Veneers Specialist

Creating Smiles Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in St. Petersburg, FL & Clearwater, FL

If you’re looking to perfect your smile, consider porcelain veneers. At Creating Smiles Dental, led by Cindy Brayer, DMD, PA, and Phong Phane, DMD, the team uses the renowned Componeers®, which custom fit right over your teeth to correct cracks, discoloration, or misalignments. If you’ve been thinking about getting veneers or want to learn more, call Creating Smiles Dental in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, today for an appointment or request one online.

Veneers Q&A

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin overlays of porcelain that perfect the appearance of your teeth, creating a natural, radiant smile. Your dentist at Creating Smiles Dental bonds the veneers directly to your teeth for a permanent solution to an imperfect smile.

What are the benefits of veneers?

Veneers vastly improve the look of your teeth and, as a result, can boost your self-confidence. Your dentist only needs to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to apply the veneers, leaving most of your teeth intact. Plus, the material used to make veneers is resistant to stains from coffee, red wine, and other foods that can yellow your natural teeth. 

Creating Smiles Dental also offers Componeers® as an alternative to traditional veneers. Componeers are much thinner so your dentist removes less enamel when applying them. They also require fewer office visits since they don’t involve custom molding, and are made of a composite material that’s durable and easier to repair. 

Componeers are also half the cost of traditional porcelain veneers, and may qualify as a restorative treatment that’s covered by some insurance companies.  

What types of conditions can be corrected with veneers?

Veneers can be an alternative to crowns or other more invasive dental work. They’re often the best way to:

  • Create a uniform, white smile
  • Correct crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Whiten discolored or stained teeth
  • Even out tooth size, shape, and spacing
  • Enhance the look of worn or chipped teeth

How are veneers applied?

Your dentist will determine whether you need a local anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure. To apply veneers, your dentist files down about 0.5 millimeters of enamel from your teeth’s surface, allowing the overlay to fit naturally on your teeth. You’ll have impressions of your teeth taken, and sent home with temporary veneers while your permanent veneers are made. 

Your first visit may take anywhere from 1.5 to two hours. When the permanent veneers come in after about two weeks, they’re bonded to your teeth using a special cement. To ensure they’re fitting properly, your dentist may recommend a follow-up visit in a few weeks.

How do you take care of veneers?

You care for veneers just as you would your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings keep them pristine and help you maintain good oral health. Once they’re applied, you must avoid chewing very hard objects, such as ice, as it can damage the veneers. 

To find out if you’re a candidate for veneers, call Creating Smiles Dental today for an appointment, or request one online.

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