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How To Decide If Porcelain Veneers Are An Option For You

Christine O'Kelly
Aug 16, 2008
When you look in the mirror and smile, do you like what you see? Do you see discolored, stained or chipped teeth? How about a gap between your two front teeth that is wider than you'd prefer? If you fit into any of the above categories, then you're probably a candidate for porcelain veneers and that procedure can be done by many dentists.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A porcelain veneer is glass-like ceramic porcelain that is adhered to the surface of a tooth. A skilled and precise dental professional must do the procedure. Fortunately, a dentist in Miami Beach or in other areas of the country can perform this artistry. The procedure from start to finish is usually completed in three visits.

The porcelain veneer is a ceramic that closely resembles your own natural tooth enamel. When light strikes a natural tooth's enamel, it isn't immediately reflected. Natural tooth enamel is actually translucent, allowing light to partially penetrate all the way to the middle of the tooth, which is called dentin. This translucent effect is what gives teeth a natural luster. Permanent Miami Beach veneers replicate the natural tooth enamel to give a natural looking, bright smile.

What Will Porcelain Veneers Look Like?

If your dentist is a cosmetic dentist, he may be able to offer something called cosmetic digital imaging. This is in addition to the original consultation you will have to discuss your desires and motives for the Miami Beach veneers. The digital imaging will allow your dentist to give you an idea of what the final result will be without actually performing the procedure. It is important to remember that digital imaging is meant to only be a guide. The end result is likely to be slightly different.

How Are Miami Beach Veneers Affixed?

Once you have selected a dentist in Miami Beach, he will sit down with you to plan your new smile. Considerations include the size, shape, and type of Miami Beach veneer that will best suit your face shape, smile, and aesthetic desires. When the procedure actually begins, he will remove a thin layer of your tooth's enamel to accommodate the porcelain veneer. When this has been completed, he will then place a temporary veneer over the tooth to keep them protected while your finished smile is being crafted in a dental laboratory.

When you return to your dentist in Miami Beach for installation of the permanent veneer, it will only be a short time before you leave wearing your new smile.

What Do Miami Beach Veneers Cost?

As with many things, the costs can vary greatly depending on many factors. The cost generally is between $700 and $2,000 per tooth. When considering the cost of Miami Beach veneers, keep in mind that you should take into account their longevity and attractiveness. There may be an alternative treatment that would cost less, but that procedure may not have as long lasting an effect and may require more frequent repairs and maintenance. Consulting a dentist in Miami Beach, or in your area, will help you make an informed and wise decision as to which method is best suited for you.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is an author for Miami Beach Dental Institute, a dentist in Miami Beach specializing in dental procedures and Miami Beach veneers.
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