Veneers

Veneers Coral Gables, FL

If you experience teeth that are chipped, stained, discolored, misaligned, worn down, uneven, broken or abnormally spaced. Dental Veneers are a great professional cosmetic and restorative dental solution.

With the use of dental veneers Dr. Peggy Alvarez-Penabad can help your teeth look natural, attractive and healthy again. For more information related to dental veneers or our Smile Design promotions, please call our office today at (305) 548-8690. We look forward to working with you and help you smile for the rest of your life.

Dental Veneers

In dentistry, a veneer is a layer of material placed over the front visible part of the tooth. This material can help improve the aesthetics of a smile and/or protect the tooth's surface from damage.

Types of Veneers

Here are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer:

  • Composite Veneers: is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth. Is the least expensive option.
  • Porcelain Veneers: is a thin shell made of a resistant material (porcelain), that is custom-made to fit on the tooth. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.

What To Expect During A Veneer Procedure

Getting a dental veneer usually requires from two to three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below:

Diagnosis and treatment planning: This first step involves your active participation. Explain to Dr. Peggy the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment, Dr. Peggy will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. She also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.

Preparation: To prepare a tooth for a veneer, Dr. Peggy will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and Dr. Peggy will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, Dr. Peggy will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for Dr. Peggy to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed. .

Bonding: Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, Dr. Peggy will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. She will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, Dr. Peggy will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Dr. Peggy may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer's placement.

Recovery And Post-procedure Care

Veneers are durable and have been shown to last for many years before requiring replacement. Seeing Dr. Peggy and hygienist for regular examinations and dental cleanings is important for maintaining the health of your mouth and longevity of your restorations.

Aftercare is extremely important. Chipped or fractured porcelain veneers cannot be repaired, so Dr. Peggy will advise you of the costs and added time associated with replacing a damaged restoration

To reduce the risk of damage, do not bite or chew on hard objects such as nut shells or bones, and do not use your teeth to open or tear packages. Dr. Peggy also may advise you to avoid certain foods that could cause damage.

Brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, and be sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste. Because veneers are highly polishable, the risk of staining them with food or drink after the procedure is complete is greatly reduced. However, brushing after drinking red wine, coffee, tea or soda is advisable.

Take Good Care Of Your New Smile

Care must be taken not to abuse veneers because the thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or break.

Dr. Peggy may advise you against certain uses or dietary tendencies (such as eating carrots) and may recommend you wear a protective appliance while sleeping, especially if you are a bruxer.

We invite you to call or visit our office today to learn more about custom dental veneers and how we can enhance your smile. If you have any questions about this procedure, please reach out to our office by calling 3055488690. We look forward to hearing from you!