How Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers Work
Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain shells that are bonded directly to the front of your teeth.
While veneers can be made from a variety of materials, porcelain is recommended because it resists stains better than other types of dental veneers, and it better replicates the reflectiveness of natural teeth. If you’re considering a dental veneer, we’ll be able to discuss the different options available to you.
Dental veneers are commonly used for closing gaps, enhancing shape, or changing the color of teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. In the majority of cases, some level of tooth reduction is necessary for optimal results.
Porcelain veneers are used to enhance one’s smile when teeth are not shaped correctly, to close gaps in between teeth, and to bring about a smooth cosmetic smile line.
The procedure normally involves a small reduction of the tooth structure. Whatever is removed is replaced by a porcelain “shield.” These porcelain shields are very thin and can improve both the color and shape of teeth.
The diagram below illustrates the normal procedure for placing a veneer. A small amount of tooth structure is removed to make room for the thin veneer.
What’s the Process for Getting a Dental Veneer?
Getting a dental veneer will typically take several trips to the dentist. The first trip will be for a consultation to come up with a course of action. The following trips will be for making and applying the veneers.
Before the procedure, you will want to explain what you are wanting to achieve. An examination will likely take place to determine if you are suited for the procedure. The examination might involve taking X-rays or making impressions of your teeth.
To get your teeth ready for veneers, space must be made. This is done by removing enough tooth so that there is space for a veneer to be added to the surface of the tooth. Models will be made of the teeth that need veneers and the models will be sent to a laboratory to construct the veneers. Once the veneers have been shipped back, the bonding process can take place.
Thanks to porcelain veneers, you no longer have to put up with cracked, stained, or misshapen teeth! Porcelain is not susceptible to decay so your bright smile stand the test of time as long as healthy hygiene habits are maintained. Once your veneers have thoroughly bonded in place, they will incredibly natural!
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