Process for Porcelain Veneers

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

Porcelain veneers are capable of making dramatic changes in your smile, simultaneously correcting cracked, chipped, misshapen, gapped, and discolored teeth. How do the expert Miami cosmetic dentists at Miami Designer Smiles use porcelain veneers to work their magic?

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers consist of thin facades of dental porcelain that are bonded to the front of your natural teeth. Our high-quality dental porcelain possesses a luster similar to natural tooth enamel, and the shade of the porcelain can be carefully color matched to the rest of your teeth.

Planning For Your Porcelain Veneers

An important factor is determining how many veneers you need to achieve your aesthetic goals. This depends on the cosmetic problem you are trying to treat.

If you want to use veneers to correct a chipped, cracked, or gapped tooth, you will need only one or two veneers, which need to be color-matched to your existing teeth. Our Miami cosmetic dentists actually recommend that you have your teeth whitened before getting porcelain veneers so that they can be matched to the whitest shade of your natural teeth.

If you are trying to correct the appearance of crooked teeth (a process known as instant orthodontics), short teeth, or discolored teeth through the installation porcelain veneers, you may be planning on getting a full set of veneers to cover all visible tooth surfaces. In this case, color-matching is not as important, and you can use veneers to significantly whiten the appearance of your teeth, picking the shade you desire rather than the one you are limited to by teeth whitening.

You can also decide on the type of smile you want to achieve, influencing the age and personality you want your smile to communicate to people who see it.

Preparing Your Teeth for Porcelain Veneers

To prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers, it is necessary to remove a small amount of your natural enamel. This allows the porcelain veneers to bond smoothly and flush against your tooth without any ledges or gaps that can trap food particles and harbor bacteria, which can become breeding grounds for tooth decay. The amount of tooth structure that is removed in most cases is minute—a fraction of the width of a hair. If you are looking to realign crooked or rotated teeth, it may be necessary to remove more tooth structure. Typically, the process is painless, but we use local anesthesia to ensure you experience little to no discomfort. Dental sedation is available for anxious or fearful patients.

Once your teeth have been prepared, impressions are taken of your prepared teeth. These are sent, along with notes about your cosmetic goals, to the dental lab where your high-quality porcelain veneers will be custom-crafted. In the meantime, you will be fitted with temporary restorations.

Evaluating and Fitting Your Veneers

Our Miami cosmetic dentists have very exacting standards for porcelain veneers. That’s why we only work with the highest-quality dental labs, and even then we put their products under careful scrutiny before putting them on your teeth. Then we will use a temporary bond to give you a chance to evaluate your veneers for color, fit, and appearance before they are bonded permanently in place. We are able to make minor adjustments to the fit of your veneers in our office, but if they’re not right, we can send them back.

Once you’re happy with the fit, the porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth, and you can begin enjoying their great-looking and long-lasting results. We will give you care instructions, and if you follow these care instructions (which are mostly the same as for your natural teeth), your veneers are likely to last more than a decade.

Why Choose Miami Designer Smiles?

If you are considering improving the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers, you want to work with a cosmetic dentist whose standards are as high as yours and the discerning judgment to see flaws even you can’t. You need a cosmetic dentist with advanced training and experience in porcelain veneers cases. At Miami Designer Smiles, both our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia, have trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and they both have extensive experience using porcelain veneers to achieve great smiles. Click here for more information on how to choose the right cosmetic dentist for you.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and how our cosmetic dentists use them to reshape your smile, please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today or call (305) 595-4616 to schedule your initial appointment. Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.