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If coffee, medication, or aging has stained your teeth, porcelain veneers are one way to bring back the brightness again. This fairly simple cosmetic treatment also helps restore the outer beauty of teeth that are chipped or just a bit misshapen or misaligned. Call our experienced dentist in Winter Park today at (407) 901-4351 to schedule a consultation to discuss if veneers are right for you.
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 mask a variety of imperfections:
Color: Veneers can whiten your teeth, even ones especially resistant 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, or lengthen teeth that have been shortened because of tooth grinding (also called bruxism). If you feel self-conscious about your teeth looking too round, too small, too big, or too square for your face, veneers also can change the shape of your teeth to complement your features better.
Spacing and alignment: Veneers can close small gaps between your teeth and make other minor adjustments in alignment if you don’t want to use braces or if your situation doesn’t quite require them.
Our dentist in Winter Park will be glad to show you how you’ll look with veneers before getting started. Before applying any veneers, the dentist first will take a mold of your teeth to ensure 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 they’re attached, veneers are virtually worry-free. They won’t stain, shift, or move around while you talk or eat, just give you a gorgeous smile.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Both veneers and crowns can improve the appearance of teeth dramatically by changing the shape or color. Both also are made from the same material that mimics natural tooth enamel, and both are custom-made to fit your teeth. But where a veneer acts like a shield on the front of a tooth, a crown (sometimes called a cap) covers an entire tooth down to the gums.
Veneers enhance healthy teeth that have minor aesthetic problems. A crown is the better choice when a tooth has been severely damaged by decay, age, trauma, clenching, or grinding. Crowns also are recommended to fix cosmetic or structural issues in your back teeth because they can handle the stronger biting force between your molars. To place a crown, a dentist must remove more of the exterior enamel – at least 2 mm. But once adhered in place, a crown has the same permanence and durability as a veneer and actually restores the strength and function of the underlying tooth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Depending on the brand used, proper care, and your lifestyle, veneers can last decades. They’re designed as a permanent option for improving the appearance of your teeth, so barring any accidents to your teeth, they should keep you smiling beautifully as long as you’re good to them.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers known for being ultra-thin, highly translucent, and yet highly durable – they can last more than 20 years! Because of their thinness, Lumineers® need little to no reduction in your tooth’s enamel to be applied. They not only look feel comfortable and resist staining but also look natural.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
Veneers like a gentle touch. Although they can be quite strong, your dentist in Winter Park likely will suggest you be careful not to bite into very hard foods, such as candy apples, with teeth covered with veneers – or use these teeth to snip price tags or rip open packages. If you have an ongoing issue such as clenching or grinding your teeth, you also might need to wear a custom-made night guard to protect your new smile while you sleep. Otherwise, care for your veneers as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing each day.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Winter Park Today
If you have additional questions about veneers, our caring and friendly staff is glad to set up an appointment for our dentist in Winter Park to evaluate your needs. Please give us a call at (407) 901-4351 today.