Cosmetic dentists use veneers as a tool to perform procedures that improve the appearance of teeth, and increase the self-esteem and happiness of patients. They can restore individual teeth to resolve fractures and discoloration, or many teeth at a time. When a patient has very small teeth, worn away tooth edges, or teeth that appear crooked due to positioning, veneers can help. They can fill spaces, lengthen a tooth, correct the appearance of gum recession, provide an even color shade across the teeth, and make them appear more straight and uniform. Veneers are also recommended by dentists for the strengthening of teeth that have been worn down. When they are thin, veneers can be a great option for aging patients with worn down teeth.
The preparation for porcelain veneers in Tampa is virtually nonexistent, although it can vary based on the condition of the teeth, and the desired effect. Traditionally, a very thin layer of tooth enamel is removed in order to allow for the thickness of the veneer to be added. For porcelain or indirect composite veneers, a model or impression of the tooth will be formed. This model will then be sent to a lab so that a specialist can craft the veneer. Once its ready, it is sent to the dental office so that the dentist can apply it. For the application process preparation, the natural tooth is lightly etched, using a small amount of an acid. The veneer is then bonded to the tooth with a resin or dental cement. Afterwards, the veneer is then cured with a special light. Curing the veneer allows it to instantly harden and form. It can be shaped and adjusted by hand before or after the bonding process in order to fit it to the desired result and the shape of the mouth. At the end of the process, any excess bonding agent can be removed by hand.