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What You Should Know About Dental Veneers

If you are not satisfied with the look of your smile, you should know about the benefits of dental veneers which are thin porcelain shells that are used by cosmetic dentists to solve a variety of cosmetic dental issues such as misaligned, discolored, or misshapen teeth.  Porcelain veneers are a translucent tooth colored material that look like natural, pearly white teeth and the best part is that you can have a great looking smile with dental veneers in just a few visits to your cosmetic dentist.

If you teeth are healthy and in good condition but cosmetically imperfect, you are probably a good candidate for dental veneers.  At your initial appointment, your dentist will confirm whether or not dental veneers would be a good choice for you.  Placement of dental veneers requires that a layer of enamel be removed from the surface of your natural teeth to allow the veneer to fit properly and look natural.  Once veneers have been placed, you cannot simply have them removed.  You will always need to have veneers, a cap, or some other dental restoration to protect the tooth.

Veneers can be done in about two appointments.  At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the surface of your teeth and take impressions that will be used to custom make your veneers in the lab.  A few weeks later, you will return to your dentist to have the completed veneers bonded in place.  When you leave the dentist’s office that day, you will have a bright new attractive smile!

With ordinary care, your new veneers will last about ten years before they will need to be replaced.  Keep this in mind because veneers can be a little expensive and are usually not covered by insurance.  Talk to your cosmetic dentist to see if dental veneers are right for you and you could be enjoying a beautiful new smile in just a few weeks.

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