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Veneers

Dental veneers (sometimes called “dental porcelain laminates”) are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials.  They are designed to cover the front surface of teeth and improve their appearance and/or repair damage.

Porcelain veneers are made of ceramic material by a dental laboratory based on a model provided by your dentist.  They are bonded to the front of your teeth to change their color, shape, size or length.

For what conditions might dental veneers be considered?

  1. Repair chipped or cracked teeth
  2. Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  3. Close spaces between teeth
  4. Restore unevenly worn teeth
  5. Make teeth look longer
  6. Change the shape of teeth

What are the advantages and disadvantages of veneers?

Advantages:

Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing the color and shape of a tooth.  They require less tooth structure removal than crowns do and last longer than cosmetic bonding does.

Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, provide a more natural tooth appearance and can last anywhere from ten to fifteen years.  Other than proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis, there is no need for additional maintenance with this type of veneer.

Disadvantages:

Veneers cost much more than composite resin bonding.  They are not as strong as crowns, as they can chip or crack more easily.  Veneers cannot be used for teeth with extensive structural damage.  In addition, veneers are not recommended for individuals with active periodontal disease, weakened teeth or for teeth that have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface.  Teeth grinding or clenching can cause the veneers to crack or chip.  Therefore, this procedure should not be used if a patient is affected with bruxism.

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