Towncare Dental of Bonita Springs
16565 Vanderbilt Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
If discoloration, a chipped or misaligned tooth, or even small gaps between your teeth have turned your smile upside-down, porcelain veneers can bring back your confidence. Veneers restore the appearance of teeth that are in overall good health but need small fixes in color, shape, size, or positioning. Our experienced dentist in Bonita Springs is happy to discuss your needs to determine if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Veneers are layers of thin dental porcelain that mimic tooth enamel. They adhere securely but comfortably to the front surface of a tooth like shield. They’re a good option to correct aesthetic concerns such as:
Before applying any veneers, our dentist in Bonita Springs can show you how you’ll look with them. The dentist will take a mold of your teeth to ensure a custom and comfortable fit. Before cementing the veneers in place, the dentist might have to reduce a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel (less than 1 mm of the surface) so the veneers will fit snugly. But once attached, veneers won’t move or stain and should look as natural as the rest of your teeth. No one will know you’re using them except you and your dentist.
Veneers and crowns are made from the same material, designed to be permanent, and improve the overall look of teeth dramatically. Both adhere to the underlying tooth structure and can change the shape and color of teeth. But a veneer covers only the front surface of a tooth whereas a crown (sometimes called a cap) fits over the entire tooth down to the gums.
Because of how they’re applied, crowns often are recommended if you’ve lost a lot of tooth structure because of age, trauma, decay, or because you grind your teeth. A dentist must remove more of a tooth’s exterior enamel (at least 2 mm) for a crown to fit properly. Once in place, a crown actually helps strengthen a tooth. Crowns also are a good option for molars with structural or cosmetic issues because they are stronger under the greater amount of bite force between your back teeth.
Barring any accidents to your teeth, veneers should keep your smile radiant for decades. Just remember to brush and floss daily, and be mindful not to use your teeth to open bottles, bags, or other items.
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers. They’re known for being ultra-thin, so they require little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth. Yet they’re quite durable – they can last more than 20 years! Because they’re also highly translucent, they look as natural as they feel.
For the most part, you’ll 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 clenching or grinding, our dentist might recommend that you to wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers while you sleep. If you have veneers on your front teeth, you’ll also want to be careful about biting into certain hard foods such as candy apples and using your teeth to open packages.
Have additional questions about whether veneers are right for you? Give our caring and friendly staff a call at (239) 494-4720 to set up an appointment. We’re happy to assist you.