Veneers are very thin shells or coverings that are applied to the front surfaces of teeth, correcting the appearance of cosmetic issues like:
Made of durable porcelain that can be tinted to match the neighboring teeth, veneers also can be used to help teeth appear straighter, providing a good option for people who want the cosmetic benefits of braces without the long treatment time.
It usually takes two visits to apply veneers. During the first visit, a small amount of the tooth surface is removed to make room for the veneer so it doesn’t extend over the edges of neighboring teeth once applied. An impression is also made during the first visit and sent to a lab where the veneer will be custom made and tinted so it blends perfectly with the surrounding teeth. A temporary covering can be placed on the tooth to protect it while the veneer is being made. At the second visit, the temporary covering is removed and the veneer is applied using a strong dental adhesive, then gently buffed for a comfortable and precise fit.
No, veneers are very durable, and they can be cared for like natural teeth with routine brushing and flossing and routine dental visits to keep the veneer in top shape.
Veneers can last ten years or longer with proper care. As with natural teeth, it’s important to avoid chewing on ice or hard candy to prevent chips or other damage. Avoiding foods and drinks that stain also can help prevent discoloration of veneers so they continue to look great for many years.
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