There are many reasons to seek out a beautiful smile makeover. Some people feel their teeth are too small or too large. For others, cracks, gaps, or discolorations make them feel unsatisfied with their appearance. Sometimes people just want to feel more confident about themselves. Porcelain veneers can address all these concerns in as few as two visits.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that are shaped to precisely fit over your teeth. The illustration to the left shows a porcelain veneer and how it fits onto the tooth. There are many brands of veneers available, and Dr. Root will work with you to determine the right one for you. Porcelain is an exquisite material to work with because it can mimic the color variation, translucence, and sparkle of real teeth. It has the added advantage of being harder and more stain-resistant than your own enamel.
Our Procedure Begins with Smile Design
The first step in creating a new smile that will absolutely thrill you is smile design. This process is not taught in dental school, and Dr. Root, through his membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, has pursued the continuing postdoctoral education needed to create truly aesthetic results. He also has a highly regarded ceramist who will work on your case, along with Dr. Root, to create the smile you want.
During the smile design process, you’ll have a chance to talk about what a beautiful smile means to you. You can bring in photos to show us, and we’ll show you the possibilities we see as well. We’ll listen to you, so you can rest assured that the smile you really want is the one we’ll create for you.
Minimal Preparation Veneers
Dr. Root believes in preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Some dentists, when they do a smile makeover, prefer using crowns. But crowns require grinding away most of the tooth structure of anterior teeth. Dr. Root feels that this is unnecessary. With newer ultra-thin porcelains, it is only necessary to lightly shave the teeth, enough to make room for maybe 0.3 millimeters of porcelain, about half the thickness of a fingernail. Bonded to your teeth, these veneers will feel and act like they are a part of you, and you may even come to forget that you have anything artificial in your mouth.
The process begins with the light shaving of your teeth, an impression of your teeth, and then the placement of provisional veneers.
In creating your veneers, Dr. Root partners with master ceramist Takayoshi Nishihata, a member of the Oral Design Group in Valkaria, Florida. Mr. Nishihata is selective in the dentists he works with, and we feel fortunate to be able to use his services. He will create your veneers according to the directions you and Dr. Root give him.
The bonding process is a separate appointment. Properly bonded, they will stay on your teeth for many years. They are very hard—harder than your own enamel, and more color stable than natural teeth.
Porcelain Veneer Post-Operative Care
You’ll want to be a little more careful with your new smile than you were with your natural teeth. With the investment you’ve made in your teeth, you’ll want to be sure you keep them clean. If you haven’t been a regular flosser, now would be a good time to start. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol because alcohol, if used too often, can soften the bonding composite. If you engage in contact sports, wear a mouthguard. Don’t bite on nails or pins or other metal objects. Also, Dr. Root will recommend that you wear a nightguard to protect your veneers.
When you’re ready to find out what a beautiful smile makeover can do for you, give us a call or complete our online Request an Appointment form. We’ll be here to help you find an appointment time that really works for your schedule.
And Dr. Root offers a brief complimentary consultation for porcelain veneers, so if you would like to come in and meet him to talk over your aspirations before you commit to a complete examination, just let us know.