Giving your teeth a refreshing makeover
Veneers are a thin porcelain shell that is permanently bonded to the teeth. Veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth, including:
Diastemas (spaces between the front teeth)
Broken or chipped teeth
Stained or wash out fillings
Permanently stained or discoloured teeth
Mis-shaped or crooked teeth
There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers places on your front teeth. The advantages of veneers are:
Only a small amount of tooth structure is removed during the procedure.
A healthy ‘natural’ look is achieved with little or no discomfort.
A composite resin filling is used when only a small amount of tooth structure needs replacing or repair.
A full crown is indicated when a tooth has had root canal treatment or when a substantial amount of the entire tooth structure (enamel) has been lost.
A porcelain veneer is indicated when a portion of the front surface of a tooth needs to be esthetically restored.
Similar to the resin bonding procedure, veneers are attached directly to the existing tooth structure. The dentist will take an impression of your tooth to make an exact replica. During your next appointment, a mild conditioning gel is applied to etch the enamel and help adhere the veneer to the tooth. Finally, the veneer is cemented using tooth coloured bonding material.
Veneers can last for years, depending on how well you take care of them.
Veneers are stronger tyhan simple bonding, they are also more resistant to stains and chipping.
However, it is important to maintain regular oral hygiene, to avoid bad habits such as biting nails or chewing ice, and to visit us regularly for routine cleaning and exams.
These precautions will help ensure that your veneers will last a long time and keep looking as good as new!
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