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Veneers can give you a beautiful, natural-looking, and permanently white smile that you've always dreamed of. Not only are they used for cosmetic purposes, but veneers can be used on teeth that are stained, chipped, misshapen or decayed. They are made by a lab technician and a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed during the process. Veneers should be replaced every 10 years but the lifespan varies depending on oral health and tooth health.
What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?
Veneers are similar to crowns except they do not cover the entire tooth. Veneers cover the front portion of a tooth as well as just a couple of millimeters of the back portion of a tooth. They are also much thinner than crowns so less tooth structure is removed to place them.
Am I A Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Wanting a smile that is symmetrical, whiter or a more beautiful smile
Yellow or stained teeth
Teeth that are too large or small
What is the procedure like?
The procedure requires only 2 visits.
Your First Visit
A shade, or color, is first taken to make sure that the right color is chosen for your tooth. Next, an impression is taken in order to make your temporary veneer (which will stay on your tooth until you come in for the second visit). The tooth is then numbed by the dentist and a small amount of tooth structure is removed. An impression is taken and is sent to a lab. Your temporary veneer is then placed on the tooth.
Your Second Visit
At your second visit, the veneer will be tried on and adjusted if needed. Your veneer will then be cemented on your tooth using a special type of bonding cement. Follow-up care will be given to you to ensure that your veneers lasts as long possible.