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What Is a Veneer? How Do They Work?


It is no secret that many people yearn for a perfect “Hollywood” smile. Some people are born with a dazzling set of perfectly straight, dazzling white, teeth, but others (most) need a little help to get the smile of their dreams. There are many ways to correct a not-so-perfect smile, but when it comes to a quick and beautiful solution, veneers are a great, common, and popular choice.

Keep in mind, veneers are considered an irreversible form of treatment, and if that is something that concerns you, be sure to discuss your options thoroughly before making a treatment plan.

If you and your dentist determine that this is the way to go, the procedure is simple and you’ll soon have a smile you’ll be proud to show off.

First- What are Veneers?

Veneers are typically made from porcelain and are custom fabricated in a laboratory to precisely match the look and size of your natural teeth. This is a process that can take up to a week, though some more recent technology is changing this.

Each veneer is made to contour perfectly to your tooth, provide strength and resilience, and be aesthetically pleasing/virtually indecipherable from your natural teeth.

Second- How Do They Work?

Patients may have imperfections in their teeth that they’d like to correct. This could be anything from discoloration to strange shapes and sizes, or damage due to injury. Veneers are most commonly used to correct things like:

  • Fractures, chips, or breaks in the teeth
  • Worn out teeth
  • Misalignments or uneven teeth
  • Large gaps in the teeth

The tooth in question will require approximately 0.5 mm of surface reduction, which means the tooth is slightly “sculpted” to allow space for the veneer to be applied over the top of it without adding any extra mass. The veneer is then bonded in place, making sure that the fit and color are just right. This will create a strong and natural replacement that is durable and looks natural. However, the color of the veneer will not change like your normal teeth do. So keep this in mind, and consider whitening treatments to keep everything looking the same.

Third- Why Choose Veneers?

Having confidence when you smile can have a big impact on all aspects of life. Smiling gives your self-esteem a boost, can positively affect your mood, and is a welcome gesture from friends, family, and strangers. If you feel embarrassed about how your teeth look, you are less likely to share your smile, which can affect your overall wellbeing.

Veneers can turn your frown upside down. Whether you want to change the shape, color, or replace teeth that have become unsightly through decay or injury, veneers can give you a smile you can be proud to show to the world. Feeling positive about your teeth plays a very big part in feeling positive about yourself.

This procedure is easily to access, and more common than you think. It’s not just celebrities that can have this procedure performed. Anyone who’s looking for a way to restore their smile is a potential candidate.

Veneers are a great way to correct a wide range of dental problems. There are a lot of different cosmetic solutions out there, but this one can be done relatively quickly and provide durable results that last for years.

You don’t have to worry about unsightly stains or precarious cracks or breaks anymore. This simple procedure is all it takes to start smiling again.

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