If you want that picture-perfect smile you see online or in the media, the good news is that it’s not so hard to achieve. Just book a consultation for veneers in Jacksonville, FL, and you may be on your way to getting a completely upgraded look.

Though safe and effective, veneers are not for everyone. Dr. Patel and Dr. Barbela always carefully review each person’s case to decide if this cosmetic procedure is truly the best option for them.

Here are three main things they will check:

General Oral Health

Veneers are a fantastic choice if you have generally healthy teeth. Patients with gum disease, cavities, or other oral health issues are usually not cleared for this procedure.

These thin shells must be bonded to healthy teeth, so if you’re currently dealing with oral health issues, you may need a few restorative dental appointments before beginning your cosmetic transformation. 

Cosmetic Concerns

Veneers are a fantastic choice to address a wide variety of cosmetic issues, such as:

  • Severe discoloration and staining
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Irregularly sized and misshapen teeth
  • Minor tooth alignment issues
  • Uneven teeth
  • Minor chips and cracks, etc.

Not all cosmetic problems can be fixed with veneers. For instance, if you are unhappy with your tooth alignment, veneers aren’t the best solution; in fact, they could prevent you from getting orthodontic treatment in the future! 

Or, if you’re dealing with missing teeth, veneers will not help you complete your smile. You’ll need a tooth replacement procedure first, such as dental implants or bridges. 


Porcelain veneers are a lifelong commitment, which many patients don’t feel comfortable with. The procedure involves shaving a small amount of tooth enamel so that the shells can properly bond with your tooth. 

Since tooth enamel doesn’t grow back, this procedure is permanent. As a result, you will need to change your veneers in case of damage and can never go back to your permanent smile. 

If you’re not comfortable with that level of commitment, you might have some alternatives:

  • Lumineers are thinner than porcelain veneers and require no tooth prep. However, they are also more translucent and might not cover severe cosmetic issues that well.
  • Dental bonding is a noninvasive procedure that involves applying dental resin to the tooth. The procedure is completely reversible but only recommended for minor cosmetic imperfections, like fixing a gap between two front teeth.

Find Out If You’re Really a Good Candidate for Veneers 

The best way to know without a doubt if veneers are the right solution for you is to see either Dr. Patel or Dr. Barbela for a consultation and get a customized cosmetic dental plan.

Discover how you can get that smile you’ve always wanted by scheduling an appointment at the Dental Center Of Jacksonville online. 

Have more questions? Then call our office at (904) 262-9466.