Welcome back to the Mystic Oaks blog! Lately, we have been talking about cosmetic dentistry and how investing in it could radically change your life. Today, we are going to discuss a procedure that cosmetic dentists provide that is an easy way to get the pearly whites that you will be proud to show off — veneers. Veneers can fix a variety of smile imperfections such as staining, chips, and gaps. Keep reading to learn more about this popular and effective method of achieving a beautiful smile.

If you live in the Wesley Chapel area and are looking to invest in cosmetic dentistry, contact Mystic Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We can help you decide what is the best method for achieving that smile that you will love to show off. We offer compassion dental care for the whole family.

What Are Veneers?

A veneer is a permanent dental feature that is made from porcelain and fixed to your tooth to resemble natural enamel. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry veneers provide “strength and resilience” in addition to aesthetics. Because veneers are custom made, they can be contoured and shaped to the most attractive shape for your smile.     

Why Veneers?

Veneers can give you those white, bright teeth you’ve always wanted. Additionally, they fix gaps and misalignments, as well as fractures and chips in your teeth. Veneers are an investment, but can be worth every penny when they allow you dental comfort, the self-confidence that you deserve, and opportunities for advancement in your career and social standing.  

What’s the Most Common Veneer?

Porcelain is the most commonly used veneer. However, lumineers and composite resin veneers are also popular. The reason why many choose to use porcelain veneers is that they last 10 to 20 years depending on the wear and care they recieve. Veneers, especially porcelain veneers, are quite an investment — $800-1200 per tooth — so before you commit, it is important that you understand the effectiveness of this cosmetic dental procedure for your needs and that they will eventually need to be replaced.

How Are They Placed?

Usually, it takes one to two appointments for veneers to be fixed to your teeth and usually they can be applied without anesthesia. The typical process for applying veneers is painless and easy:

Step 1: The dentist removes a bit of the tooth’s enamel, cleans the tooth, and determines the correct shape of veneer needed.

Step 2: An impression is taken of the tooth so the veneers can be created and a temporary veneer is placed on the tooth.

Step 3: Once the veneer is created, the tooth is prepared for application, cement is applied, and the veneer is affixed and light-cured.

Step 4: The veneers are polished.

How Do I Care For Them?

Caring for your veneers is easy because it’s just like caring for your teeth before your cosmetic procedure: brush your teeth, floss, use mouthwash, and avoid staining and potentially harmful foods. Before you commit to veneers, you need to be sure that they are the right procedure for you because they are permanent and will need to be replaced in the future.

If you are interested in veneers, but aren’t sure if they are the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for you, call our cosmetic dentist! Dr. Sarwan would love to speak with you about veneers and how to achieve a smile that is healthy and one that you love. Make an appointment today with Wesley Chapel’s Top Rated Dentists.