Veneers, What Are They?

Made from tooth-colored materials, veneers cover the front of the teeth to give them a natural look.  Veneers are thin shells placed over the teeth and bonded to them.  This process is irreversible, so when you are having a complete restoration, it is advisable to see mock ups of how these new “teeth” will look before you move forward with the final procedure.  For simply covering a damaged or discolored tooth, the process is very straightforward and requires little preparation.  Your repaired tooth will match your other teeth just as it did before it was damaged.


Why Would Veneers Be Needed?

Veneers are needed when teeth become severely worn or have been damaged in some way from a minor injury which may have chipped or cracked a tooth.  Many people’s teeth are significantly worn by age, and they would like to return their teeth to their original state and veneers are designed to do exactly that.

Of course, for those whose teeth are naturally dark or misshaped, veneers can give them a bright and more natural looking appearance.  This is of particular importance to those who find themselves in careers which make their appearance critical.  Obviously, models and celebrities come to mind, but studies have shown an attractive appearance is helpful to most all people as they interact with others.

How Do I Take Care of Veneers?

Veneers require only that you care for your teeth just as you normally would.  A non-abrasive toothpaste with flouride is normally best and as always, brush at least twice daily and floss daily.  It is also important for you to maintain your normal, regular visits to your dentist.  In addition, if you habitually clinch your teeth, your dentist may prescribe a night guard to protect your veneers.  He or she will do the same to protect your natural teeth as well.



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