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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a quick way to achieve a beautiful smile and this treatment is perfect for people with teeth that are stained, chipped or have gaps. But veneers are an irreversible treatment, so placing them involves a big decision. Before the person and the dentist decide if the procedure is right for that person, it is important to have the correct information about veneers, the cost and the best way to care for them.

What are venners?

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a veneer is a "thin piece of porcelain used to recreate the natural appearance of teeth while providing strength and elasticity comparable to natural tooth enamel." They are shaped to follow the contours of the teeth and bonded to natural enamel during various in-office procedures.

Why are veneers used in dentistry?

Veneers are a less invasive option than crowns or braces. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, veneers can be used to close spaces or correct minor misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance their teeth's shine and enhance their smile by correcting issues such as discoloration, fractures or chips.

porcelain veneers

The most common material used for veneers are porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers.

Placement of veneers

The typical process involves one or two consultations depending on the number of venners to be performed. Let's focus on highlighting the placement of the porcelain veneer performed with the Cerec CAD/CAM system:

Local anesthesia is not always necessary for veneers. However, depending on the patient's sensitivity, it can be used if necessary. The dentist will clean the tooth and determine the correct shape for the veneer. He will remove a very small amount of enamel to provide space for the veneer to be placed on the tooth.

An intra-oral scan of the teeth is made to make porcelain veneers and a temporary veneer is placed on the teeth.

When the veneers are ready, the temporary veneer will be removed and the tooth cleaned with pumice and water. The veneer will receive a surface treatment, washed thoroughly with water and dried. Adhesive is placed on the preparation and then the cement and veneer are placed for the correct fit and contour.

Next, the veneer is treated for 60 seconds with light on its entire surface for bonding to the tooth structure.

The dentist will remove excess material and polish the veneer margins.

Many dentists schedule follow-up appointments to check for comfort; a comfortable veneer will last for a long time.

Caring for veneers

Brush and floss as you would your regular teeth. Properly brush your teeth daily and use fluoride toothpaste.

Keep in mind that veneers will have to be replaced at some point, regardless of how well you care for them. But oral hygiene will help extend its lifespan for many years.

If you decide on veneers, you should consult your dentist and make sure you understand the entire process and cost. A beautiful smile makes a person feel better and can boost confidence and well-being.

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