One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures is the placement of porcelain veneers. Patients with yellowed or discolored teeth or moderately misaligned teeth can have an attractive smile using porcelain veneers instead of messy teeth whitening or braces.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are tooth colored and can be shaped to give the appearance of straight white teeth. Placement of veneers can make a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your smile in two to three visits to your cosmetic dentist.
Veneers offer numerous advantages over braces or aligners. With veneers, the results are instantaneous. You will walk out of the dentist’s office with a straight white smile after as few as two visits. In the first visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and prepare the tooth surface to receive the veneer.
Preparation involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel where the veneer will be place. Your dentist will take impressions and X-rays of your teeth so that the veneers can be made to fit. When the veneers are ready, a second appointment will be scheduled during which your cosmetic dentist will bond the veneers permanently to your teeth.
Your attractive new smile will be complete without enduring years of uncomfortable braces or repeated whitening treatments. Because they are porcelain, your veneers will not stain or yellow like natural teeth and they should last about ten years with good care. Properly caring for your veneers requires no special techniques – just brush and floss daily and see your dentist for routine checkups like you would normally do!
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