November 28, 2018
Even if you were not born with a perfect set of teeth, that doesn’t mean it is too late to get a beautiful smile. Procedures in cosmetic dentistry can help to transform the appearance of your pearly whites without investing tons of money or time. Porcelain veneers in North Sarasota are one common treatment for patients who are less than satisfied with their look. But, often they have one question: will my porcelain veneers look real? The answer is a resounding yes.
Veneers Are Highly Customizable
Just because you get porcelain veneers does not mean you will have a super white, unnatural-looking chiclet smile. That white tee-shirt look really doesn’t suit many people — and a great cosmetic dentist knows that. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can be customized to match the size, shape, and shade that will match your unique facial features the best. For example, the general rule of thumb is that teeth look best when they are the shade of the whites of your eyes. Porcelain comes with a precise color-matching guide to achieve the perfect shade. By working hand-in-hand with your dentist, you can be sure that your results will look naturally you… just a bit (or a lot) improved!
How the Treatment Works
Placing porcelain veneers requires two visits to the dentist with a week or two spent waiting with temporary veneers in between. In the first appointment, a small layer of tooth enamel is removed from the front surface of each tooth. Then, impressions are taken to capture the precise dimensions and dentition of the teeth. Temporary veneers will be applied to cover up their surface while a treatment plan is sent to an expert ceramist, where the veneers will be created to your unique specifications.
Once the veneers have been created, you will return to the dentist’s office. The temporaries will be removed and the permanent veneers will be checked to make sure they will look, fit, and feel perfect. Then, a special bonding agent is applied to help the veneers secure tightly to the front surface of the tooth. After this process is complete, you will get the first look at your new smile — and you are sure to love the natural-looking results.
Maintaining Your Custom Smile
When cared for properly, dental veneers can last for upwards of 20 years. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth regularly, being gentle around the veneers. Avoid biting directly into excessively hard, crunchy, or chewy items as doing so poses a risk for dislodging the veneers. If you do start to notice an issue with a veneer, do not hesitate to get in touch with your cosmetic dentist right away!
So, to answer your question, porcelain veneers DO look natural when you are partnering with an expert cosmetic dentist in North Sarasota. It’s a great way to get a smile you will love showing off!
Meet the Practice
Dr. Warren G. Hoffman is an expert cosmetic dentist offering treatments like porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and more. He knows the importance of taking the time to listen to his patients’ smile goals for beautiful, natural-looking results. To learn more or to book an appointment, contact Dr. Hoffman at (941) 358-8830.