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Drinking coffee or tea, smoking, taking certain medications, and even aging all can make our teeth look dingy and discolored—and take the joy right out of your smile. If your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like – or if you have a chipped tooth or slightly misaligned teeth – porcelain veneers can bring back your smile’s beauty and even give you the smile you’ve always wanted. They not only restore your teeth’s appearance but improve their overall look by fixing color, size, shape, and spacing. Our experienced dentist in Miami can examine your smile to determine if veneers are right for you. Call us today at (305) 403-9348 to schedule a consultation.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers essentially replace tooth enamel with thin ceramic layers, covering up imperfections on the surface. They’re designed to fit snugly and stay firmly in place, so no one but you and your dentist will know they’re there.
Veneers are a versatile way to handle several issues that affect the look of your teeth:
- Color: If your teeth have become dingy, yellow, or discolored, veneers can restore their whiteness, taking years off your appearance. Use one or a few veneers to focus on a single tooth or handful of teeth that have been particularly resistant to other whitening treatments, or choose from a selection of natural-looking hues to make your teeth a step or so brighter.
- Size and shape: Veneers can make a chipped tooth look like new again or lengthen teeth that have been shortened through bruxism, also called tooth grinding. They even can change the shape of your teeth to complement your features better if you’ve always thought your teeth were the wrong size or shape for your face.
- Alignment and spacing: If you don’t want or otherwise need to use braces, porcelain veneers can close small gaps between your teeth and make other minor adjustments in alignment.
To apply one or more veneers, our dentist first will take a mold of your teeth so the veneer feels comfortable in your mouth and has a custom fit that looks natural. 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 – to ensure proper fit. But once attached, your porcelain veneers will be as permanent as a filling or a crown. While veneers might need replacing after years of wear or an accident, you won’t have to worry about them shifting around as you eat or speak or becoming stained.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Both veneers and crowns are made from materials that mimic tooth enamel and can change the color and shape of teeth, improving their appearance dramatically. But veneers act like a shield on the front of the tooth, whereas a crown (sometimes called a cap) covers an entire tooth down to the gums.
That’s because veneers and crowns serve different needs. Veneers hide minor cosmetic flaws in otherwise healthy teeth. Crowns help to structurally repair a tooth that has been damaged because of decay, clenching, grinding, trauma, or age. Crowns also are best for enhancing or repairing molars.
Both veneers and crowns are custom-made to fit your teeth and have the same permanence. But installing a crown involves removing more of your natural exterior enamel (at least 2 mm) for the crown to adhere properly.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are a permanent option for boosting the beauty of your teeth. They can last for decades depending on the brand of veneers used, your lifestyle, and proper care.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers that are ultra-thin and highly translucent. Because of their thinness, need little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth to be applied. Yet their highly durable. Lumineers® are known to last more than 20 years! Like other brands, they not only look natural but feel comfortable and resist staining.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
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 biting into very hard foods, such as candy apples, with teeth covered with veneers – or using these teeth to rip open packages. If your veneers cover teeth that were damaged or worn down because of an underlying issue such as clenching or grinding, your dentist likely will recommend that you wear a custom-made night guard to protect them. But otherwise, just brush and floss your teeth gently each day.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Miami Today
If you have additional questions about whether veneers are right for you, our caring staff is glad to set up an appointment for our dentist in Miami to evaluate your smile. Please give us a call at (305) 403-9348 today. We’re here to help you.