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Improving Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

If you have stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth or just want to improve your smile, talk to an experienced cosmetic dentist about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front and sides of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are made of a hard, translucent porcelain material that looks just like tooth enamel, but is more durable and resistant to staining. Once they are bonded to your teeth, porcelain veneers are very durable, typically lasting anywhere from 10 to 30 years.

The primary purpose of porcelain veneers is to create a beautiful smile. They are a very versatile solution to many cosmetic dental issues. They have been called “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to create the appearance of straight teeth rather than using orthodontics. Unlike orthodontics that canbe uncomfortable and take years to correct misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers can be installed in two or three visits to the dentist with little discomfort. If your teeth are severely misaligned, porcelain veneers might not be appropriate for you so be sure to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist.

Porcelain veneers are especially well suited for improving the look of teeth that are stained, chipped, or otherwise flawed. They can restore chipped teeth, cover stained or yellowed teeth, hide imperfections, fill gaps between teeth, and extend short or worn teeth.

Installing porcelain veneers usually only involves two or three dental visits. Your cosmetic dentist will first prepare the surface of your teeth to accept the porcelain veneers, then take impressions so that the veneers can be made. Temporary veneers will be installed until the permanent veneers are ready. Your dentist will then remove the temporary veneers and permanently bond the new porcelain veneers to your teeth.

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