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If your teeth are stained, broken, or shaped in a way that s not pleasing to you, then you may want to consider porcelain laminate veneers to enhance your smile. Veneers are very thin coverings that are custom made from porcelain for concealing the surfaces of your teeth. They can make uneven teeth even. They can make stained teeth appear white, fill in gaps between teeth, and make broken teeth appear whole. Even though veneers are a thin covering, they are relatively strong and durable and will generally not need to be replaced for 4 to 10 years.



Porcelain Veeners


How are Veneers Applied?

Applying veneers is a 2-visit procedure. During your first visit, your teeth will be prepared for the application of veneers by the removal of a very thin layer of enamel. A mold of your teeth will also be taken in order for the veneers to be custom made for your mouth. Your second visit will generally last longer than your first. The veneers are than applied to your teeth with a light sensitive liquid adhesive that is the color of your natural teeth. A bonding light dries and hardens the adhesive. Next, your veneers are polished to blend with your other teeth. About one week after you have your veneers, you will need to have an evaluation visit to ensure that your veneers are properly placed.


Do Veneers Need Special Care?

You should care for your veneers just as you would you natural teeth. You should not bite on anything hard that may damage or bend your veneers, especially nail biting. You may also experience some sensitivity to hot and cold, which usually subsides within two weeks.


Are Veneers Right For You?

Veneers could be the choice if you would like to esthetically improve your smile due to discolored, broken, or oddly shaped teeth. Those who have bite problems or have a tendency to grind their teeth will probably not be good candidates for veneers because the veneers may break. If you choose them, porcelain laminate veneers could give you a beautiful smile for many years.