Dental Veneers Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM
Veneers are a thin porcelain shell that is permanently bonded to the teeth. Veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are a thin porcelain shell that is permanently bonded to the teeth. Veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth, including:
- Diastemas (spaces between the teeth.)
- Broken or chipped teeth.
- Stained or washed out fillings.
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth.
- Misshapen or crooked teeth.
Advantages and benefits of veneers!
There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers placed on your front teeth. The advantages of veneers are:
- Only a small amount of tooth structure is removed during the procedure.
- A healthy 'natural' look is achieved with little or no discomfort.
How are veneers different from fillings or crowns?
A composite resin filling is used when only a small amount of tooth structure needs replacing or repair. A full crown is indicated when a tooth has had root canal treatment or when a substantial amount of the entire tooth structure (enamel) has been lost. A porcelain veneer is indicated when a portion of the front surface of a tooth needs to be esthetically restored.
How are porcelain veneers created?
Similar to the resin bonding procedure, veneers are attached directly to the existing tooth structure. The dentist will take an impression of your tooth to make an exact replica. During your next appointment, a mild conditioning gel is applied to etch the enamel and help adher the veneer to the tooth. Finaly, the veneer is cemented using tooth colored bonding material.
What can you expect from your veneers?
Veneers can last for years, depending on how well you take care of them. Veneers are stronger than simple bonding, they are also more resistant to stains and chipping. However, it is important to maintain regular oral hygiene, to avoid bad habits such as biting nails or chewing ice, and to visit us regularly for routine cleaning and exams. These precautions will help ensure that your veneers will last a long time and keep looking as good as new.
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