Ceramic veneers are thin shells of durable ceramic (porcelain) material that can be used to address a wide variety of cosmetic defects, including deep staining or discoloration in the interiors of teeth, gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, cracked and chipped teeth, teeth with worn or uneven edges, and teeth that look too small. Ceramic veneers can be custom-tinted and designed to blend beautifully with your natural teeth, making them a very popular options for patients looking to achieve a beautiful, healthy-looking smile.
Veneers require two office visits to complete. During the first visit, your tooth will be evaluated and a small portion of the surface material will be carefully removed to make room for the veneer. Removing a small portion of the tooth surface will ensure the veneer is level with the surfaces of neighboring teeth once it's applied. An impression will also be made and sent to a dental lab where the veneer will be custom crafted. A temporary veneer may be applied to protect the tooth while you're waiting for the permanent veneer to be made. At the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed and the permanent veneer will be applied using a very strong bonding agent. A final buffing and polishing will ensure the fit is ideal.
Veneers are designed of very strong materials and can be expected to last a decade or even more with proper care.
No, you can care for your veneer as you care for your teeth, with routine brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist to check for any issues with fit or construction. As with your natural teeth, avoid biting ice or hard candies to prevent chips and call the office if any issues develop.
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