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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 yellow, 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 can bring the beauty back to your smile.
Veneers restore your teeth’s appearance and improve their overall look by fixing color, size, shape, and spacing. Want to learn more? Our experienced dentist in Miami is happy to assess your smile to determine if veneers are right for you. Call us today at (305) 403-9711 to schedule a consultation.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers cover the front of a tooth with thin ceramic layers, discretely improving the look of your smile. Here are some ways they can help you smile with confidence:
- Brighten Teeth: Veneers can make teeth that stubbornly resist other whitening treatments white again so they’ll blend in with your natural teeth. Want to go even brighter? Veneers come in a variety of shades, so you can choose just how bright you’d like your smile to be.
- Size and shape: Veneers can lengthen teeth that have been shortened through bruxism, or tooth grinding, and also smooth out chipped teeth. Veneers also can adjust the shape of your teeth to best complement your features if you’ve always thought your teeth were too big, too square, too round, or too small for your face.
- Alignment and spacing: Do you dread wearing braces when you’re beyond your teen years just to fix a tiny gap between your teeth? Porcelain veneers can make minor adjustments in spacing and alignment without the longer treatment that braces involve.
Crafted from a material that mimics tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are custom-made from a mold of your teeth. Depending on the brand and type of veneers used, our dentist in Miami 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 it’s adhered in place, it’s your secret. It won’t move or stain, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Both veneers and crowns 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 alter the overall appearance of your teeth by changing the shape, size or color.
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, the dentist likely will advise you to wear a custom-made night guard to protect your new smile while you sleep. 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 Miami 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 Miami at (305) 403-9711 to set up an appointment to discuss your concerns about using veneers and how they can fit into your dental care.