Veneers are a cosmetic dental option used as an alternative to crowns to correct both color and shape problems, close spaces between teeth, and fix uneven, chipped or cracked teeth. Some of these problems are the result of:
Porcelain veneers are used in restoration efforts to give you back your dazzling, white smile. Even though they use a very thin layer of porcelain material over your teeth, they are very strong, durable, and built to last for many years with proper care. After veneer treatment, a week or two are needed to get used to your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are used to:
Teeth whitening can provide a whiter, brighter smile but will only prove effective on teeth that have mild discoloration. Even a professional whitening at a dental office cannot provide as much improvement for teeth that have a greater degree of discoloration on them. This is where veneers can be a comprisable option. Veneers remain durable and will last much longer than tooth whitening solutions. Porcelain veneers can also change the shape of teeth and enhance your appearance.
First, the teeth are examined to find out about any pre-existing conditions and to get a better idea of which veneer treatment option would be the best for you. As the exam concludes, a veneer treatment plan is created that focuses on your specific needs. Tooth color is also taken into account to match the color as close as possible to your natural tooth color. A local anesthesia is administered to ensure that you are at ease during the treatment. Then an impression of the teeth is taken and sent to the dental laboratory so your new veneers can be made. During this process, a mold is prepared from the impression of your teeth and used as a temporary veneer. You will be advised to wear the temporary veneer until the permanent veneer is prepared and specific adjustments are made in the permanent veneer. During this time the patient may experience slight discomfort. For the final placement of the permanent veneer, the teeth are cleaned before the veneer is finally fixed onto the tooth. With the help of a special curing light, the glue/cement is hardened.
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