Veneers are very thin- colored pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are carefully created to bond to and cover the front of teeth. Similar to a false fingernail, the veneer can cover dark or yellow teeth, fill gaps,lengthen short teeth or straighten a crooked smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. Veneers are a more conservative treatment than a crown and are often used if the underlying teeth is strong and healthy.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
Severely discolored or stained teeth from root canal treatment or other medication, excessive fluoride, large resin fillings, or other cause
Teeth that are too small or large or have gaps between them.
Unwanted or uneven spaces.
Worn ,chipped or broken teeth.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.
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