Veneers, or cosmetic teeth veneers, are an ultra-thin shell of porcelain or composite resin material that is bonded to the front of a tooth. Veneers are ideal for improving the tooth’s appearance and may also be used to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. Porcelain veneers may be fabricated in a laboratory in South Tampa and bonded to the tooth, or a composite veneer may be directly made in the mouth and placed on the tooth.
The procedure begins by visiting our South Tampa office to determine if veneers are the best option for you, or if there are alternative solutions available. During your first visit it is critical to communicate the cosmetic dentistry improvements you would like made to your teeth. At this appointment, we will analyze your smile and create a custom treatment plan specifically for you.
At your next appointment, we will begin to prepare your teeth for your veneers. The teeth will be lightly buffed to remove a thin layer from the top. You may receive local anesthesia, if desired. Composite resin veneers are generally completed in one appointment. Dr. Cannariato will then carefully bond and sculpt the composite material to your teeth.
For porcelain veneers, Dr. Cannariato uses the prestigious da Vinci veneers – seen on the television shows “Extreme Makeover” and “The Swan.” Created by da Vinci Dental Studios in West Hills, California, da Vinci veneers provide the best in cosmetic dentistry and can literally change your entire smile in just a few visits. We will take a mold of your teeth and send it to the lab for fabrication. If desired, we can create temporary veneers for you to wear until your permanent ones are ready from the dental lab.
You will return to our South Tampa office once your porcelain veneers have been sculpted in the laboratory. Dr. Cannariato will remove your temporary veneers, if necessary, and place your new, permanent veneers on your teeth to ensure they fit and the color perfectly matches your desired standards. When you take a look at the veneers on your teeth, pay particular attention to the color. If necessary, your cosmetic dentist can adjust the shade of your veneers with the cement used to bond them to the tooth. Once you approve your new porcelain veneers, we will bond them to your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will clean the tooth with special chemicals, apply the veneer with light-sensitive cement, and then harden the bond with a light beam.
Because veneers are custom and individually sculpted for you in the laboratory, it is nearly impossible to notice a difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how our office can enhance your smile with dental veneers.