Your dental professional will recommend veneers if your teeth have minor abnormalities or imperfections, but are otherwise healthy and secure within your jaw. Veneers can be used to cover:
Veneers can be placed on the front and back of teeth, providing a more natural appearance. The material used to make the veneer can be tinted to match the exact color of your other teeth. Your dental provider will discuss your options with you and explain both the benefits as well as the drawbacks of having veneers.
Your dental provider will thoroughly examine your teeth and create veneers in the exact size and shape desired. Once the veneers are ready, the provider will gently remove the enamel that covers your teeth, by sanding it away. This creates a rough surface for the bonding agent to adhere.
Once the surface of your tooth is ready, the bonding agent will be applied and the veneer put in place. Your dental professional will use a special light or other devices to cure the bonding agent, firmly attaching the veneer to the surface of your tooth. Once the veneer is securely in place, it can be treated just like your other teeth.
Veneers are designed to be permanent additions to your teeth. During the preparation, the enamel of your teeth is removed to provide a rough surface for the bonding agent. Once the enamel is gone, it can't be restored. It doesn't grow back, and there isn't any other substance that can be applied to the teeth to protect them.
If a veneer breaks or is damaged, it's imperative that you notify your dental professional immediately so it can be sufficiently prepared. This protects the inside of your tooth from infection and decay. Your dental provider will thoroughly examine your teeth, especially those with veneers, at your annual check-up. This allows the provider to make any necessary repairs before your teeth become damaged in any way.
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