Who Should Get Veneers?
Virtually any cosmetic problem can be corrected with dental veneers. They are an excellent option for people who wish to remake their smiles without investing in multiple cosmetic treatments. By simply covering up the imperfect teeth, veneers fix any number of problems, all at once.
These dental imperfections are commonly corrected using veneers:
Chipped or broken teeth
Slightly gapped teeth
Teeth that are misshapen, appearing pointy or too short
Stained teeth that haven’t responded to professional teeth whitening
Patients who have functional problems in addition to aesthetic imperfections may be better served by a dental crown. Also called caps, dental crowns completely surround a decayed or damaged tooth to restore its strength and function. Your dentist can help you understand which is the best option for you.
Healthy teeth and gums are a necessary prerequisite of veneers. You will undergo an initial checkup and cleaning with Dr. Russo to ensure your mouth is healthy enough to receive the treatment. Spots of decay and evidence of gum disease should be treated before beginning with veneers.
Smile makeover by Dr. Russo with upper porcelain veneers after gum reshaping
Smile makeover by Dr. Russo using a combination of crowns and veneers
Can Veneers Eliminate the Need for Braces?
In some instances, veneers can save you from having to undergo orthodontic treatment. Minor gaps in the front teeth, or teeth that appear to be off-center do not necessarily need braces -- instead, veneers can cover up the problem. Of course, when crowding or serious misalignments are present, crooked teeth are best treated with braces. Fortunately, Dr. Russo also provides Inman Aligners, which are a discreet and fast way to straighten your smile.
Procedure for Veneers
The veneer treatment is carried out over two visits to Dr. Russo’s office. During the first appointment, a plan is put in place and your teeth are prepared for the veneers. Preparation involves removing a small portion of enamel from the surface of each tooth to allow the veneers to lie flat against the surrounding natural teeth. After preparation, impressions are taken and temporary veneers are placed to protect the prepared teeth. In the time between appointments, your veneers are manufactured in a separate lab and sent back to us. You’ll come back to Dr. Russo’s office for their final placement once they are ready.
Caring for Your Veneers
Maintaining your veneers doesn’t require much more than what you are already used to -- brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist. However, you should be aware how certain habits, like nail biting and chewing ice, can put your veneers at-risk of breaking. People who play sports or grind their teeth at night should protect their dental veneers with a custom mouth guard.
Are you still curious about veneers for your smile? This service is incredibly popular because it fixes numerous flaws all at once. However, many patients have questions about treatment. We want everyone to feel confident in our cosmetic services. That’s why we provided the answers to some FAQs about veneers in Orlando. Read on to satisfy your curiosity and learn more about this amazing option for smile transformation.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers offer patients a variety of unique benefits that they won’t be able to enjoy with other services. Primarily, veneers are custom-made to your exact size, shape, and shade specifications, allowing you to get your dream smile. This makes it easy for your cosmetic dentist in Orlando to use veneers to cover a wide range of imperfections, including chips, cracks, gaps, and much more.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers are designed to last for at least seven years, but you can get up to 20 years out of your new smile with proper care. It’s important to maintain a good at-home dental hygiene routine in order to keep your veneers clean. However, it’s also vital to ensure that you wear a mouthguard during sports or physical activity to protect your teeth from damage or injury. Plus, if you are susceptible to nighttime teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, wear a nightguard during sleep to keep your enamel healthy.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of your veneers will vary depending on your teeth. No two smiles are the same, which is why the only way to get a precise estimate is to schedule a consultation with our office. Dr. Russo will carefully examine your smile, the condition of your oral health, and the flaws that affect your teeth. Next, he will develop a personalized treatment plan that includes the price of your veneers. It’s important to remember that insurance providers typically do not cover cosmetic dentistry. However, this will all depend on your specific plan.
What should I do if one of my veneers comes off?
While unlikely, it is still possible for a veneer to come off of your smile once it’s placed. If this occurs, try not to panic! Find the veneer and store it in a safe place—do NOT try to glue it or put it back on your smile. Next, schedule an appointment for a proper repair from Dr. Russo. Typically, this won’t be painful, but you may experience sensitivity to cold foods or beverages.
Does it hurt to get veneers?
We will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable before beginning the process. In smaller cases of two to four veneers, there will be little to no discomfort once the numbness is over. However, slight soreness of the gums is expected if you receive 8 or more veneers. Usually, you can manage this small discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication.