A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is placed over the tooth’s surface to improve the tooth’s attractiveness in terms of alignment, shape or color. They are used for fixing teeth that are significantly discolored, pitted, malformed, chipped or crooked, or if there are unwanted spaces.
A great effect can be obtained with a veneer and minimal tooth preparation is required, they don’t require the removal of much tooth structure. Your tooth color is matched using a shade guide and your teeth are prepared by removing 0.3 to 0.5 mm of enamel to allow room for the veneer layer. An impression of the teeth is then cast and sent to a master ceramist to create the veneers. The veneers are then permanently attached to the teeth with a special dental cement. This cement is then hardened with a blue curing light and polished to a natural, aesthetic smile
Many people wonder if they're actually a candidate for porcelain veneers. If you have teeth, chances are you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ideal for people who want to improve their smile. Popular reasons include worn teeth, uneven teeth, discolored teeth, crooked teeth, chipped/broken teeth, or a desire to have a gorgeous smile. Porcelain veneers are a conservative treatment, and can improve the color, shape, symmetry and overall appearance of your smile.
Porcelain veneers are not just for elective purposes. While they are the “gold standard” treatment for improving your smile, they are also used to replace old mercury fillings, fix cracked and broken teeth, and replace enamel that has been worn down over time. Many people come to New England Dental Care to fix broken and unhealthy teeth. And because we have so much skill and experience using porcelain veneers, our patients get their teeth fixed AND a major smile improvement as an added benefit.
Another common question is, "Well, how long do they last?" With proper home care and a bite guard, they should last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. Like most things we have in life, the better we take care of them, the longer they will last. That being said, veneers should be an enhancement to your life, not a limitation.
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