Veneers are a great option for people who want to improve the appearance of their smile and reverse the damage caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, and various foods. Veneers can also help you hide the discoloration that occurs because of internal factors.
Veneers are made from a thin laminate material or porcelain. Porcelain veneers are stronger than laminate veneers, but not all situations require such durability. The veneers are applied over the existing teeth and hide a number of flaws, including chipping, cracking, wear, and discoloration. Veneers are also an effective solution for closing wide gaps between teeth.
What is included in the process?
Veneers are customized for each patient. Impressions of the teeth are made and veneers are molded in a lab by a specially trained technician. Veneers are permanent because they are applied directly to the tooth. The process includes a carving away of the natural tooth’s enamel, exposing the dentin. If the veneer were to be removed, it would make the tooth vulnerable to damage. In addition to the carving of the enamel, the process also includes the bonding of the veneer to the tooth with cement that is then cured with a light.
Veneers are ideal for people who want to improve the appearance of their smile on a permanent basis. Your natural teeth should be fairly healthy because veneers do little to strengthen the teeth. However, they are a great solution for solving cosmetic issues. Keep in mind they cannot be whitened, so it is important to brush, floss, and protect them from discoloration and damage. If whitening procedures are needed, it is best to do so prior to the application of the veneer, so it will match the color of natural teeth once installed.
If you believe veneers might solve your cosmetic dentistry issues or you would like advice on improving your smile, contact us to schedule a consultation.
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