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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
August 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

VeneersYou've had enough of your chipped, gapped smile. You want to improve its appearance. Dr. Raymond Della Porta, your dentist in Vero Beach, FL, suggests porcelain veneers, beautiful, customized shells of dental grade porcelain. They permanently disguise the front of selected healthy teeth, strengthening them and dramatically enhancing smile aesthetics.

Your new smile

It starts with a one-on-one discussion and evaluation with Dr. Della Porta in his Vero Beach office. During this friendly chat, you'll determine what you want to change about your smile. Veneers work well for people who have healthy teeth and gums but just need some cosmetic changes to one or more teeth marred by:

  • Stains (which do not respond to professional whitening treatments)
  • Mild crowding
  • Gaps
  • Odd tooth shape or surface texture
  • Hairline cracks
  • Chips
  • Uneven length (tooth is substantially shorter or longer than its neighbors)

So, Dr. Della Porta will make sure your teeth are healthy enough for veneers and take three-dimensional images and oral impressions. Because porcelain veneers must fit over the teeth comfortably and bite together with the opposing arch properly, Dr. Della Porta removes a thin slice of enamel from each tooth. This resurfacing makes veeners a permanent tooth enhancement. In other words, once you have veneers, you will always have veneers.

Temporary veneers cover your resurfaced teeth while you wait for your permanent ones to come from the dental lab. On your return visit to Dr. Della Porta's office, he'll remove the temporaries and bond on the new ones with a permanent adhesive which is both strong and tooth-colored. A special light hardens the cement.

Caring for porcelain veneers

Your porcelain veneers can last for years and years when you brush and floss regularly and see Dr. Della Porta every six months for an examination and professional cleaning. While veneers are chip- and stain-resistant, make sure you limit dark beverages, such as coffee, and avoid hard food such as peanut brittle and ice. And, of course, stop all tobacco usage.

Porcelain veneers are so durable and functional, they can last as long as porcelain crowns, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Your cosmetic dentistry consultation

Why not arrange one today? Dr. Della Porta will explain all your treatment options in Vero Beach, FL, including the possibility of stunning porcelain veneers. Call (772) 567-1025.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

If you have heard of dental veneers, you may associate them with a huge, gleaming smile. However, this important dental restoration can veneersdo more than just a complete smile overhaul. Find out more about the versatility of veneers and what they can do for you with Dr. Raymond Della Porta at his practice in Vero Beach, FL.

What can a dental veneer do for me?
Thanks to their design, veneers can create a variety of results, from subtly correcting a chipped tooth to covering all the visible teeth to provide a completely new look. A dental veneer can help many patients who wish to improve the appearance of the imperfections in their smile. Some of the most common uses for veneers include to correct:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • slightly overlapped teeth
  • too-thin or too-wide teeth

What can I expect from the procedure for veneers? 
Dental veneers will require the help of a dental laboratory to create the actual veneers themselves. However, the lab will require an impression of your prepared teeth before they begin designing and creating your veneers. You will have at least two separate appointments during your veneers procedure. The first appointment will include preparing your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from their surfaces and taking the dental lab’s impression. If necessary, your dentist will place temporary veneers at this time. The second appointment will occur after your veneers return to your dentist’s office and will involve your dentist removing any temporary restorations and replacing them with the final product.

Dental Veneers in Vero Beach, FL
If you think dental veneers are for you, you should consult with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Patients should have a healthy smile, free from tooth decay and gum disease. Any instances of these conditions will require treatment prior to placing any veneers.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Della Porta at his practice in Vero Beach, FL. Call (772) 567-1025 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Della Porta today!

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
March 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
March 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

If you look in the mirror every day and love what you see when you smile, chances are that you also feel fairly high levels of veneersself-confidence and satisfaction with many aspects of your life. You don't hesitate to make eye contact, smile, and introduce yourself to new people at a party or at the office for fear of being judged, or embarrassment over a few chipped or stained teeth. Unfortunately, for people who do not feel good about their teeth, many of the activities and social interactions and feelings of self-confidence that the pretty teeth people take for granted can pose a significant challenge.

Dental Veneers in Vero Beach

For people with cosmetic dental issues like chipped, misshaped, or discolored teeth, Dr. Raymond Della Porta, a Vero Beach, FL-based dentist, recommends porcelain veneers. Veneers are unique in that they can correct several of the most common aesthetic problems with one treatment. For teeth with small cracks or an uneven shape, a veneer can help to either restore the tooth's original shape according to the surrounding teeth or improve it for better symmetry. Staining and tooth discoloration is also a significant problem for many people, and a set of veneers can brighten the teeth.

How do Veneers Work?

As far as restorative cosmetic dental treatments go, they are as minimally invasive and quick as dental treatments come. Typically made of a thin layer of porcelain similar in the look and feel of the tooth's natural layer of enamel, the veneer is placed over the surface of the tooth to achieve the desired results. Depending on the patient, Dr. Della Porta may shave a thin layer of enamel to ensure that the veneer fits properly over the tooth. In some cases that step may not be necessary. Designed to look like a natural layer of the tooth, veneers can discreetly transform a smile for the better in a few quick trips to the dentist.

Visit a Dentist in Vero Beach

For more information on the many benefits of dental veneers, contact Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta at (772) 567-1025 to schedule an appointment to begin improving your smile today.

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