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Porcelain Veneers Tampa, FL

Do you have stained teeth? Are you looking for a way to cover chipped or cracked teeth? Ask us about veneers. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental option covering the front of the tooth. Dr. Rebecca Benedict can cover discoloration and damage with porcelain veneers in her Tampa, FL, dental office.

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells. We place veneers on the front of your teeth to improve the tooth’s color, shape, and integrity. The veneer material can reflect light like natural teeth for a more natural look.

Porcelain Veneers in Tampa, Florida

What Can Porcelain Veneers Treat?

Porcelain veneers are lasting cosmetic treatments that can cover the following: 

  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Black triangles
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Chipped teeth

We often recommend veneers to cover deep tooth stains. Patients with intrinsic stains, or stains within the tooth, may not react to professional whitening treatment. Covering discolored teeth with veneers can ensure that single-stained teeth match other teeth. Veneers can also ensure that all the teeth in the front of the mouth match.

Porcelain materials are preferable to other materials because they offer a translucent look. Natural teeth are not entirely opaque. Like porcelain, the enamel is translucent. Porcelain veneers can create more natural-looking cosmetic treatments. 

Treatment with Porcelain Veneers in Tampa, FL

Dr. Benedict can create the smile you’ve always desired with porcelain veneers. She can customize color and shape to address aesthetic concerns or tooth damage. Before treatment, Dr. Benedict will consult you to determine if veneers suit your smile.

To begin veneer treatment, we first prepare the teeth for veneers. Removing a small portion of the enamel ensures that the veneers conform to teeth. Preparation also ensures that the veneers do not feel or look bulky. Patients must be committed to veneers because the preparation will permanently change their teeth.

Once the teeth are prepared, we will take dental impressions to create your new smile. Temporary veneers are typically placed until the final restoration is complete. Finally, we bond the veneers to the teeth once they are finished with permanent dental cement.

It will take two weeks for you to get used to your new veneers. We recommend following a soft diet after you receive your new veneers. Then, you can reintroduce solid foods after 24 hours. Avoiding solid foods for those first 24 hours will prevent chips or cracks in the veneers. It’s also best to chew with the back teeth, which do not require veneers.  

Cleaning and Caring For Porcelain Veneers in Tampa, FL

Brushing and flossing are essential for natural teeth, gums, and cosmetic treatments. Veneers are unaffected by problems like dental infections. However, the teeth behind your veneers and surrounding gum tissue are still disease-prone. A good oral hygiene routine can also prevent buildup on your veneers. 

Ensure you floss before brushing to remove bacterial buildup and food debris between teeth. When you brush your teeth, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent veneer damage. Brush for two minutes twice a day.

Please get in touch with our office if you encounter any signs of teeth clenching or grinding. We can create a custom nightguard to protect your smile. Continually grinding your teeth will wear down and damage your dental veneers. We will not recommend veneers for patients who clench or grind their teeth or have TMJ problems. 

Do not use your teeth as tools, and do not bite down on hard foods or objects with your teeth. These habits can potentially chip or break your veneers. 

When Should You Replace Veneers?

You should replace veneers if they loosen or break. It is not normal for veneers to loosen. You may have a dental infection affecting the surrounding gums or the teeth covered by your veneers. Additionally, it’s a good idea to replace old, discolored veneers. Only a dentist can remove veneers and provide replacements. 

Porcelain Veneer FAQs

Learn more about porcelain veneers with answers to these popular questions from our patients: 

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

There are many advantages to cosmetic treatment with veneers: 

  • Dental veneers fix dental imperfections – gaps, cracks, chips, fractures, discoloration, and more.
  • They are custom-designed for each patient to match the shade of their natural teeth.
  • Installing veneers in place is minimally invasive and restores teeth quickly.
  • They improve the aesthetic appeal of the smile and instill confidence in patients.
  • Veneers are durable and, if taken care of, last a lifetime.

How do I care for my dental veneers?

Directly after treatment, avoid hard and crunchy foods. Avoid foods and beverages that easily stain, including coffee, tea, wine, tomatoes, and berries. When brushing, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Ensure your toothpaste does not contain abrasive materials like charcoal that can scratch your veneers. 

Veneers are strong and durable, like natural teeth. However, they require maintenance to last.

Are dental veneers reversible?

You cannot reverse veneer treatment; we prepare natural teeth before we place the veneers. We cannot reshape teeth after we remove enamel. Because of this, we recommend veneers for patients who want to cover one or more teeth permanently.

While we can remove veneers, we will still need to cover the teeth with new veneers or another treatment. We often recommend cosmetic or restorative treatment for patients with stained or damaged teeth.

How long do dental veneers last?

With the proper care, veneers can last over 15 years. To ensure that your dental veneers last, follow these tips:

  • Properly brush and floss between your veneers
  • Avoid staining foods and drinks
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools
  • Avoid tobacco products (cigarettes, vapes)
  • Do not chew on ice or other hard objects

Remember to make dental appointments every six months. We will examine your veneers regularly and provide a thorough professional cleaning to keep them bright. 

Request a Dental Appointment

Are you interested in treatment with dental veneers? Contact Dr. Benedict and her team for porcelain veneers in Tampa, FL, today at 813-733-6981. You can also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Benedict online. Please let us know if you have any questions about veneer treatment or CEREC; we will gladly help.