Not everyone has a mouth full of perfect teeth. Sometimes it’s genetic — your teeth are uneven or too small or have a gap between them. Sometimes it’s your environment — you develop stains from what you eat or drink or smoke, or you accidentally chip or crack a tooth. Fortunately, though, dental veneers can cover a host of dental issues, evening out your smile and making it bright again.
At the dental office of Dr. Raul Molina in Miami, Florida, we offer our patients durable, stain-resistant porcelain veneers to boost their self-confidence about their appearance and to correct a range of dental problems. Veneers can offer you a number of benefits, so let’s get started.
Dental veneer basics
Also known as dental porcelain laminates, dental veneers are custom-made, wafer-thin shells that we bond to the surface of your teeth to change their size, shape, color, or length. They’re also a durable and affordable alternative to getting a dental crown, which sits over the top of your tooth to protect it, but which requires that we shave down the tooth surface.
Veneers don’t improve your oral health by themselves; however, because of their resistance to both acid and decay, they contribute to overall oral hygiene, while brightening your smile.
Dental veneers come in either porcelain or resin composite materials. We prefer the porcelain for a number of reasons:
- They resist stains better than resin.
- They’re stronger than resin.
- They look more like your natural teeth in their color and light-reflecting properties.
Dental veneers may be ideal for patients who want a long-term solution to cosmetic dental concerns, but don’t respond well to other treatments like teeth whitening or orthodontia or are looking for a cost-effective restoration option. Most veneers last 7-15 years, after which you’ll need to replace them.
5 benefits of porcelain veneers
Besides being a quick and natural-looking option, the benefits of dental veneers include:
1. Prevent further damage
Because veneers cover small cracks and are permanently bonded to the tooth surface, they seal the tooth against both decay-causing bacteria and food debris. They also serve to shore up areas of weak enamel, again protecting the tooth from acid and decay.
2. Fill in gaps and spaces
If you have gaps between your teeth, they can attract plaque and debris, serving as a breeding ground for bacteria. Gaps can also lead to bite misalignments and structural stress, potentially followed by tooth fractures and tooth loss. Veneers bridge the gaps, giving you a strong, even surface.
3. Customize tooth color and shape
Veneers can be shaped to enhance your tooth’s dimensions, bringing a shorter tooth in line with the rest of your mouth.
4. Provide stain-resistance and brilliance
The porcelain is highly resistant to stains from coffee, tea, dark berries — even tobacco. And the veneers are built to resemble healthy, white tooth enamel.
5. Treated just like natural teeth
Veneers not only look like your natural teeth, but you take care of them in the same way, brushing, flossing, and visiting Dr. Molina twice a year for professional cleanings and check-ups.
Veneers also have the advantage that you lose little natural tooth material during the application process, unlike dental crowns.
Tired of broadcasting the wear-and-tear your teeth have built up over your life every time you smile? Veneers may be just the thing for you. Give Dr. Molina a call at (305) 614-0211 to schedule a consultation, or book online with us today.