What one of the biggest questions patients have about any cosmetic treatment is how long they can expect results to last. Porcelain veneers are one of the longest-lasting treatments performed today. In some ways, this is advantageous but, we’ll be honest, patients do need to prepare for a lifetime of care when they choose to disguise cosmetic flaws with these indirect veneers. Here, we want to discuss what is possible with porcelain veneers and what it takes to keep them completely functional for their fullest lifespan.
Porcelain veneers are advantageous because they can disguise a wide variety of cosmetic flaws. A single veneer can be placed over a cracked tooth to make it appear in perfect condition. Likewise, it may be possible to make a turned tooth appear straight by covering it with a veneer. One should not assume that numerous veneers are needed to enhance the appearance of the smile. In our Palm Beach Gardens office, we customize treatment to the individual.
There are two types of porcelain veneers. Both are indirect, meaning that they are made in a dental lab. However, Lumineers describes a type of porcelain veneer that does not require enamel reduction. Lumineers are referred to as a no-prep veneer because of this; and because there is no enamel reduction, there is also no long-term commitment to maintenance. Standard porcelain veneers are slightly thicker than a no-prep veneer, so will involve slight enamel reduction and a need for maintenance. This should not be a deterrent. Caring for porcelain veneers is easy.
Research has indicated that the average lifespan for a traditional porcelain veneer is 10 to 15 years. The better care one takes of veneers, the longer they may last. What does this care involve? Not much, it turns out! In fact, it’s pretty much what is already done to preserve natural enamel and gum health.
When you have porcelain veneers, it is vital that you brush your teeth twice a day. Because there is a risk that plaque may accumulate around the margins of veneers, where porcelain meets enamel. This risk can also be mitigated by daily flossing. For an added ounce of protection against unnecessary deterioration, you may also create a habit of rinsing your mouth with water after consuming acidic or stain-causing foods and beverages. This is not because veneers can stain, porcelain is very stain-resistant; the reason to rinse is to avoid discoloration of the enamel that is adjacent to veneers.
We are pleased to offer traditional and no-prep veneers in our Palm Beach Gardens office. For more information, call (561) 627-9000.
Good teeth. We all want them, even if we don’t talk about it. There is a societal expectation for beauty today that has never been quite as strong. We have social media to thank for the trends that we love to follow, and also for the self-consciousness we may feel when we don’t see our truest reflection in our smile. At the office of Lerner & Lemongello in Palm Beach Gardens, we’ve got your best interest at heart. We would love to help you make your dream smile a reality, and we know how we can.
In recent years, consumers have heard more and more about porcelain dental veneers. Celebrities have become more transparent about the manner in which they achieve and maintain such beauty, and we have also seen veneers used on popular makeover shows. One of the reasons why porcelain veneer treatment is so popular is because of porcelain, in particular, looks incredibly natural. Another reason is that veneers, in general, can solve some problems in one fell swoop.
You want a perfect smile, one that represents your personality. This means that your teeth and gums and lips are in harmonious proportion. The veneering process begins and ends with this in mind. To commence treatment, we discuss the way in which you would like your smile to improve. Are there gaps that you want to be closed? Is a tooth chipped or cracked? From obvious stains to odd shapes and sizes, there is a way to create veneers to successfully disguise the issues that downgrade your smile.
After concluding how we want to improve the smile, we go to work on the physical process of mildly altering teeth that we will treat. Traditional veneers require the modest reduction to make space for the thin sheath of porcelain to lie flush with the gums. Then, we can take impressions that guide the creation of your veneers. It is during a second visit when these final enhancements are affixed to the teeth you wish to improve.
Having a great smile is not something you should dream of, it’s something you should live. Learn more about options for veneer treatment at (561) 627-9000.
Lumineers isn’t just the name of a popular folk/indie band. In fact, Lumineers is actually the name of a popular brand of porcelain veneers that we at Lerner & Lemongello like to use. If your teeth have started to decay, if they are severely discolored, or if they are simply misaligned, you may want to consider getting veneers. By giving you a near permanent solution to your cosmetic dental problems, Lumineers will help you gain your confidence back once again. Read on to learn more.
There are a variety of different veneer options available on the market. And although we do encourage some of our patients to try different brands, Lumineers are one of our go-to options due to their thin, yet strong, texture. Additionally, because of their thin texture, Lumineers look more natural than other brands of veneers because they take on a more natural looking enamel coloring.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Just as with any sort of cosmetic dental procedure, not everyone will be deemed a good candidate. However, if you suffer from the following problems or issues, then you will likely be a good candidate for Lumineers:
How Does It Work?
Unlike dental treatments such as dental implants, veneers are glued onto your existing teeth. During your initial consultation with Lerner & Lemongello, you will be fitted for dental veneers. The great thing about Lumineers dental veneers is that they are available in different sizes, shapes, and colors— so that they blend in with your other teeth. As the first step in the process, your natural teeth will be filed down so that they are significantly smaller. Once they have been filed down, the dental veneer will be placed on top of your natural tooth and will be glued down. The process is then repeated until you have your perfect, new smile.
If you have been considering getting dental veneers, consider Lumineers! To learn more or to schedule your consultation appointment, contact Lerner & Lemongello today!
There’s nothing like the absolute confidence to smile. You feel good about greeting the world and your best self shines through. But if your smile is less than perfect, you may want to consider a cosmetic dental procedure. Cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever. Patients who have never considered cosmetic or elective dental procedures are visiting or office seeking to enhance or improve their smile.
There are a wide variety of cosmetic dental options available depending on your budget and time commitment. Basic teeth whitening can make a dramatic difference in the quality of your smile. It is also one of the most inexpensive professional cosmetic services available.
For those with a greater need for improvement, porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution.
• Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.
• Porcelain is the veneer material of choice for those who need to make slight position adjustments or changes in tooth shape, size and/or color.
• A tiny amount of tooth enamel must be removed before the application of the veneer to create room for the porcelain veneer to fit inside the mouth, restore natural tooth function and create an even better appearance than the original tooth.
• Porcelain veneers are a good option for gaps between teeth, fractured teeth, bite-related problems and when the original teeth have poor color, shape, and contours.
• Sometimes superficial stains do not respond well to whitening or bleaching so a porcelain veneer may be the best option.
Veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, making it almost impossible to tell the difference between a natural tooth and a veneer. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains because they are made of high-tech materials.
Our patients love the impressive results we create for them with porcelain veneers.
The new year is the perfect time for you to invest in the future of your smile.
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Veneers are a significant investment in the future of your smile. These thin, shell-like dental devices are custom made to cover each of your teeth – correcting their shape, size, texture, color and projection. For those patients willing to make this investment, the dramatic results are well worth the cost. After receiving porcelain veneers you will appear to have a completely different and brand new smile.
Due to the expense involved, one of the most common questions we are asked before treatment is, “How long do veneers last?” Porcelain veneers are effective and long-lasting treatment. However, porcelain veneers are not permanent.
When properly constructed, adhered and maintained – your porcelain veneers should last between 10-15 years. Some patients report results that last as long as 20 years. Just like your natural tooth enamel – the beauty of your veneers are heavily dependent on your at home oral care and habits.
It is important to do the following to maintain the life of your porcelain veneers:
If your veneers need to be replaced due to damage, staining or age they can be easily replaced. Your veneers can be individually replaced or as an entire set. If you have received porcelain veneers and are concerned that it is time to replace one or many of them – contact Lerner & Lemongello for a consultation today.