Am I a Candidate for Veneers?
Have you been wondering about veneers for your teeth? These tiny restorations can make a huge difference in your smile. As with any other cosmetic procedure, certain requirements exist for veneers. If you've been considering veneers, Dr. Toan Tran of Mangrove Bay Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, has some answers for you.
What are veneers?
Instead of replacing your natural teeth, veneers are placed on top of their visible surfaces. They cover up cosmetic problems like chips, irregular shapes or discoloration. They can also be used to smooth out minor overlaps and fill in gaps. Your Tampa dentist Dr. Tran takes impressions of your teeth to create the exact specifications for your veneers, which are then crafted by a dental laboratory out of wafer-thin porcelain or resin. They are often no wider than a contact lens. Once they have been manufactured, each veneer will be attached to the front of the corresponding natural tooth using a bonding cement.
Who is a candidate for veneers?
One of the first things to consider about veneers is the commitment. Your Tampa dentist must remove a small amount of enamel from the natural teeth before placement to ensure a proper fit; this means they are permanent and cannot be removed if you decide you don't want them. Some or all of the veneers will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, although each patient is different.
Another important requirement is healthy enamel, which your Tampa dentist will evaluate before the veneer process begins. Although veneers are lightweight, your enamel needs to be strong enough to support them and to withstand the removal before placement. In fact, your overall dental health is an important factor in getting veneers; people with decayed teeth will need these problems addressed before veneers can be placed.
During a consultation with your Tampa dentist, you will discuss your goals and expectations for veneers. This will help you make an informed decision that will ultimately end with a beautiful, natural-looking smile! Contact Mangrove Bay Dentistry in Tampa, Florida to set up your consultation with Dr. Toan Tran today!