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If your once-radiant smile has less luster due to small imperfections such as stains and gaps between your teeth, porcelain veneers are one way to restore your teeth’s outer beauty as well as your confidence. Veneers are a popular way to correct not only the color of your teeth but minor spacing issues, size, and shape. Our trained dentist in Chicopee is happy to assess your smile and help you determine if veneers are right for you.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Composed of thin ceramic layers, porcelain veneers essentially operate like a shield for your teeth, replacing tooth enamel by adhering to a tooth’s outer surface. They’re as permanent as a crown or filling and can correct a host of issues:
- Spacing and alignment: Close a gap in your teeth and make other minor adjustments in alignment with our veneers. Veneers are a corrective treatment if you don’t want to use braces or if your situation doesn’t quite require them.
- Color: Whiten your teeth, even the ones resistant to other whitening treatments. Veneers are available in a variety of natural-looking shades, so you can match the color to your teeth or take them a step or more brighter.
- Size and shape: Use veneers to make chipped teeth look new again or lengthen teeth that have been shortened because of tooth grinding (also called bruxism}. If you’ve always thought your teeth are too square, too round, too big, or too small, veneers can alter the shape of your teeth to better complement your features.
Our dentist in Chicopee will show you what you’ll look like with veneers before your treatment starts. Before veneer application, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth to ensure a comfortable, custom fit. Depending on the type of veneers recommended, a portion of your tooth enamel may be removed before your veneers are placed. Once they’re affixed, you won’t need to worry about them being stained or shifting while you talk or eat. Please, enjoy your new smile!
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Veneers and crowns are made from materials that emulate enamel and are attached to the natural teeth. Both also change the shape, color, size, and overall appearance of your teeth.
However, each address different concerns. Veneers hide minor imperfections and is considered a cosmetic procedure. Crowns repair a tooth that has been damaged by trauma, clenching, grinding, decay, or age. A veneer is applied to the front of a tooth whereas a crown (oftentimes called a cap) covers an entire tooth. Installing a crown removes more of your exterior tooth enamel, but once in place, it helps strengthen the underlying tooth. Because crowns will withstand the stronger biting force between your molars, they are preferred to treat structural and cosmetic issues affecting your molars.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are designed to be a long-wearing treatment that augments the beauty of your teeth. Although their durability varies depending upon your care and your lifestyle, and the brand of veneers used, they should last for decades if you brush and floss them daily.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a brand of veneers that are ultra-thin and very translucent. They are unique because they require little to no reduction in the enamel of your natural tooth, yet they are also highly durable. Lumineers are known to last more than 20 years and similar to other brands, they look natural, feel comfortable, fit snugly, and resist staining.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
If your veneers cover teeth worn from clenching or grinding, our dentist likely will recommend you wear a custom night guard to protect your new smile. Otherwise, care for your veneers as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing them each day.
Keep in mind that as durable as veneers can be, they aren’t completely invincible. If you have veneers on your front teeth, you’re advised to avoid biting into hard foods such as candy apples, or opening packages with those teeth.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Chicopee Today
If you have additional questions about veneers or think they might be bestchoice for you, we’re here to help. Our staff in Chicopee is eager to set up an appointment for you to discuss any concerns about using veneers and how they can fit into your dental care.