What Are Porcelain Veneers?

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are a widely common dentistry treatment that is also widely available. Veneers allow a patient to completely transform their smile with just a couple of visits to a dentist. Porcelain veneers are very attractive to patients who want to improve the look of their teeth quickly and easily.

What are veneers?

Essentially, a dental veneer is an extremely thin shell that is attached to the front of your teeth to change their shape, color, or size permanently. Typically, the shell will be made of porcelain, or ceramic, because this material closely imitates the strength and feel of real teeth. Veneers are typically applied to people who can’t seem to achieve the color of teeth that they want or people who dislike the shape or size of their teeth.

What else are veneers used for?

While porcelain veneers are typically used for cosmetic reasons, to change the appearance of your teeth, they can also be used to correct some other dental issues.

  • Stains that can’t be whitened using other procedures
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gapped teeth

How are veneers applied?

The application of veneers typically takes just two visits to your dentist. In the first visit, they will examine your mouth and take measurements as well as provide you with a consultation to make sure that veneers are the perfect fit for your unique situation. Then, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for the new permanent veneers. A mold is then taken of your teeth and sent into a lab where your veneers will be uniquely designed and created for you. While you wait, your dentist will provide you with temporary veneers made from the same mold until your beautiful new professional veneers arrive.

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