Cosmetic Dentistry with Porcelain Veneers in Boynton Beach, Florida

Jamie J. Alexander on November 12, 2021

Cosmetic Dentistry with Porcelain Veneers in Boynton Beach, Florida
Placing trust in a dentist is a big deal. And broaching the subject of dental veneers may be difficult for many patients who are interested in them. The facts are that dental veneers can correct many smile defects and are a minimal treatment that lasts many years. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.

If you have concerns about your smile, Dr. Jamie J. Alexander in Boynton Beach, Florida, invites you to schedule a consultation to explore the most conservative ways to improve your smile appearance that will support good oral health.

Why might porcelain dental veneers be the most appropriate way to address your smile concerns?

  • Porcelain veneers are a lasting way to cover the front of one or more teeth that are darker than surrounding teeth or have indelible stains.
  • Porcelain veneers can be a conservative way to restore slightly fractured or chipped teeth.
  • Sometimes porcelain veneers can be used as a cosmetic alternative to Invisalign or treatment with orthodontic braces, for example, to close small gaps between teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers can be used to lengthen teeth that are worn or are naturally shorter than ideal for smile aesthetics.
  • Porcelain veneers placed on the front of the upper teeth that show when you smile can give your teeth the ideal shape and size for both aesthetics and function.
  • Like porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers provide long-lasting results. With appropriate care, they make teeth beautiful in appearance while strengthening teeth to preserve them for years to come.
  • Today’s porcelain dental materials and treatment methods make veneers more affordable than ever before, and with available financing from CareCredit, many patients are moving forward with porcelain veneer treatment by making affordable monthly payments.

Common Questions Patients Ask About Porcelain Veneers

Do dental veneers stain? Dr. Jamie Alexander uses stain-resistant porcelain veneers that do not stain. Some staining may occur in your tooth enamel at the upper margin of a veneer. Proper care of your teeth will minimize this possibility, and if it occurs, we can help you safely eliminate the stain.

Do dental veneers require special care? You will need to brush and floss your teeth regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gum tissue. Dr. Alexander recommends you use a low abrasive toothpaste on your veneers such as Sensodyne toothpaste. During your regular dental hygiene appointments, the hygienist will take care not to abrade your veneers.

Are dental veneers easily damaged? Dental veneers are so strong and so solidly bonded, that you won’t dislodge them during eating and cleaning your teeth. They do not easily chip but can chip if you bite down on hard, non-food objects. One of Dr. Alexander’s areas of expertise is occlusion (the way teeth come together and work against each other). He designs veneers to fit the individual patient’s bite and minimize tooth-on-tooth interferences and stress that could cause damage.

How long do dental veneers last before needing replacement? Today’s porcelain veneers typically last for decades. With proper oral health care and no accidental injury, they can last your lifetime. Composite veneers, made of resin instead of porcelain, do stain like tooth enamel and erode over time. If you had composite veneer treatment sometime in the past, you could expect those veneers to lose their nice appearance within a few years. Composite veneers can be replaced with porcelain ones which are the better choice for longevity and long-term cost savings.

Do dental veneers look like normal teeth? Absolutely, today’s porcelain veneers look and feel like natural teeth. They have the reflectivity of healthy tooth enamel, and your veneers will be colored matched to blend beautifully in your smile.

On what teeth are dental veneers used? Usually, veneers are placed on only upper teeth in the smile zone for improved aesthetics. During your initial consultation, Dr. Jamie Alexander and you will discuss the teeth that show when you smile while you look at photo images of your smile from multiple angles. He will tell you which teeth should be veneered for the best appearance and why. Your thoughts on cost and what is most important to you will factor into your decision. Sometimes veneers are used to correct the appearance of individual teeth or to create the most balanced, beautiful smile across the entire upper arch of teeth that show during smiles. Sometimes porcelain veneers are used on incisors and canines, in combination with porcelain crowns on premolars.

Are porcelain dental veneers more expensive than porcelain dental crowns? They are usually about the same price. Even though veneers use less porcelain than crowns, veneers require more artistry, technical skill, and time to create for optimal smile aesthetics and fit. Dr. Jamie Alexander’s preferred dental lab has expertise in the custom creation of veneers so you can be confident the beautiful results are worth your investment. During your initial consultation to learn about veneer treatment for your oral health situation, we will explain the costs involved and financing options. The cost of treatment will depend on the number of teeth that will be treated.

How long does it take to get dental veneers? In addition to the consultation appointment, there will be an appointment during which teeth are prepared, impressions made, and temporary veneers bonded on the preparation surfaces. You will return in 2 to 3 weeks for a third appointment. During this third appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed, and your custom porcelain veneers will be bonded onto your teeth. The typical time from start to finish is 3 to 4 weeks.

Does it hurt to get dental veneers? A very tiny amount of tooth enamel will be removed from the front of the tooth. The process of removal is similar to preparing a tooth for a filling or crown but far less enamel is removed than for a crown. Before the tooth is prepared, the tooth and surrounding gum tissue will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Once your teeth are prepared, we will take impressions of your teeth, and Dr. Alexander will bond temporary veneers. This process is painless. After the local anesthetic wears off, you might experience some temporary discomfort due to tooth pulp inflammation caused by vibration from the preparation tools. A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen will take care of this discomfort. When your veneers arrive at our dental office from the dental lab, Dr. Alexander will remove the temporary veneers and place the porcelain ones. This doe not usually cause discomfort. If your teeth are sensitive after veneers are placed, ibuprofen will eliminate the discomfort, and it will not last more than usually three days.

Dr. Jamie J. Alexander Offers a Complimentary Initial Consultation to Discuss Veneer Treatment

Dr. Jamie J. Alexander is a highly experienced preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentist, who believes in understanding what is most important to patients before planning treatment. Your decision about dental veneer treatment will be made in the context of discussions about what is possible for you, any present oral health conditions that should be addressed, how to afford the treatment, what to expect during and post-treatment, and any concerns and questions you have.

With his individualized care and attention to detail, he can provide custom veneers that are virtually identical to natural dental enamel. With proper care, you will enjoy your enhanced, youthful smile for years.

Learn what cosmetic dentistry is possible for you by scheduling your complimentary initial consultation today!