How porcelain veneers and dental bonding in Lakewood Ranch, FL, can transform your smile

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How porcelain veneers and dental bonding in Lakewood Ranch, FL, can transform your smile

Dentist showing matching veneers to a female patient

If you had a magic wand, what would you most like to immediately change about the appearance of your smile? Perhaps, you would choose to erase a gap between your front teeth. Maybe, you would like to be rid of the overly pointy tooth that sticks out when you smile. Alternately, do you have chips and other signs of wear that detract from your smile? Kind Smiles Dental Health can cause all of these conditions, and many others, to disappear. It is not magic -it is expertly designed and placed dental veneers at our Lakewood Ranch, FL office.

Direct veneers

A veneer is a piece of dental material that is shaded and prepared to replace damaged tooth enamel. Veneers may be made in one of two ways. With direct veneers, a procedure known as dental bonding, Dr. Allison Konick matches the color of a pliable dental material, or composite resin, to the rest of your teeth. The natural tooth (or teeth) to be treated is also prepared. The enamel is etched or roughened to add texture to the natural tooth. A special bonding solution is also applied. These steps help the composite resin securely stick or “fix” to the natural tooth. The resin is then directly added to the teeth. Dr. Konick skillfully molds the material. So, it disguises gaps between teeth, surface imperfections such as chips, and even alters the shape of a tooth. Composite resin may also be used to add length to a worn-down or too-short tooth.

Indirect veneers

This type of veneer may be made from dental ceramics, such as porcelain. These veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are similar to restorations like crowns, made in a dental lab to your unique specifications and to cover up your specific cosmetic concerns. They can address all of the concerns that direct veneers or dental bonding address.However, indirect porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. Dental porcelain also closely mimics natural enamel’s translucence and other characteristics. So, it is indistinguishable from the healthy natural tooth structure. To make room for veneers, each tooth must be reduced slightly in size. Modern veneers are ultra-thin. Only a small amount of enamel is removed. Minimal alteration of the tooth also minimizes sensitivity. After the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken. These molds are used to make your permanent veneers. Eventually, an adhesive layer is applied to stabilize the permanent veneer to the prepared tooth. Veneers are hardened and securely fixed to the teeth with a curing light.

Schedule an appointment at our Sarasota, Venice, Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton area office in Lakewood Ranch, FL, to discuss your options for cosmetic treatment.