Cosmetic procedures are constantly improving. If you are unhappy with sizing, shape, color and appearance flaws in teeth, don’t delay. Porcelain veneers may provide you a viable option. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience.

Porcelain veneers are very successful in situations where the original tooth has developed poor color and shape. In addition, it is a good choice for fractured teeth, gapping, and shifted positioning. It is also possible veneers can correct minor bite-related problems. Patients whose teeth resisted whitening treatments in the past may strongly consider veneers as well.

Veneers offer several benefits. First and foremost, veneers are created on a per patient basis. This means personal needs and wishes are prioritized. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee stains, tea stains and cigarette smoke. Finally, veneers allow your natural teeth to remain largely intact with only minimal alterations required.

To begin the process, a patient must pinpoint the most prevalent problems and then plan a course of action. The dentist may create a diagnostic mock-up that will allow the patient to “try on” veneers to assess if the presumed end result will be as desired. This may also occur in a predictive photo form, called cosmetic imaging. Once approved, veneers require about a week for creation. Behind the ceramic layer, the veneer has an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually accounting for less than a millimeter. This is essential, as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit in the mouth most accurately. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer. The resin is hardened using a special curing light. The bond between the original tooth and the porcelain veneer is critical for ideal function, as well as a smooth aesthetic.

Once the porcelain veneers are attached, the patient might initially have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel. This disappears within a few days. After the installation, veneers are to be treated the same as natural teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. One week post-procedure, a follow-up visit is required so the dentist can evaluate how the mouth is reacting to the veneers. The irreversibility of veneers should be noted. While minor adjustments are possible, the treatment can never be “undone” because a portion of the natural tooth is effectively removed.

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