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Your morning cup of coffee or tea, smoking, aging, and even certain medications all can take a toll on your teeth, making them look dingy and discolored. If your smile isn’t as white as you’d like – or if you have a chipped tooth or slightly misaligned teeth – porcelain veneers are one option to bring the beauty back to your smile.
By fixing color, size, shape, and spacing, veneers restore your teeth’s appearance and improve their overall look. Want to learn more? Our experienced dentist in Hialeah is happy to assess your smile to determine if veneers are right for you. Call us today at (786) 838-4145 to schedule a consultation.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers essentially replace tooth enamel by adhering thin ceramic layers to a tooth’s outer surface. They’re designed to handle a number of surface imperfections:
Color: Veneers can brighten your teeth, even ones especially stubborn to other whitening treatments. They come in a variety of natural-looking shades, so you can match the hue to your existing teeth or take them a step or two brighter.
Size and shape: Veneers can make chipped teeth look like new again, lengthen teeth that have been shortened because of tooth grinding (also called bruxism), and fix other similar issues. They also can change the shape of your teeth overall to complement your features better. Don’t feel self-conscious any more about your teeth looking too round, too small, too big, or too square for your face.
Spacing and alignment: If you don’t want to use braces or if your situation doesn’t quite require them, veneers can close small gaps between your teeth and make other minor adjustments in alignment.
Before applying your veneers, our dentist in Hialeah first will take a mold of your teeth so the veneer has a custom, comfortable fit. Depending on the type of veneers used, a small amount of tooth enamel (less than 1 mm) might need to be removed before your veneers adhere in place. But once attached, veneers are virtually worry-free. They won’t stain, shift, or move around while you talk or eat, just give you a radiant smile.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Both veneers and crowns are custom-made to fit your teeth and are designed to have the same permanence. They’re made from materials that mimic tooth enamel and attach to your natural teeth. Both also can change the shape, size, color, and overall appearance of your teeth.
However, the reasons for getting veneers and crowns differ. Veneers are used to hide minor imperfections in otherwise healthy teeth; they’re a cosmetic dental procedure. Crowns can structurally repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay, age, trauma, clenching or grinding. They also can withstand the strong biting force that molars use, making them best for tooth issues affecting the molars.
What’s more, a veneer is applied only to the front of a tooth, acting like a shield. A crown or a cap covers the entire tooth down to the gums and involves removing more exterior tooth enamel (at least 2 mm) to fit properly. That said, adhering a crown to a previously weakened or damaged tooth actually helps strengthen the tooth’s structure.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are designed to be long-wearing, durable options for enhancing the beauty of your teeth. Of course, their durability depends upon proper care, your lifestyle, and the brand of veneers used, but they should last for decades if you treat them as well as your natural teeth.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers that are ultra-thin and highly translucent. They’re unique in that they require little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth, yet they’re known to be durable enough to last more than 20 years. Like other brands, they also resist staining, look natural, and feel comfortable.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
If your veneers cover teeth that were damaged or worn down because of an underlying issue such as clenching or grinding, you’ll likely need a custom-made night guard to protect them. But for the most part, care for veneers as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing gently each day. That said, even though veneers can be tough, we don’t recommend using veneer-covered teeth to rip open packages, or biting into very hard foods, such as candy apples.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Hialeah Today
If you have additional questions about veneers or think they might be right for you, we’re glad to help. Call our caring staff today in Hialeah at (786) 838-4145 to set up an appointment to discuss your concerns about using veneers and how they can fit into your dental care.