Miami Beach Dental Center
333 Arthur Godfrey Road, Suite 818, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Just as coffee, medication, or aging can stain your teeth over time, discolored teeth can sap your confidence—and your desire to smile. Porcelain veneers are one way to bring back your teeth’s outer beauty. This fairly simple treatment also can also fix other aesthetic issues such as teeth that are just a bit misaligned, chipped, or misshapen. Our experienced dentist in Miami Beach today can assess your needs and discuss whether veneers are the right option for you.
A porcelain veneer is like a new outer shell for your tooth. Composed of thin ceramic layers that mimic tooth enamel, porcelain veneers adhere to a tooth’s surface, improving minor issues in appearance. Veneers can appear to lengthen teeth that have been shortened through tooth grinding, also called bruxism, or smooth out chipped teeth. They also can adjust the overall shape of your teeth to complement your features better.
If you have a tooth that’s misaligned or small gaps between your teeth but don’t otherwise need braces, veneers can fix those problems as well.
Perhaps best of all, veneers can brighten your smile if your teeth aren’t as white as they once were—or they’re not as white as you’d like. Food, beverages such as coffee and tea, smoking, medications, and age all contribute to yellowing or discoloring our teeth. With veneers, you can choose a shade that looks natural but takes years off your appearance. They’re especially helpful for one or two teeth that are discolored or particularly resistant to other whitening treatments. Our dentist even can show you how your smile will look with veneers before you undergo treatment.
Because veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth, our dentist in Miami Beach first will make a mold of your teeth before applying them. The dentist might have to reduce a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel (less than 1 mm of the surface) so the veneer fits snugly and comfortably against your tooth. But once the veneers are adhered in place, they’re virtually worry-free. They won’t shift or move while you eat or talk, and they won’t stain, giving you a radiant smile.
Both veneers and crowns improve the appearance of teeth dramatically by changing the color and shape. But where veneers are a cosmetic procedure and act like a shield on the front of a tooth, a crown (sometimes called a cap) covers the entire tooth down to the gums. A crown is recommended when the underlying tooth has severe decay or damage, because applying a crown actually strengthens the existing tooth structure. To apply a crown, more natural exterior enamel — at least 2 mm – must be removed first. But just like veneers, crowns are meant to be permanent. Crowns also work best when rectifying cosmetic and structural issues in back teeth because of the strong biting force between your molars.
Veneers are a permanent option for improving the appearance of your teeth. As such, they could last several decades, depending on your lifestyle, proper care, and the brand used.
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers that are ultra-thin, highly translucent, and yet highly durable – they are known to last more than 20 years! Because of their thinness, Lumineers® need little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth to be applied. They not only look natural but feel comfortable and also resist staining.
Care for your veneers as you would your natural teeth, only with a gentle touch. Veneers can be quite strong, but we don’t recommend using veneer-covered teeth to bite into very hard foods, such as candy apples – or ripping open packages with these teeth. If you have an underlying issue such as clenching or grinding your teeth, your dentist likely will recommend that you wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers while you sleep. Otherwise, just brush and floss your teeth gently each day.
If you have additional questions about whether veneers are right for you, our helpful staff is glad to set up an appointment for our dentist in Miami Beach to evaluate your smile. Please give us a call at (786) 838-4176 today.