Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of white porcelain or composite that are directly attached to teeth using a strong bonding adhesive made especially for dental enamel applications. Created by heating ceramic materials at high temperatures, porcelain veneers are strong yet translucent, closely mimicking the texture and appearance of dental enamel. Highly recommended by Bonita Springs dentist Dr. Victoria Rinando for restoring the appearance of chipped, fractured, crooked or permanently discolored teeth, veneers represent a modern cosmetic dental procedure that provides model perfect smiles without patients having to experience pain or surgery.
5 Great Benefits of Veneers
- Highly resistant to staining, veneers can last a decade or more if properly maintained using good oral hygiene practices.
- For teeth with minor gap issues, veneers can close those gaps between teeth without the need for braces or retainers.
- Thinner than contact lenses, veneers are made wide enough to cover the front and side of teeth so they appear natural-looking and function like real teeth.
- Since veneers are customized to fit the unique shape and shade of a patient’s teeth, they are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth.
- Veneers not only restore aesthetics to imperfect teeth but can also protect vulnerable teeth from suffering further damage.
Veneer Placement – From Start to Finish
During the first visit to Bonita Springs dentist Dr. Rinando, patients will have a mold taken of their upper and lower teeth, which is then sent to a laboratory where clinicians craft veneers based on measurements taken from the mold.
Preparation for placement of veneers by Dr. Rinando involves cleaning and “roughening” dental enamel slightly so veneers have an appropriate surface on which to adhere. If chipped or cracked teeth are not filed properly, veneers may not attach firmly, resulting in loose veneers. Shaving may also be necessary to increase the width of spaces between crowded
teeth so that veneer placement is not interrupted by space insufficiency. In addition, patients undergoing pretreatment for veneers are provided with a local or topical anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort experienced during the shaving process.
During the final visit, patients will have their specially made veneers permanently bonded to their teeth. Molecules in the dental adhesive used to cement veneers to teeth are activated by a strong beam of light that facilitates hardening of the adhesive. Dr. Rinando then cleans any excess adhesive off the tooth and evaluates the functionality of veneers by having the patient engage in a series of jaw and biting movements to make any necessary adjustments.
Caring for Your Veneers
- Brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste and floss twice a day. Vibrating toothbrushes work well to keep veneers clean and white.
- Protect veneers using common sense. Don’t bite or chew anything hard (metal, for example) and always wear a mouth-guard if you play sports.
Always make sure to keep your six-month dental cleaning and fluoride appointments. In between cleaning’s, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Rinando if you have any concerns about your new veneers.