Custom-Designed Porcelain Veneers for a Smile Transformation

You do not have to live with the embarrassment of an esthetically flawed smile. Jacksonville Dentist Dr. Lysandro Tapnio can make cosmetic enhancement with individually crafted porcelain veneers. Made of strong, wafer-thin porcelain, he can use them to cover cracks, chips, or internal stains. He can also use porcelain veneers to close gaps between your teeth or to reshape irregular teeth. In some cases, he can even place veneers to conceal minor to moderate misalignment. As with all of his procedures, Dr. Tapnio offers completely personalized treatment. He will carefully examine your teeth, and he will discuss your cosmetic goals in depth. In this way, he can design a treatment plan that is most appropriate for your oral health circumstances and cosmetic goals.

What Happens When You Receive Porcelain Veneers?

Before any cosmetic treatment, Dr. Tapnio will conduct a complete consultation to determine the most appropriate solution for you. If he concludes that veneers are a good option, he will develop an individual treatment plan. He will consider the right shape for the porcelain shells, and he will choose a shade that is a near-perfect match to your nearby teeth. Before dental veneers can be bonded to your teeth, he will need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel. He will use very gentle methods to prepare each tooth. Therefore, you should feel very little during this preparatory step.

Once your teeth are ready, Dr. Tapnio will take impressions. Our partner lab will use these models to ensure a lifelike look and fit for your veneers. While the lab technicians are fabricating them, Dr. Tapnio can usually provide temporary veneers to prevent significant sensitivity. When your final veneers have been sent back to our office, Dr. Tapnio will make sure they look great and do not interfere with your natural bite. He will make any needed adjustments at this time. Veneers strengthen your teeth and with proper care can last ten years or more.

Caring for Your Veneers

One of the great benefits of veneers is that they are easy to maintain. You will simply need to keep up regular dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and visits to our office. In addition, you should avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth, since this can crack the enamel or cause the veneers to come off. Habits such as chewing ice, biting your nails, or using your teeth to open packages can shorten the lifespan of your veneers. Nevertheless, with proper care, the porcelain could last more than a decade, and if a veneer becomes damaged, it can be easily replaced.

Additional Treatment Options

It is important to note that veneers are not a good option for severely crooked teeth. If you have widespread misalignment, malocclusion, or TMJ Disorder, Dr. Tapnio will recommend orthodontics.

If you have suffered tooth erosion, or if you simply do not want to undergo the prep work necessary for veneers, Dr. Tapnio may recommend LUMINEERS®. These thinner veneers offer many of the same benefits as traditional veneers. However, thanks to their smaller size, they require little to no enamel removal. Nevertheless, LUMINEERS® are not suitable for all cosmetic functions since they are more translucent than traditional veneers.

Dr. Tapnio can perform another treatment in conjunction with veneers. For example, gum contouring is a common option. He might also recommend whitening to enhance the teeth without veneers. Dr. Tapnio will discuss these additional options at your initial consultation. He wants you to enjoy a rejuvenated smile, but he will never pressure you to choose treatment that is not in your best interests.

Schedule a Cosmetic Consultation

Find out if porcelain dental veneers are a good solution for you. Contact us today to book an appointment with Dr. Tapnio.

For a textbook definition on porcelain veneers, read this article.