Visiting our office is an excellent choice for patients who wish to enhance the look of their smile! Several options are available to completely transform their appearance. When patients are looking to brighten their smile, hide stains or chips, or even conceal the positioning of their teeth, our office can deliver fantastic results. We invite those in and around Jacksonville, FL to contact our office today and get started on their smile makeover!
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite material that are custom-created to fit a patient’s teeth. Patients are able to select the color of the veneer and which teeth the veneers will be applied to. The veneers are capable of concealing stains, discoloration, chips, gaps, or crowding. They are also able to make teeth appear longer for patients with excessive gum tissue.
These thin shells are individually created for each tooth in order to fit precisely upon application. The following steps outline the process for veneer application:
- Thorough Cleaning of the Tooth Surface
- Preparation of Tooth Through Removal of Enamel
- Application of Dental Adhesive
- Installation of Custom Veneers
Patients should be made aware that after enamel has been removed, they will need to continue wearing veneers throughout their lives. In some cases, enamel removal is not necessary and a less invasive step will be used to prepare teeth.
By communicating with our patients, our team is able to discuss how veneers may meet their smile goals or how they may be cared for after application. Patients will also learn the difference between composite and porcelain veneers to be able to decide which is right for them:
- Composite veneers are highly customizable but may be subject to staining over time. They are also less durable than porcelain.
- Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and can last as long as 15 years with proper care. However, veneers can not be prepared if they are damaged. They must be replaced with a new veneer.
Veneers are able to be applied for most patients in just one visit to our office, allowing them to leave with a brand new smile!
Teeth whitening is a popular option for enhancing the appearance of your smile. In our office, we provide multiple methods for professional whitening that is both safe and gentle on your smile! This includes the widely known ZOOM® system, capable of lifting the color of your teeth up to eight shades brighter in one visit. For patients who prefer a different approach, we also provide professional take-home trays and whitening pens that deliver the same beautiful result at your own pace. Choose which works best for you or a combination of treatments to meet your smile goals!
Along with options for tooth whitening, patients can pay attention to their diet and lifestyle habits in order to keep their smiles in beautiful condition. Some common foods and drinks that lead to staining include:
- Dark Sodas (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc)
- Berries (Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries)
It is important to swish the mouth with water after consuming foods or drinks that stain teeth. If possible, promptly brushing the teeth may further help to prevent stains. Patients who regularly drink coffee or tea may need to brush their teeth three times a day to prevent staining or discoloration.
Cosmetic Excellence Guided By Your Dentist
In our practice, every patient is able to meet with their dentist to spend valuable time communicating and discussing their goals, concerns, and treatment options. Our office recognizes the importance of patients getting to spend time speaking with their dentist and receiving one-on-one attention in order to reach desired outcomes.
Instead of spending most of your appointment time with assistants, patients get to experience more time in direct communication with their dentist. By doing so, we ensure that all patients feel comfortable, heard, and supported during every visit. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and get the smile you’ve always wanted!