Dental veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that is custom-made for every patient and designed to cover the front surface of teeth that show when you smile. This procedure can be a great option for patients who want to correct common concerns such as cracked or chipped teeth, worn-down enamel, misaligned or gapped teeth, and even permanently stained or discolored teeth that have not responded to traditional whitening treatments.
A veneer can also act as a sturdy material that can protect your real tooth from further damage that can occur over time. While they are thin shells of porcelain, they can still be quite durable as long as they are properly taken care of by the patient.
The process of placing veneers usually takes two visits to complete. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared by a process called etching, which involves removing a small amount of the enamel from the tooth's surface so that the veneer can be bonded securely to the tooth surface later. Then, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a lab where the permanent veneer is fabricated. The patient returns to the dental office when the veneer is ready, and the dentist places it onto the surface of the tooth using special cement. The dentist then shapes the veneer as needed until it is a perfect fit before polishing the material to a natural-looking sheen.
After your procedure is complete, it is important to take good care of your veneers so that they stay strong and continue to look great for years to come. Be sure to brush your veneers at least twice a day, and floss daily as well to remove any food particles that may be trapped between the teeth and under the gum line. Avoid chewing on hard candy or ice, as this may chip or crack the veneer. With
Veneers can correct minor misalignment, gaps between teeth, and discolorations. The porcelain material gives the veneer a natural appearance that blends in with the rest of your smile. As a result, you can improve the look of your teeth and boost your confidence at the same time.
If you decide to get porcelain veneers to improve your smile, it's important to understand that the process is generally irreversible. Once the teeth have been ground down to accept the veneers, there's no turning back. It's also important to understand that the materials used during this procedure aren't as strong as natural teeth. You should avoid biting your nails, chewing on ice cubes, or eating sticky foods that could damage the veneers. You may want to avoid habits such as nail-biting or ice-eating that can damage the veneered teeth is often recommended. If you're considering getting porcelain veneers to rejuvenate your smile, talk to your dentist first to determine if this cosmetic dentistry option is right for you.
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