many people who stand to enjoy a bright future with a better smile by receiving porcelain veneers. You may be a good candidate for veneers if:
Porcelain veneers are a great solution to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Although you are excited to correct your aesthetic imperfections, it’s normal to have a few concerns, but there isn’t any reason to worry. We’ll address your apprehensions during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us to calm your nerves.
No one wants to undergo a painful procedure, but you don’t need to stress about any discomfort when choosing veneers. We will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth before preparing your teeth. You may have some slight sensitivity after we’ve applied your temporary veneers, which is more common to occur if you require several restorations. Some people report “bonding sensitivity.” It is a sharp, sudden pain that happens when eating or drinking something hot or cold. Any discomfort you experience will subside within a couple of days. You can manage it using an over-the-counter pain reliever and a saltwater rinse.
Technically, veneers aren’t permanent because they will need to be replaced eventually; however, they aren’t considered reversible. We’ll need to etch the surface of your teeth to remove a small amount of enamel to allow the veneers to fit snuggly. Unfortunately, your enamel will not grow back if your veneers are taken off, so your teeth will always need to be covered with a restoration.
Although veneers are thinner than ever, they are durable, but they aren’t indestructible. It is best to take a few precautions to protect your veneers from damage, especially while your temporary ones are in place. We recommend avoiding hard foods, like raw fruits and vegetables, which can break your veneers. It’s also a good idea to skip any sticky foods that may pull your veneers off your teeth. Your temporary veneers will be susceptible to stains, so you may want to avoid any darkly pigmented foods and drinks. Once you have received your permanent veneers, you can enjoy most of your favorite foods; however, we still suggest avoiding those that are extremely hard or crunchy. If your teeth are sensitive after your treatment, stay away from hot or cold foods and drinks. If you drink alcohol, consume it in moderation to prevent weakening the bonding material that holds your veneers to your teeth.
There isn’t any way to determine how many veneers you’ll need without first performing a consultation to assess your smile and learn more about your goals. A veneer can be bonded to a single tooth to fix a chip or crack, but we often recommend applying them to the teeth most visible when you smile. As a result, it is not uncommon to need 6 to 8 veneers. Some patients may need as many as 10 or 12. Multiple veneers will help ensure your smile looks natural and symmetrical.
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