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Porcelain veneers are one way to restore your teeth’s outer beauty as well as your self-confidence. Veneers are a preferred way to correct not only the color of your teeth but minor spacing issues, size, and shape. Our trained dentist in Greenfield is happy to appraise your smile and help you determine if veneers are right for you.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Composed of thin ceramic layers, porcelain veneers basically work like a shield for your teeth, replacing tooth enamel by adhering to a tooth’s outer surface. They are as permanent as a crown or filling and can correct a host of aesthetic issues:
- Spacing and alignment: Close a gap in your teeth and make other minor adjustments in tooth alignment with our veneers. Veneers are a straightforward corrective treatment if you don’t want 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 make them more bright.
- Size and shape: Veneers can make chipped teeth look practically new again or lengthen teeth that have been shortened because of tooth grinding (also called bruxism}. And, if you’ve always thought your teeth are too square, too round, too big, or too small, veneers will alter the shape of your teeth to better complement your features.
Our dentist in Greenfield can show you what you’ll look like with veneers before your treatment begins. Prior to applying your veneers, the dentist will make a mold of your teeth to ensure a comfortable, custom fit. Depending on the type of veneers used, a small portion of your tooth enamel may be removed before your veneers are applied. Once they’re affixed, you won’t need to worry about them staining or shifting while you eat or talk. Enjoy your brighter smile!
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Veneers and crowns are made from material that mimic your tooth enamel and are attached to the natural teeth. Both also will change the shape, color, size, and general appearance of your teeth.
However, each corrective treatment addresses different concerns. Veneers hide small imperfections and are considered a cosmetic procedure. Crowns, on the other hand, repair a tooth that has been damaged by trauma, grinding, clenching, decay, or age. A veneer is applied to the front of your tooth whereas a crown (also known as a cap) covers the entire tooth. Installing a crown involves removing your exterior tooth enamel, but once in place, it strengthens the underlying tooth. And because crowns will withstand the biting force between your molars, they are preferred to treat structural and cosmetic issues affecting those teeth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are designed to be a longtime fix for enhancing the beauty of your teeth and ultimately your smile. Although their durability varies depending upon care, lifestyle, and the brand of veneers used, they should last for decades if you brush and floss them regularly.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are a particular brand of veneers that are ultra-thin and extremely translucent. They are unique because they require little to no reduction in the enamel of your natural tooth, yet they also are highly durable. Lumineers are known to last more than 20 years and like other veneer brands, they look natural, are comfortable, fit snugly, and resist staining.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
If your veneers are covering teeth worn down from clenching or grinding, our dentist likely will recommend you wear a custom night guard to protect your new smile. Otherwise, care for your porcelain 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 are not invincible. If you have veneers on your front teeth, you will be advised to avoid biting into hard food such as candy apples, or opening packages with your teeth.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Greenfield Today
If you have questions about veneers or think they might be the best choice for you, we are here to help. Our caring staff in Greenfield 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.