Many people aren’t happy with their smile; their teeth may be misshapen or misaligned, or they might have noticeable gaps. Previous sports injuries may have contributed to chipped or broken teeth. Drinking tea, coffee, or red wine may have stained teeth over time. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your teeth, new veneers will give you a terrific reason to smile!
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain or composite resin that fit over the front side of your existing teeth, improving their appearance. Veneers can be used to fix teeth that are badly stained, chipped or worn down, or even abnormally spaced or uneven.
Porcelain is a terrific material for veneers; it’s realistic in appearance, and reflects light the way natural tooth enamel does. The porcelain shells are wafer-thin, and are bonded onto the front surfaces of the teeth that need aesthetic improvement.
To prepare for the adhesion of veneers, your dentist will remove approximately one millimeter of enamel from the surface of the teeth. An impression will be taken of the inside of the mouth, and a mold will be created and sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers are custom made. A special cement will be used to bond the veneers to your teeth. Very little tooth structure is lost during the procedure, and some treatments require no anesthesia at all. The veneers will be virtually stain resistant.
Veneers should be treated the same way you would care for your natural teeth, but use nonabrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging them. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect the veneers.
Veneers are a wonderful solution for chipped, stained, misaligned, or misshapen teeth. Talk to your dentist about how veneers can give you the smile you’re dreaming of! For more information about veneers, please contact:
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