Point Meadows Dentistry
We realize that having a healthy, bright, and beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, Point Meadows Dentistry is proud to provide the Jacksonville, St. Johns and St. Augustine, FL area with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable cosmetic treatments.
We’re committed to giving you one more reason to smile!
- DR. ANDREW ZERBINOPOULOS
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shell-like covers cemented over the facial surfaces of your teeth. Although veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry for their generous help in smile makeovers they also improve protective qualities and can eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. The biggest benefits include durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns.
What is the Process?
Dental veneers can take up to three trips to the dentist, depending on the material used. One for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers.
First Step: This first step involves your active participation. We will sit down to discuss the desired results. During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you. We will also discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. In the same visit, we may take x-rays and an impression of your mouth. Bringing photos of your desired look/smile can be very helpful for our team to fully understand the extent of your vision! Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation! (904)373-4777
What Type of Problems do Dental Veneers Fix?
Worn Down Teeth
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Gaps Between Teeth
Misaligned, Uneven, or Irregularly Shaped Teeth
Types of Dental Veneers:
Composite | Composite veneers have a number of advantages, one of the most substantial advantages being cost. Cost is very important for some patients, given that Veneers are most likely an out-of-pocket expense.
Arguably the most considerable advantage of composite veneers is their reversibility. Porcelain requires reshaping of your teeth in order to fit the veneer, as compared to composite veneers with minimal prep work required on your natural teeth. This means that they are not permanently shaped to such an extent that they cannot be removed and replaced as needed.
Another advantage is the number of visits/time to complete the procedure. Composite Veneers can typically be fabricated while in office, making it a same-day treatment!
Porcelain | Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin and translucent tooth-colored shells. They are bonded to the front surface of your teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. They’re made in our dental lab to be customized to the size, shape, and color of your dream smile. We are happy to offer porcelain veneers to patients from Jacksonville, Florida and all the surrounding areas.
Durability, undeniably the number one advantage of Porcelain Veneers. The Porcelain material is much stronger than composite resin.
Almost everyone in the Dental field agrees that porcelain veneers better mimic the most natural, light-reflecting, tooth-like feel and look. It is highly resistant to chipping and staining due to the strength of the material and the glaze that is applied. Composite veneers are more susceptible to stains, meaning that you may need to adjust your diet. Composite Veneers need to be polished in order to achieve a tooth-like esthetic.
Porcelain Veneers can last between 10-15 years, compared to the 5-7 year lifespan of Composite Veneers. While composites may cost half as much as porcelain, they last only half as long.
Before and & After Photos
Teeth whitening is a quick and highly effective way to enhance the appearance of your teeth and to give yourself an overall brighter smile.
Teeth become stained or discolored for a variety of reasons, including:
Poor oral and/or dental hygiene habits.
High consumption of drinks that stain (tea, wine, coffee, soda, etc.).
Smoking or Drug Use
Illness or Certain Prescribed Medication
Aging - Over time, the teeth darken with a yellow, brown, green or grey cast (which may be heredity). Yellowed teeth tend to whiten most readily.
Take-Home System | If you’re looking for an alternative to in-office whitening treatment, then our take-home whitening system may be the right option for you. Only dentists can provide systems that contain the highest percentage of bleaching agents, compared to the low-dose over-the-counter kits. The take-home system includes custom-fitted application trays made of a flexible plastic material and offers several benefits.
- They ensure that the bleach stays in contact with the teeth, for maximum results.
- They help prevent saliva from mixing with the bleaching agent (which can dilute its strength).
- They minimize the amount of bleach that can irritate the gums.
Procedure: Bleaching compounds are stored in syringes and provided for our patients to apply to their trays as needed. We will fine-tune the bleach concentration and add a desensitizing agent to use. Generally, our kits provide enough gel for one two-week treatment per year, plus one- or two-day touch-ups every four to six months.
In-Office Bleaching | Professional, in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world today. In-office whitening takes place under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the controlled, safe, pain-free use of a high concentration of bleaching gel – yielding results that are visible immediately.
Advantages of In-Office Bleaching:
Produces the fastest results.
The safest form of bleaching.
Gum and tooth sensitivity are more controllable due to thicker peroxide gels and the use of desensitizers such as potassium nitrate and fluoride.
Procedure: Typically, this procedure is not painful or uncomfortable; in fact, many patients watch a DVD or doze off during the procedure. A cosmetic consultation and dental exam are required prior to any teeth whitening treatment.
Stains That Cannot Be Removed with a Whitening System
Some dental situations can cause undesirable reverse effects, specifically teeth with certain stains that are inorganic. Inorganic stains do not respond well to bleaching systems. In fact, these teeth may look even darker after the surrounding teeth have been whitened. This is why it is important to consult a dental professional for teeth whitening!
Here are some examples of teeth that will not whiten:
Trauma, which causes the dentin to darken.
Certain antibiotics ingested during tooth-formation. These drugs chemically bind with the crystalline structure of both the tooth’s enamel and underlying dentin.
Overexposure to fluoride, which can cause fluorosis, resulting in tooth discoloration.
If you think you may fall into this category, don’t stress just yet! We have options and solutions, for example; veneers, dental crowns, partials, inlays/onlays, etc.! A cosmetic consultation is your first step, give us a call! today!
Before and & After Photos
Are you considering one of our teeth whitening options to help restore your smile tainted by discoloration and stains? Request an appointment with our Point Meadows Dental team today!
Give us a call today to schedule your cosmetic consultation! (904)373-4777
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can teeth whitening be painful?
When performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is an effective and safe way to brighten your smile. The most common side effect of whitening is temporary tooth sensitivity. In extreme cases the sensitivity can last up to a few days. It’s important to consult your dentist, to make sure you are a candidate for teeth whitening and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
How long do Veneers last?
Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years, depending on material. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.
Are Veneers covered under insurance?
Are there alternatives to Veneers?
Yes, bondings and crowns are alternative options. Veneers may be the best option for individuals who want to change the color and shape of their teeth more than just a little bit, but not enough to require a crown.
My teeth are sensitive, what other whitening options do I have?
To avoid a hypersensitive reaction, we may recommend take-home bleaching trays with a lower concentration of carbamide peroxide – which is not as potent as hydrogen peroxide.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
In-office bleaching is not a permanent solution. Like your teeth prior to the treatment, they will remain susceptible to stains. We will recommend you follow-up your treatment with a lower-percentage bleach in-home treatment that can be kept on the teeth for longer periods of time.
Do you still have questions? Give us a call!