What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of your teeth.

Veneers are an excellent alternative to dental crowns in many situations.

What Happens During The Procedure?

To prepare teeth for veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic.

Composite resin veneers are generally done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth.

For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This may take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a temporary veneer can be placed, at an additional cost.

Veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. Nevertheless, this cosmetic dental procedure can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten self-esteem.

From: http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=C&iid=300&aid=1201

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