Dental veneers can be made out of different materials, however the strongest choice is the use of porcelain. These veneers are designed to look as natural as possible while providing strength and durability. The front surfaces of teeth are covered by veneers and they are typically used to address issues of chipping, cracking, discoloration, uneven edges, stains, pits, gaps, and correcting teeth which appear smaller than those around them. They can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth which are crooked.
Initially, a small layer of the affected tooth must be shaved down to make room for the veneer. This process helps the veneer to adhere securely and fit next to the surrounding teeth without overlapping. In order to make the veneer an impression will be made of the affected tooth and a lab will fabricate to match the impression. A temporary veneer can be worn while the patient is waiting for the permanent veneer to be delivered. During the second visit, the permanent veneer is adhered to the person’s tooth using a strong adhesive or bonding agent. To ensure the veneer looks like a natural tooth it will be buffed. This helps to create a smooth finish and helps the veneer line up with the teeth next to it.
Both options hold their own unique advantages. Cosmetic bonding can be performed in one visit typically and is usually less costly. However, bonding resins will not be as durable as porcelain veneers and they will be more prone to become damaged and discolored. Aesthetically, porcelain veneers look more natural than cosmetic bonding because they can be tinted to match the surrounding teeth and the material itself looks more like a tooth. Which treatment will be the best option for you will depend on your unique situation. The doctor will go over all the options with you to ensure you choose what’s best.
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