A dental veneer is an ultra thin (usually around the thickness of a contact lens) piece of custom made porcelain created in the shape, color, and size of the existing tooth. The dental veneer will be attached to the front of the damaged tooth with a cement made specifically for dental purposes. The veneer blends in to look like a natural tooth since it was created based on a mold of the mouth. Veneers are created to be the same shade of white as the other teeth in your mouth so that it looks completely natural.
Veneers are most often used in cases of chipped teeth, broken teeth, and severely discolored teeth that dental teeth whitening will not work for. Veneers can also be used to actually make structural changes to the smile. They are sometimes used to close gaps between the front teeth, for example. In some cases, veneers can even correct minor teeth alignment issues.
Dental veneers last for at least ten years, and in many patients they last twice that long. Therefore, they are classified as a long-term treatment rather than a permanent one. Tooth enamel can become somewhat worn over time, and the porcelain veneers will experience the same rate of wear as genuine tooth enamel. Veneers that are treated properly and checked by the dentist regularly will have the maximum possible lifespan.
Use caution when eating very hard foods like raw carrots, and avoid chewing on ice. Very hard foods can put pressure on the porcelain veneer, and an excess of pressure could cause cracking. Continue a regular daily brushing and flossing routine, but avoid using alcohol-based mouthwashes. The alcohol can cause dulling of the veneer and may cause the dental cement to weaken. You may need to increase the number of teeth cleanings that you get each year, so be sure to ask the dentist if you need to add one or two extra cleanings to your yearly dental plan.
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