Our teeth can stand up to a lot of abuse, regardless of whether the battering is intentional or accidental. Over time, those issues can dim your smile and throw its symmetry off. However, porcelain veneers can cover imperfections of various sizes to restore your smile to its former beauty or even take it to new heights. Take a look at how veneers work and learn how they can improve your smile.
How They Can Enhance Your Smile
In a way, they’re like custom screen protectors for a smartphone. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that can be custom fitted to cover the visible surfaces of any of your teeth.
Here are some fast facts about porcelain veneers:
- They can hide cracks, stains and chips on your teeth
- They can be used on as many or as few teeth as you desire
- They can make mildly crooked teeth look straight
- They’re stain-resistant. They’re also resistant to teeth whitening, so you may want to discuss teeth whitening with your dentist before committing to veneers.
How Veneers Work
At the start of your procedure, you’ll be given a dose of a local anesthetic to numb any discomfort you might otherwise experience during the procedure. From there, your dentist will shave off a very thin layer of enamel, leaving the shaved surface a bit rough in texture in order to help the veneers adhere to the tooth or teeth long-term.
Your dental staff will then take impressions of your teeth and have your veneers custom fabricated for your tooth or teeth. Your dentist will apply temporary veneers on your teeth, until your permanent veneers have been made. Once they’ve been fabricated, your permanent veneers will be bonded to your teeth with dental cement.
Just like that, you’ve got a brighter smile. And those teeth that once made you a little self-conscious, or a lot, are hidden behind beautiful, lifelike veneers.
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