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Dental veneers can be a great solution for people who want to improve their looks due to having chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, or misshapen teeth.
Veneers are thin covers that adhere to teeth to give them a more classically shaped and natural look. Veneers and other teeth coverings can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues such as:
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material. They are strong and, although not permanent, they are long-lasting.
Porcelain veneers are thin custom-made shells that fit on the teeth. Prepping teeth for veneers usually has the dentist removing a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth, making room for the veneers to fit for a natural look.
To veneer teeth, the dentist then makes an impression or mold of the prepared teeth and sends it to a dental lab that custom-makes the veneers. This may take several days and your dentist may give you temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
At your next visit, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth. Composite veneers can usually be applied in one visit, cost less than porcelain veneers, and are easy to fix if they're damaged.
Before you get teeth coverings like veneers, your teeth and gums must be healthy. Your dentist can treat any disease or decay before your veneers are placed.
Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth because the thin veneers may chip or break. If that's the case, your dentist may suggest you wear a plastic dental night guard while sleeping to protect them.
As with all your dental care, discuss your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
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