Veneers

Veneers Specialist
Veneers are the ideal solution for a variety of dental care concerns. If you have discolored teeth, cracked teeth, or any other type of cosmetic dental issue, veneers can restore your teeth or improve them for a natural look. Dr. Ronald A. George at George Family Dental Care in Plantation, Florida, is ready to create custom veneers for you so you can have that beautiful smile you've always wanted.

Veneers Q&A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are created from an ultra thin piece of porcelain or porcelain composite that is cemented to your natural teeth. Each veneer is only about as thick as a contact lens, which allows it to match the profile of your other teeth.

A veneer is similar to a crown in some ways, but a crown covers the whole tooth and the veneer covers just one side and is primarily used for your front teeth. The main purpose of a veneer is usually cosmetic, but they can also help with physical issues like cracks or chips.

What are the most common uses for veneers?

The most common uses for veneers include:

  • Filling in gaps between the front teeth
  • Covering chips in the teeth
  • Covering cracks in the teeth
  • Covering seriously discolored teeth: When they can't be lightened with teeth whitening
  • Correcting minor alignment problems: For example a slightly crooked front tooth

How does the veneer process work?

First, before you get any veneers, it is best to have your teeth whitened so your veneer will match your newly whitened teeth. If you whiten after the veneer, your teeth will change, but the veneer won’t.

The dental veneer process typically requires two appointments.

During your first appointment, Dr. George will determine if you qualify for a minimally invasive (no preparation veneer), or if he will need to remove some tooth enamel for your veneers to fit properly. If reduction is necessary, less than .5mm of enamel will be removed in order for the new veneer to sit flush with the surface of your natural teeth.

Next, Dr. George will create a mold of the teeth getting veneers. This mold is then sent to a dental lab where your veneers are made to perfectly match the shape, and size of the teeth they will cover.

When the veneer is ready in a week or two, your second appointment is to have your veneer fixed permanently into place. Dr. George will complete the process using a curing light to harden the adhesive.

How long do veneers last?

This can depend on the patient, but most patients get at least a decade of use from their veneers before replacement is required. Some veneers may even last as long as 20 years. If a veneer gets worn or damaged, Dr. George can easily create a replacement.

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