Dental veneers are probably the quickest and most effective way to achieve that perfect smile that so many aspire to have. It is no wonder, then, that they are often sought out by actors, models and others who are especially conscientious about their appearance.
But what are veneers, anyhow? Following are some common questions and answers about porcelain dental veneers.
What are they exactly?
A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the tooth with adhesive, and designed to enhance the appearance of the tooth and smile. It is usually a procedure done by a dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry.
What kinds of problems do veneers fix?
Veneers are designed to cosmetically enhance the smile. That said, they can cover badly stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth or gaps in the teeth. What they won’t do is stop tooth decay or other diseases of the mouth.
How are dental veneers applied?
After the dentist has done a thorough evaluation of your teeth and corrected any problems such as cavities, he will take then take a photo or x-ray of your mouth and begin work on creating your veneer. Each veneer is a work of art, really, because it is fine tuned to match your teeth, while enhancing your smile cosmetically.
On the second visit, the dentist will apply the veneer with a special long-lasting adhesive after first removing a small amount of the tooth enamel.
How long do they last?
If cared for properly, dental veneers can last 15 years to a lifetime. They require the same care as natural teeth, but can be damaged by excessive abrasion.
Are they expensive?
It depends on how extensively they are used in the mouth, but generally speaking veneers are among the most expensive dental procedure there is, even more expensive than braces. This is due to their durability and the precision with which they are made.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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