What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layers of material, which are permanently bonded to damaged or uneven teeth. They are made of porcelain or resin composite and custom-made to match your teeth perfectly. Veneers are a good solution if a single bridge or crown would not be enough to improve the look of your smile.
Why Choose Veneers?
Veneers are used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, eliminate gaps, correct misalignments and hide permanent discoloration. They are natural-looking, long-lasting and need no special care.
You may not be a good candidate for dental veneers if you have extremely sensitive teeth, gum disease or are prone to tooth decay. While veneers cover teeth, they do not protect from sensitivity or decay and can actually make these problems worse.
How Do I Get Them?
A consultation is the first step in getting veneers. Your dentist will perform a thorough exam and take x-rays during this visit. You should explain exactly what you hope to achieve with veneers to determine whether or not the procedure will meet your expectations.
At your next appointment, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the affected teeth. An impression is then taken, which is sent to a dental lab and used to create your veneers. This usually takes from two to four weeks, so temporary veneers are sometimes used if the teeth are highly visible.
How Are They Applied?
The next step in getting veneers is the application. The veneer is placed over your tooth and repeatedly shaped until the perfect fit is achieved. The color of the cement is also matched to your teeth at this point. Once the fit and color is just right, your teeth are cleaned and smoothed so that the veneer will adhere tightly. Your dentist may schedule a follow-up visit to make sure that the veneers are holding up well.
Veneers aren't for everyone, but if you are a good candidate, they are an effective way to correct many unsightly dental problems. They are low-maintenance and quick to apply, giving you the smile you've always wanted in a fraction of the time other cosmetic dental procedures take.
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