Dental Veneers

Veneers (custom-made shells bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth) are meant improve your appearance. You may consider veneers to cover some aspects of your denture you are unsatisfied with, such as discolored, misshaped, or worn down teeth, gaps between your front teeth or a chipped tooth. The result is quite impressive.

Types of Veneers

There are several available materials for veneers.  When you choose, keep in mind that your dentist should be able to help you with the decision. You would have to choose between porcelain veneers, lumineers and composite veneers. The most common material is porcelain: these are shiny and translucent veneers that look almost exactly like natural teeth, are stain resistant and do not affect the health of gums.

Veneer Treatment

Veneers can be completed within two office visits. Your dentist will first shape and prepare your teeth, help you choose a shade, than take an impression of the entire denture and have it sent to a dental laboratory. Until the next visit you may wear temporary veneers to protect your teeth. Until your next visit, custom-fit veneers will be made for you at the dental laboratory. Your dentist will adjust them until they will fit perfectly. If the color is satisfactory and the best shape is achieved, your new veneers will be cemented into place.

Repairing & Caring For Dental Veneers

You should be very careful with your chewing habits and avoid biting pens, fingernails, anything very cold or very hard that could chip your veneers as they cannot be repaired. Also, if you grind your teeth, you have to start wearing a night guard (which is a protective plastic cover that deflects forces), otherwise your veneers are likely to be compromised.

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