Ever wish you had the smile you’ve always wanted? Not long ago, if you had cosmetic issues with your teeth, your options were limited and invasive for improving their appearance. Fortunately, thanks to modern dental advances, that beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed about is within your reach. Dr. Ryan Lepore at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL can correct all these types of issues and more with porcelain dental veneers. These custom-shaped, ultra-thin pieces of porcelain are placed over your teeth to hide imperfections in a minimally invasive procedure, giving you a natural-looking and terrific smile.
Issues that porcelain veneers can fix
Porcelain veneers are versatile and highly effective way of covering up cosmetic issues with your teeth. Patients with the following imperfections in their smile may benefit from veneers:
- Chips in their teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are oddly sized
- Permanent stains or discolorations that are resistant to whitening
- Mild gaps between teeth
- Mild tooth misalignment
What to expect
One of the best aspects of porcelain veneers from a dentistry perspective is that minimal preparation of your teeth is necessary to place them. This means that minimal tooth structure needs to be altered, which can help preserve the health of your tooth over the long-term.
First, Dr. Lepore will examine your teeth and gums to get a complete picture of your overall oral health. If you have any issues such as decay or gum disease, you will likely need to treat those issues prior to cosmetic treatments such as veneers. Because your smile is such an important part of how others perceive you, Dr. Lepore will take the time to understand what you like and don’t like about your teeth and what your goals are so that he can custom-design veneers for a smile that truly reflects your personality and preferences.
To create and place your veneers, Dr. Lepore will first plan your case with his dental laboratory. With this approach, you will typically leave the initial day with prototype temporaries which will mimic the size and shape of your proposed design. This allows any changes to be made prior to the delivery of your final restorations. On the day of preparation, we will prepare your teeth by removing approximately half a millimeter of enamel from the surface of your teeth, which is about the same thickness as the veneers. Then, dental impressions will be taken so that the veneers can be fabricated to fit your smile perfectly. Once they are ready, you come back into the office, where you will “try on” the veneers to ensure they look, feel, and fit just right. If necessary, Dr. Lepore will adjust until you are both happy with the results. At that point, Dr. Lepore will clean and etch your teeth to help facilitate a strong bond, and then use a strong dental cement to adhere the veneers to your teeth.
The smile you’ve always wanted
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and whether you are a good candidate, call Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL today at (727) 608-4690 to schedule your personalized consultation!