Dolson Avenue Dental
75 Dolson Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940
If coffee, medication, or aging has stained your teeth, porcelain veneers are one way to bring back the brightness again. This fairly simple treatment also helps restore the appearance of teeth that chipped or just a bit misshapen or misaligned.
Porcelain veneers cover the front of a tooth with thin ceramic layers, discretely improving the look of your smile. Here are some ways they can help you smile with confidence:
Crafted from a material that mimics tooth enamel, a porcelain veneer actually adheres to the surface of your tooth. It’s custom-made from a mold of your teeth. Depending on the brand and type of veneers used, our dentist in Middletown might have to reduce a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel (less than 1 mm of the surface) so the veneer fits snugly and naturally against your tooth. But once it’s adhered in place, it’s your secret. It won’t move or stain, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Both veneers and crowns can improve the appearance of teeth dramatically by changing the color and shape. But a crown (sometimes called a cap) covers the entire tooth, down to the gums. A veneer acts like a shield on the front of the tooth.
Veneers enhance healthy teeth that have minor cosmetic problems. A crown is the better option when a tooth has been severely damaged by decay, age, trauma, clenching, or grinding. Crowns also are recommended for back teeth because they can handle a stronger biting force.
Just like veneers, crowns are custom-made to fit your teeth, and both are made from the same material that mimics natural tooth enamel. 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.
Veneers are known to last decades, depending on the brand used, proper care, and your lifestyle. 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.
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.
Veneers like a gentle touch. Although they can be quite strong, your dentist in Middletown likely won’t recommend your biting into very hard foods, such as candy apples, with teeth covered with veneers – or using these teeth to snip price tags or rip open packages. If you have an underlying issue such as clenching or grinding your teeth, it’s best to wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers. Otherwise, care for your veneers as you would your natural teeth by brushing and flossing gently each day.
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 Middletown to evaluate your smile. Please give us a call at (845) 512-1246 today.