4 Things to Know When Considering Veneers

Are you considering getting veneers? Porcelain veneers are a great option when you have severely discolored teeth, slightly crooked teeth, chips in your teeth and gaps between your teeth. Each porcelain veneer is custom designed for the tooth, and they can be shaped to fill small gaps and hide other imperfections so that you have an amazing smile. Most people get veneers on their front teeth or the teeth that are visible when they smile.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • You will receive a whiter, brighter smile
  • Porcelain veneers can last as long as 20 years.
  • They can fix minor imperfections in your teeth.
  • Veneers can be used alongside other cosmetic treatments.

1. Veneer Shades Are Customized

Every set of veneers is customized for the individual. When most people think about getting veneers, they think about having bright white teeth. While that may sound good, bright white teeth often look fake. In fact, a bad shade of white can have your teeth looking like pieces of white gum. For this reason, the color of your veneers is customized according to your other teeth and your face so that your teeth look as natural as possible.

2. Veneers and Teeth Whitening Get the Best Results

Veneers are typically only placed on certain teeth, like the front eight or 10. Some individuals only get veneers on the worst teeth, like chipped and severely discolored teeth. The rest of the teeth are given whitening treatments to improve their appearance. Our qualified cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville can determine how many veneers you need and if you need whitening treatments for the rest of your teeth.

3. Porcelain Veneers Are Designed to Last Between 15 and 20 Years

Porcelain veneers can give you the beautiful white smile you desire, and they are a long-term investment. With good care and great oral hygiene, you can expect your porcelain veneers to last between 15 and 20 years. After they reach the end of their useful lives or if they become damaged, they will need to be replaced.

4. You Still Need to Practice Good Oral Hygiene

After you get your veneers, you will still need to practice good oral hygiene. Getting porcelain veneers doesn’t protect your teeth against gum disease or cavities, so you will still have to brush, floss and get a professional dental cleaning twice a year. In fact, practicing good oral hygiene may make your veneers last longer. You will also want to watch what you eat. Extremely hard foods and candies can damage the veneers, and if you have a tendency to grind your teeth at night, you will want to invest in a night guard so that your veneers do not damage your lower teeth.

Are You Ready to Whiten Your Smile with Veneers?

Our dentist in Jacksonville can examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. In general, individuals with permanently discolored teeth, small teeth and gapped and chipped teeth are good candidates for porcelain veneers. The veneer process involves shaving a small portion of enamel from the front of your teeth in order to prepare them to accept the veneers. Each veneer is then bonded to the individual tooth using dental cement.

After your veneers are in place, you may notice some discomfort as your teeth and gums adjust to the veneers. This pain can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers. You will wear your veneers for about two weeks before coming into our office for a follow-up visit. This visit is to ensure that you like your veneers and to make any slight changes to your veneers, including removing any dental cement that may have gotten between your teeth and filing the veneers, in order to improve their appearance and your comfort.

To learn more about how veneers can help improve your smile, call our Jacksonville dentist office at 904-731-0777 to schedule an appointment.


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