A dental veneer, also called a laminate, is a wafer thin shell of porcelain that is directly bonded to the front of a tooth’s surface to correct a wide range of flaws. Each porcelain laminate is tinted to match a patient’s natural teeth and custom-crafted to fit his or her smile.
Veneers offer protection and can dramatically improve the appearance of an individual’s smile. Among the flaws these coverings can correct are:
Veneers are not suitable for teeth with excessive decay. In such cases, porcelain crowns are a better solution.
The procedure typically entails three visits to Dr. Dani’s office and is not painful at all. A local anesthetic can be administered to numb the area as the tooth is prepared for the veneer. Preparing the tooth requires removing about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the surface. This is the same thickness that the veneer will add to the tooth’s surface.
Every patient is different. But for most, veneers last between 10 and 15 years.
Veneers are an excellent solution for many cosmetic dental issues. They look completely natural and can dramatically improve a patient’s appearance without surgery. Unlike crowns, with veneers, a patient’s natural teeth remain largely intact. Only a minimal amount of enamel is removed in order to fit the veneer. This treatment is also painless and the recovery time is minimal. An extra benefit: Unlike natural teeth porcelain veneers are stain resistant. This helps keep them white and bright, even for patients who drink coffee, tea or red wine.
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