One of the most popular procedures for smile restoration is dental veneers. Veneers are thin covers made of porcelain or plastic that are cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. They’re especially useful in improving the appearance of your smile when your teeth have uneven surfaces or are chipped, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers. They’re also popular because the procedure often involves little or no anesthesia and they last longer and retain their color longer than bonding.
It typically takes a few appointments to get veneers. During the first visit, your teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the thickness of the veneer. After that, a mold is taken of your teeth from which the veneers will be made. Once the veneers have been fabricated, they are placed on your teeth to check their fit and color and adjusted as necessary. When the match is ideal, the tooth is cleansed with chemicals to prepare it for bonding. The veneer is then cemented in place and lasers are used to harden the cement.
After one or two weeks, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment to make sure the process of restoring your smile went well. Once they’re in place, your veneers will generally last five to ten years, and once you have them, you simply continue to brush and floss regularly and come in for your regular checkups.
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