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Porcelain Veneers in St. Armands

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If you are embarrassed by the appearance of your damaged or imperfect front teeth, it’s time for a change. Dr. Shanaka and the team at Tarpon Shores Dental can help people feel great about their smiles once again with porcelain veneers in St. Armands. Thin coverings made of dental porcelain, veneers look and feel like the natural teeth -- just much better than the ones they cover up.

How Porcelain Veneers Work

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Veneers are tooth-shaped coverings that are permanently affixed to the front side of the teeth that show when you smile. Once they are placed, veneers dramatically enhance or restore their size, shape, color, and overall appearance.

Porcelain veneers work to correct a number of cosmetic imperfections, including minor chips to major stains. Some of the most common uses for porcelain veneers include improving the appearance of…

Virtually any cosmetic issue can be improved with veneers. However, weak, worn, or decayed teeth are probably better served by a restorative treatment. Dental crowns made from aesthetic ceramic or porcelain are a good option for restoring form and function to damaged teeth.

What to Expect When Getting Porcelain Veneers

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Your veneers are applied over the course of two visits to our Tarpon Shores Dental office. During the first appointment, you and Dr. Shanaka will discuss your smile, including how your teeth got into their current state, and what you would like to achieve with porcelain veneers. Bring in photos of smiles you like to help demonstrate your goals.

Once a treatment plan has been put in place, Dr. Shanaka will begin by preparing your teeth for the veneers. It is necessary to remove a bit of enamel from the surface of each tooth to make room for the new layer that will be affixed on top. He’ll then takes impressions of your teeth and covers them with temporary veneers.

In the time between appointments, your permanent veneers will be crafted in a separate lab. Your temporaries will give you the first taste of life with a new and improved smile -- but just wait, because the best is yet to come.

Once your permanent veneers are ready, they are sent back to our dental office, and you’ll return for their final placement. Using local anesthesia as desired for maximum comfort, Dr. Shanaka will remove the temporary veneers and check to make sure the new ones look, fit, and feel like they should. Once any necessary adjustments are made, your veneers are securely affixed to your teeth!

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