Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of your teeth. Made of tooth colored materials, veneers are used to fill spaces, cover shaped or stained teeth, or even slightly crooked teeth. They may also cover teeth that are chipped or worn. Veneers are available in porcelain and are custom made in a laboratory. Porcelain dental veneers may require the “shaping” or “prepping” of all teeth being treated. We first recommend teeth whitening to people with mildly discolored teeth who want a whiter and brighter smile because it is the least invasive cosmetic dentistry option. If crooked teeth or alignment issues are involved, whitening also may be combined with orthodontic treatments. The dental veneer procedure can often be completed in two dental visits over the course of six weeks. The visits are comprehensive and may require several hours of examination and tooth preparation. Care must be taken not to abuse veneers because the thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or break. You may be advised against certain uses or dietary tendencies (such as eating carrots) and may recommend you wear a protective appliance while sleeping, especially if you grind your teeth.
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