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How Do Dental Veneers Work?

June 25, 2022
Posted By: North Tampa Dentistry
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Dental veneers in North Tampa, FL, are popular cosmetic dentistry options because these thin tooth shells are versatile and lasting, making them a patient favorite.

However, to ensure that veneers are right for you and that they’ll conceal your tooth flaws, it’s essential to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Tampa.

What Are Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are slender but strong tooth shells. They are always customized in color and shape to look like your teeth.

Cemented to the fronts of teeth, dental veneers conceal most tooth flaws. For example, they can change the gum-to-tooth ratio, hiding a gummy-appearing smile. They can also cover tooth flaws like chips, cracks, and discoloration.

Patients also use veneers to hide slightly crooked and worn teeth and unusual spacing or tooth shape issues.

How We Place Tooth Veneers

To place dental veneers, your dentist removes a negligible bit of enamel from the tooth or teeth you’d like to treat. This step forces the veneer to fit flush against untreated teeth and your gums.

We then cement the custom veneer or veneers to the teeth.

Removing enamel means your veneers are permanent. So if you damage one in the future, it’s crucial to replace it.

Caring for Dental Veneers

Fortunately, there is no special maintenance involved. You treat your treated teeth like those that have not been veneered:

  • Brush and floss after meals
  • Visit your dentist every six months
  • Avoid biting on hard objects like ice
  • Never use your teeth as tools to open bottles
  • Talk to your dentist if you grind and clench your teeth
  • Wear a mouthguard if you compete in athletics

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in North Tampa, FL

If you’re considering dental veneers, give North Tampa Dentistry a call today to arrange a consultation with your dentist.

We are always happy to work with Medicare Advantage plans. And patients come to us from all over, including North Tampa, Lake Magdalene, Hamlet, Brentwood, Carrollwood, and the Lutz area.

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