Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve the look of your smile. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, clear shells of fine dental porcelain that we bond to the front of damaged teeth. As a common cosmetic dental procedure, we can include porcelain veneers in your custom treatment plan without issue.
What can porcelain veneers fix? Porcelain veneers can correct a number of practical and aesthetic concerns such as:
Advances in materials and equipment make today’s porcelain veneers look and feel more like normal teeth. The dental porcelain that creates these cosmetic creations is very fine, and reflects the light just as natural tooth enamel does.
Jacksonville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Alexander takes a very conservative approach to prepare the teeth for porcelain veneers. He leaves as much of the natural tooth as possible. With the CEREC system, we are able to produce many of our porcelain veneers in our Jacksonville office, while the patient waits. This saves the patient from awkward temporaries and many visits.
Maintaining an oral health routine that includes dental cleanings is key to the long-term success of your porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains from food and drinks, so you can be sure your smile will remain youthful and bright.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last between 15 to 20 years before we recommend replacement. You can extend the life of your veneers with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Are porcelain veneers durable?
Yes. They are more durable than tooth bonding, an alternative procedure. Although they are not indestructible. Porcelain veneers consist of solid porcelain, so they can incur damage. You will need to replace them if damage occurs.
Will porcelain veneers damage my teeth?
No, only improperly placed veneers will damage your teeth. This thin material acts, in part, as a protective shell for your tooth. It can protect your tooth from stains, cavities, and more.
Can you whiten dental veneers?
No, veneers will not react to professional teeth whitening treatments. If you have old veneers that have discolored over time and require replacement, contact our office.
Can I get cavities if I have veneers?
You can still experience tooth decay and cavities even if veneers cover your teeth. Veneers cover the front of your tooth enamel, but will not fully cover your tooth. If you develop tooth decay, the teeth behind your veneers can still be affected. It’s important to properly care for your veneers and natural teeth to prevent decay.
Will tooth grinding damage veneers?
We will not recommend veneers for patients with bruxism or tooth clenching and grinding. Like natural teeth, dental veneers can sustain damage from the forces of clenching and grinding.
3 Treatments To Fix A Broken Tooth
If you have broken teeth, it is important you find a solution as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your smile. When you do not fix broken or damaged teeth in time, it may lead to tooth decay, gum infections, and even tooth loss. Dr. Alexander offers a selection of restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services used to repair damaged or broken teeth.
Dr. Alexander will carefully examine your teeth to determine which solution will give you the most natural-looking, effective results. If you would like to learn more about your options, contact our Jacksonville FL dentist office.
Treatments For Broken Teeth
During your visit, Dr. Alexander will examine your teeth to determine which treatment is right for you. He will also address any underlying dental problems to ensure your teeth are functional and healthy.
Dental Bonding: We can use dental bonding to address concerns like gapped teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and discolored teeth. We can usually complete a dental bonding procedure in just one short visit. Dr. Alexander will apply a tooth-colored resin to the affected teeth.
Next, he will shape and mold the tooth-colored resin to the desired shape. We harden the tooth-colored resin into place using a special light. Once the tooth-colored resin is set, Dr. Alexander will polish the tooth and make any last-minute adjustments.
Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers address the same concerns that dental bonding addresses. However, porcelain veneers are a more durable, effective solution. If porcelain veneers are right for you, Dr. Alexander will walk you through the process during your appointment.
Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are essential “caps” that cover the damaged part of the teeth. We can use dental crowns to address chipped or cracked teeth, cavities, misshapen teeth, and discolored teeth. Receiving dental crowns may take anywhere from 2-3 weeks.
Schedule A Porcelain Veneer Treatment in Jacksonville, FL
Contact our dentist office to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you! You can also schedule your consultation online with Dr. Alexander.