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If dingy or yellow teeth make you shy about your smile, you’re not alone. That morning cup of coffee or tea, smoking, certain medications, and even aging all take a toll on our teeth after a while. But if your teeth are no longer as white as you’d like – or if you’re self-conscious about a chipped tooth or slightly misaligned teeth – porcelain veneers can bring back your smile’s beauty and boost your confidence.
Veneers improve the overall look of your teeth by fixing color, size, shape, and spacing. Our dentist in Hialeah is happy to assess your smile to determine if veneers are right for you. Call us today at (305) 921-0481 to schedule a consultation.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers essentially replace tooth enamel with a thin layer of porcelain, covering up surface imperfections. They act like a shield for your teeth and stay firmly in place, so no one but you and your dentist know they’re there.
Veneers are a versatile way to handle several aesthetic issues:
Color: If your teeth are yellow or dingy, veneers can restore their brightness, taking years off your appearance. A single veneer also can target a discolored tooth that might have been particularly resistant to other whitening treatments. But why stop there? Veneers come in an array of natural-looking shades, so you can take your smile a step or two brighter if you like.
Size and shape: Got a chipped tooth? A veneer can make it look like new again. Veneers can lengthen teeth that have been shortened through tooth grinding, also called They even can change the shape of your teeth along your bite if you’ve always thought your teeth were too square or too small to complement your features properly.
Alignment and spacing: Small gaps between teeth that don’t otherwise require braces are also a great fix for veneers, which can mask other minor adjustments in alignment.
To apply one or more veneers, our dentist first will take a mold of your teeth for custom fit that looks natural and feels comfortable in your mouth. Depending on the type of veneers used, the dentist might have to remove a small amount of tooth enamel – less than 1 mm of the surface – before adhering the veneer in place. But once attached, your porcelain veneer will be as permanent as a filling or a crown. While it might need replacing after years of wear or an accident, you won’t have to worry about it staining or shifting around as you eat or speak. Just enjoy smiling again.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Both veneers and crowns can change the overall appearance of your teeth dramatically by adjusting color, shape and size. But a veneer is a cosmetic treatment that covers only the front side of an otherwise healthy tooth. A crown covers an entire tooth down to the gums. Some people refer to getting a crown as “capping a tooth,” because the crown fits over a tooth’s inner core of a tooth like a cap.
Although both veneers and crowns are designed to be permanent, a crown is the better option when the underlying tooth has lost a lot of its structure because of trauma, clenching, grinding, decay, or age. If one of your back teeth has a structural or aesthetic issue, a crown also is recommended because of the stronger biting force that your molars use.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are designed to be permanent. Their durability can vary depending on the brand of veneers used, your lifestyle, and proper care, but treated well, veneers are known to last for decades.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers that are ultra-thin, highly translucent, and yet highly durable – they can last more than 20 years! Because of their thinness, they’re unique in that they require little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth. Like other veneers, they are also stain-resistant, look natural and feel comfortable.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
For the most part, you’ll care for your veneers as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing them daily. But if you have an underlying issue such as tooth clenching or grinding, our dentist in Hialeah might recommend that you wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers while you sleep. You’ll also want to be mindful about certain foods and tasks, especially if your veneers are on your front teeth—perhaps don’t bite into hard foods such as candy apples, or use your teeth to rip open packages or snip price tags from clothing. Those actions can be tough on natural teeth, as well as teeth with veneers.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Hialeah Today
If you have additional questions about veneers or think they might be right for you, call our friendly and caring staff in Hialeah to set up an appointment today at (305) 921-0481. We look forward to helping you.