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Cosmetic Dentistry

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Porcelain Veneers

Gaps in your teeth or teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked can now be easily fixed. A veneer placed on the tooth can correct nature’s misalignment or the results of an injury. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. This is an irreversible process as it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.

A porcelain veneer requires two appointments to complete. At the first appointment, your teeth are prepared and an impression is made of them. Temporary veneers are made out of plastic and placed on your teeth. They are used to protect your teeth while the porcelain veneers are being fabricated in a dental laboratory. The temporary veneers also allow you the time to evaluate the look and feel of your teeth so that any changes you desire can be incorporated into the final product. At the second appointment, the temporary veneers are removed and the porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth. In general, porcelain veneers can be used in a greater variety of situations with a higher level of predictability. Since they are made outside the mouth, the shape and color can be easier to control, thus enhancing the final result.

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Composite Veneers

The major advantage of composite veneers is treatment time. If composite is used, the veneers can be completed in one appointment. The dentist will fabricate the veneer directly on the prepared tooth. The veneer is then smoothed and polished to look like your natural teeth. Since it takes only one appointment, you can leave your dentist’s office with a brand new smile. One of the disadvantages of composite veneers is that they are not as strong as those made of porcelain and may be more prone to fracture. However, if a fracture does occur, they can be easily repaired with the same material that was used to make the veneer. Another disadvantage is that the color, although stable, is not as stable as the same restoration made with porcelain. This means that over time the veneers may get darker or turn yellow due to food stains, etc. Eventually, this change in color may warrant the replacement of the veneers.

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