Dental Associates of Kendall
11400 N. Kendall Dr, Suite 207, Miami, FL 33176
Small imperfections like stains and gaps between your teeth can sap the confidence right out of your smile. Porcelain veneers are a popular way to restore the outer beauty of otherwise healthy teeth that are just a bit misaligned, chipped, or are misshapen. Our dentist in Miami will be happy to consult with you to evaluate your needs and help you determine if veneers are right for you.
Veneers are layers of thin dental porcelain that mimics tooth enamel. They adhere securely but comfortably to the front surface of a tooth like a shield. They’re a good option to correct cosmetic concerns such as:
After assessing your individual needs, our dentist in Miami will take a mold of your teeth to ensure a custom fit. Before applying the veneers, 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 once a veneer in place, it won’t move or stain and should feel as comfortable and look as natural as the rest of your teeth. No one will know it’s there except you and your dentist.
Both veneers and crowns vastly improve the overall look of your teeth by changing the color, shape, or size. They’re made from the same material, adhere to the underlying tooth structure, and are designed to be permanent. But where a veneer covers only the front side of a tooth, a crown fits over the entire tooth down to the gums, like covering it with a cap. This is why people sometimes refer to a crown as a cap or getting a crown as “capping a tooth.”
A crown works best if your underlying tooth has lost a lot of structure because of decay, age, or trauma, or because you grind your teeth. For a crown to fit properly, a dentist must remove more of a tooth’s exterior enamel (at least 2 mm). Crowns also are recommended for molars with structural or cosmetic issues because they can handle a stronger biting force. Once cemented in place, however, a crown actually helps strengthen the tooth.
Veneers are designed to last several decades, depending on your lifestyle, proper care, and the brand of veneers used. If you remember to brush and floss daily, and you’re mindful not to use your teeth to open bottles, bags, or other items, your smile should look bright and beautiful for a long time.
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! They’re also highly translucent, so they look as natural and as comfortable as they feel.
If you have an underlying issue such as tooth clenching or grinding, your dentist in Miami might suggest that you wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers while you sleep. You’ll also want to be careful about certain foods and tasks that can be tough on natural teeth, as well as teeth with veneers. These include not biting into hard foods such as candy apples or using your teeth to snip price tags or open packages. Otherwise, you’ll care for your veneers as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing them daily.
Have additional questions about whether veneers are right for you? Give our caring staff a call at (305) 459-3204 to set up an appointment. We’re glad to assist you.