Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Different Types of Porcelain Veneers

For decades, porcelain veneers have been used to dramatically transform smiles and achieve incredibly lifelike results. With recent advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry, the applications, materials, and techniques used to place veneers have also grown. When choosing between different types of porcelain veneers, your dentist will evaluate your oral health, aesthetic concerns, and treatment goals to find a style and brand that fits your needs.

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Veneers materials differ slightly in regards to appearance, durability, and longevity.

Types of Traditional Veneers

Traditional porcelain veneers are often created in an off-site laboratory after your dentist has taken detailed impressions of your smile. At the lab, a skilled ceramist will carefully fabricate the veneers to closely mirror the look and feel of your natural teeth. In order to place these veneers, your dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel from each treated tooth. Traditional veneers can be constructed using a variety of materials.

Stacked Ceramic

In order to craft these veneers, a lab ceramist will layer porcelain by hand to create a restoration that closely matches the shape, color, and translucency of your natural teeth. Stacked ceramic veneers offer superior aesthetics and customization but are not as durable as pressed veneers.  

Pressed Ceramic

Pressed ceramic veneers are typically easier to manufacture and thicker than other types of veneers, making them a strong and durable option. However, due to their thickness, they require a more substantial alteration of the tooth’s structure.

Lithium Disilicate

This material is often recommended for patients who are prone to teeth grinding, also known as bruxers. Lithium disilicate veneers are very strong and are created using computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. 

Zirconia-Based

Similar to lithium disilicate, zirconia-based veneers are stronger than other ceramic veneers and can help strengthen a structurally weak tooth. These restorations are made from the same materials used to create dental crowns and are highly resistant to fracture. The opaque quality of zirconia can also help hide any damage to the underlying tooth structure.

With recent advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry, the materials, preparation, and techniques used to place veneers have also grown.

While traditional options offer extremely lifelike results and can even help strengthen your teeth, they require enamel removal and are a lifetime commitment. Once these veneers are placed, they will need to be maintained and replaced approximately every ten years to ensure proper function and aesthetics.

Popular Brands

Another factor to consider when choosing which type of veneer is right for you is the manufacturer. Popular choices include:

  • daVinci™: With over 30 years of experience in the industry, daVinci remains one of the most trusted porcelain veneer brands.
  • IPS Empress®: Empress veneers can be precisely customized to match the color of your smile. The company offers 12 different shades to help you achieve the most natural-looking results.
  • IPS e.max®: If you choose lithium disilicate, your veneers will likely be made by this manufacturer. This brand boasts an extremely high success rate thanks to the material’s strength.

Cosmetic dentists are familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each available brand and can guide you in making an informed decision.

Minimal-Prep Veneers

Depending on the extent of your cosmetic concerns, you may be a good candidate for minimal-prep veneers. Often called no-prep veneers, these restorations are much thinner than traditional veneers and do not require extensive enamel removal. They are often a good option for patients who are considering porcelain veneers but want a more conservative treatment. Commonly used brands of minimal-prep veneers include LUMINEERS®, Vivaneers™, and DURAthin®.

Similar to traditional veneers, these restorations are created at an offsite lab and usually require two appointments for placement. If you are unsure about porcelain veneers, these may be advisable because treatment is often reversible. However, depending on the current condition of your teeth, traditional veneers may be a better option for you. Due to their thinness, minimal-prep veneers do not provide the same dramatic coverage offered by other types of veneers.

Same-Day Veneers

Many dentists also offer same-day veneer options to conveniently address minor cosmetic imperfections. These chairside veneers can be designed and manufactured in one appointment and are often a good option for concealing damage to a single tooth.

CEREC® Veneers

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC, is a CAD/CAM unit utilized by many dentists to create same-day restorations. CEREC is equipped with digital imaging software and a milling unit which can convert your scans into custom porcelain restorations. This allows dentists to place extremely durable veneers on the same day as your appointment, saving you time and money on laboratory services. Although these veneers are very convenient, some patients find the results are not as natural-looking as available alternatives.

Composite Veneers

Composite resin is the same material used to place tooth-colored fillings after cavities have been treated. Also known as dental bonding, this option can provide cost-effective coverage for issues such as cracks, discoloration, and chips. Your dentist will carefully match the resin to the color of your surrounding teeth, apply it to the surface of the tooth in layers, then carefully shape and polish the material. Composite veneers are not nearly as lifelike as porcelain and are prone to staining over time, but can provide impressive  results in one visit.

Reaching a Decision

If you are unsure about which type to choose, selecting a reversible option, such as composite veneers, may be advisable. This can often help patients form a better idea of their desired results and make any necessary modifications. Then you can make a more permanent commitment to traditional veneers, which offer dramatic, long-lasting benefits. Maintaining realistic expectations and an open and honest conversation with your dentist will help ensure you achieve the very best outcome.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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