Dental veneers provide another option for your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist. With a dental veneer, a very thin piece of porcelain or resin composite is glued to the front surface of your teeth. In addition to helping with stains and pitting, veneers might be recommended for helping to close a gap between teeth or to help hide cosmetic damage from prior dental treatments.
Over time, teeth can become stained, chipped, pitted, and damaged. Even with proper oral hygiene, eating or drinking acidic foods can eat away at the enamel of the teeth, and smoking or drinking coffee can leave your teeth with permanent stains.
Your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist may suggest dental veneers made of porcelain or resin composite. Porcelain usually looks more natural and resists stains, but porcelain veneers are slightly thicker. If your enamel is damaged, your dentist might suggest resin composite, because they don’t require that you remove as much enamel.
The process of getting veneers may require several visits. Your first step is to consult with a qualified cosmetic dentist. While veneers can be a great option, these initial consultations can help to determine whether veneers are right for you, and to decide whether any other dental work needs to occur before veneers are applied. If you want the best cosmetic dentist in Coral Gables, call Dr. Aller at Miracle Smiles for your consultation.
After your consultation, your dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the fronts of your teeth. This may sound scary, but the dentist usually removes less than half of a millimeter. Once this is done, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental laboratory. The lab will custom mill your veneers and send them back to your dentist, who will apply them with a dental adhesive.
Veneers are quite durable, but with normal use they need to be replaced every 5-10 years. Your dentist can provide you with specific care instructions to maximize the life of your dental veneers.