They say that flashing a smile is one of the simplest ways to make a great first impression; but for patients whose teeth are yellowed or uneven, it isn’t always that easy. Many patients suffer from cosmetic imperfections in their teeth such as stains, chips, cracks or overcrowding, leading them to feel self-conscious in everyday situations. At Durán & Martínez Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry, we believe that all patients deserve to have beautiful, healthy teeth that they are proud to smile wide with. Puerto Rico cosmetic dentist Dr. Ramon Durán is pleased to offer porcelain veneers to patients who wish to enhance their smiles. Learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment below and contact the practice at 787-754-2270 today to schedule a consultation.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are placed over the teeth to cover up imperfections in the smile. Unlike dental crowns, which encase the entire tooth, porcelain veneers only cover the front of the teeth. They are also a longer-lasting solution than dental bonding. At Durán & Martínez Cosmetic and Reconstructive, we pride ourselves on providing the highest-quality porcelain veneers, and work closely with two of the area’s top dental labs to provide our patients with beautiful, natural-looking restorations. Porcelain veneers reflect light similarly to natural teeth, and can be shaded to match surrounding teeth, making them virtually undetectable to others. This versatile dental treatment can be used to eliminate a number of flaws in the smile, including:
- Yellowing or stains
- Crooked Teeth
- Uneven Teeth
- Chipped / Cracked Teeth
Veneers can be used on a single tooth that is hindering the appearance of the smile, or they can be placed on several teeth to accomplish a complete smile makeover.
Who Is a Candidate for Veneers?
Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile may be interested in having porcelain veneers. However, it is important that patients have good dental health prior to veneer placement. Patients with pre-existing conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay should have these dental health issues taken care of before pursuing any cosmetic treatment. It is also important that patients have enough enamel on their teeth prior to the procedure; this is because the veneers are actually bonded to the enamel. Patients who grind their teeth or suffer from severe misalignment issues may not be suitable for veneers, as these conditions can hinder the long-term effects of treatment.
During a consultation Dr. Durán will evaluate a patient’s candidacy for porcelain veneers. At Durán & Martínez Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry, we take a thorough approach to each consultation and perform a comprehensive analysis of each patient’s oral health to determine which treatments will work best for them. During this time patients are encouraged to ask questions about treatment so that they feel comfortable every step of the way.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The placement of porcelain veneers is a comprehensive procedure which takes place over the course of several dental appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Durán preps the tooth for the veneer by gently removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the veneer. Once the teeth have been shaped, he makes a mold of the teeth which acts as a blueprint for the dental lab, where the customized veneers are made. He then places temporary veneers on the teeth, to be worn for about two weeks while the permanent veneers are being made. Once the porcelain veneers are crafted, patients can return to Dr. Durán’s San Juan dental office to have the final steps of treatment completed, which typically take about two hours. Using special dental cement, Dr. Durán carefully bonds the veneer to the tooth. He may also make adjustments to the size or shade of the veneer to achieve the most aesthetically-pleasing and natural-looking results.
Patients may experience some minor discomfort after the procedure, which subsides within a few short hours. It is important that patients maintain thorough and healthy oral hygiene habits to preserve the aesthetic results of porcelain veneers. This includes brushing and flossing daily. Dr. Durán is committed to the long-term results of treatment, and provides comprehensive information and post-procedure care to help patients maintain their new, beautiful smiles. When cared for properly, porcelain veneers can last more than 15 years.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Dr. Ramon Durán has more than 25 years of experience creating beautiful, natural-looking smiles through the use of porcelain veneers. He takes pride in helping patients improve their oral health and self-confidence through advanced dental treatments. If you are less-than-satisfied with the appearance of your smile and would like to learn more about porcelain veneers from San Juan, Puerto Rico dentist Dr. Ramon Durán, contact his practice today at 787-754-2270.
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