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Porcelain Veneers

One of the most publicized cosmetic dental procedures available today is that of porcelain veneers. Dental veneers allow smiles to be completely made over like the Hollywood movie stars that you see on television. There is no need for other treatments like braces or crowns. The veneer actually creates the appearance of whiter, straighter teeth.

Placed on the front surface of the tooth similar to an artificial nail, the shape and shade of the veneer transforms the entire appearance of the tooth. Normally several veneers are used in order to improve the overall smile, but single veneers may be used when there is just one tooth that may need cosmetic improvement. An example may be a rotated or discolored tooth.

Veneers often require little to no tooth preparation for them to be placed. Other types of treatment like crowns require tremendous amounts of tooth preparation. Porcelain veneers are minimally invasive so that if one were to ever come off there would not be a noticeable change in the tooth below it.

There is no need to whiten when you have veneers, because the all porcelain material holds the same shade for the entire life of the veneer. While it can gather some surface stain, your hygienist or dentist can easily polish this off.  Also, there is no metal base used in a veneer so that means there is no risk of a thin silver line around the gumline as is sometimes seen with certain types of crowns.

Not everyone is a candidate for veneers. If you have been thinking of a smile makeover but don’t want to endure lengthy orthodontic work, contact your dentist for a consultation about how dental veneers can change your smile completely.

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