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If discoloration, a chipped or misaligned tooth, or even small gaps between your teeth make you smile less often than you’d like, porcelain veneers can help boost your confidence again. Veneers restore the appearance of teeth that are in overall good health but need small fixes in shape, color, size, or positioning. Our experienced dentist in Boca Raton is glad to assess your smile to determine if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Composed of thin layers of thin dental porcelain that mimics tooth enamel, veneers actually adhere to the tooth’s surface, improving your smile’s outer beauty. They’re a good way to correct aesthetic issues in otherwise healthy teeth, such as:
Coffee, tea, aging, tobacco products, and even certain medications all can contribute to our teeth looking discolored, yellow, or dingy. If traditional whitening treatments haven’t given you the results you want – or if you have one tooth that’s particularly stubborn to such treatments – veneers can restore your bright smile. But why stop there? Because veneers come in a variety of shades, you can even go a bit brighter than your natural tooth color.
Size and shape:
A chipped tooth can make you feel less pulled together, especially with a family gathering, a job interview, or a milestone event like a wedding on the horizon. But once a veneer covers the front of that tooth, it’s so secure and natural-looking that no one will know it’s there except you and your dentist. Veneers also can lengthen teeth that have been shortened because of tooth grinding, or bruxism. If you’ve always thought your teeth looked too square, too big, too small, or too round for your face, veneers even change their overall shape, enhancing your appearance.
Alignment and spacing:
If small gaps in your smile make you feel self-conscious, you won’t have to wear braces, especially if you’re beyond your teen years. Veneers also can fix such minor adjustments in your tooth alignment.
Our dentist in Boca Raton will discuss your individual needs and whether veneers are the right solution for you.
Before applying any veneers, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth to ensure a custom fit. The dentist might have to reduce a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel (less than 1 mm of the surface), depending on the brand and type of veneers used. But adding veneers to your teeth is painless. Once adhered in place, a veneer won’t move or stain and should feel and look as natural as the rest of your teeth.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
A veneer is as permanent as a filling or a crown. Both are made from the same material, adhere to the underlying tooth structure, and can change the shape and color of teeth, improving their overall look. But a crown fits over the entire tooth down to the gums, which is why some people refer to getting a crown as “capping a tooth.” A veneer covers just the front surface.
Because of how they’re applied, crowns often are used if you’ve lost a lot of tooth structure because of age, trauma, decay, or teeth grinding. A dentist must remove more of a tooth’s exterior enamel for a crown to fit properly. Once cemented in place, a crown actually helps strengthen a tooth. Crowns also are preferred for back teeth with structural or cosmetic issues because crowns are stronger under the greater amount of force that your molars use when you bite.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Barring any accidents to your teeth, veneers should keep your smile looking beautiful for decades. Just remember to brush and floss daily, and be mindful not to use your teeth to rip open bottles, bags, or other items.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers known for being ultra-thin. They require little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth, and they’re highly translucent. Yet they’re also quite durable – they can last more than 20 years!
How Do I Care For Veneers?
For the most part, care for your veneers as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing daily. But if you have an underlying issue such as tooth grinding or clenching, your dentist might advise that you wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers. You’ll also want to be careful about biting into certain hard foods such as candy apples, especially if you have veneers on your front teeth.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Boca Raton Today
Have additional questions about whether veneers are right for you? Give our friendly staff a call at (561) 430-2078 to set up an appointment. We’re happy to assist you.