If you have small imperfections in your smile but are reluctant to undergo extensive cosmetic dentistry treatments, dental veneers may be the answer for you. These thin porcelain shells are custom-fit and attached to the front of the teeth to change their appearance. They can be used to address a number of cosmetic issues to give you the smile you have always wanted in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. John S. Ledakis is proud to offer veneers as one of his cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Veneers are similar to dental crowns in the way that they work. However, while dental crowns cover a tooth entirely once they’ve been placed, dental veneers cover only the front of the tooth.
They offer several benefits.
Veneers can be used to repair the appearance of chipped, worn, or severely discolored teeth. If you have crooked or misshapen teeth or have always had uneven spaces or gaps in your smile, veneers can also be placed to improve those issues.
It takes at least two appointments for Dr. Ledakis to place veneers on the teeth successfully. During your first appointment, the teeth receiving the shells will be prepared by having a small amount of the enamel removed. An anesthetic may be used for this step to minimize any discomfort. Dr. Ledakis will then make an impression of the prepared teeth and put temporary veneers in place to keep the teeth protected until your next visit.
Veneers are most often made of porcelain and are created in a dental laboratory using the impression taken of your teeth. They should be ready in a couple of weeks, at which time you will return to our office in West Palm Beach, FL to have the temporary veneers removed and replaced by the permanent ones. The shells are permanently bonded to the teeth to complete the procedure. Adjustments can be made afterward to improve the fit, if necessary.