Flawless Teeth With Porcelain Veneers

Most smile makeovers you see on television are created using porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are custom designed to fit on the front of your tooth. Veneers are made to resemble real teeth in size, shape, and color and are bonded to misaligned, damaged, or discolored teeth to improve their appearance. They can make a dramatic change in the appearance of your smile, and typically last longer than another common cosmetic dental technique known as bonding.

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FAQs About Veneers—the Permanent Tooth-whitening Solution

Q: How can porcelain veneers help my smile?
Porcelain veneers improve your smile by correcting a multitude of cosmetic concerns, including gaps in teeth; chipped and broken teeth; dull or yellowing teeth that cannot be whitened by traditional means; “gummy smiles” (showing too much gum when one smiles); and crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers broaden, straighten, whiten, and beautify almost any smile. Veneers can be done in as little as two clinical visits. Many of our patients feel like this was the best improvement that could have been done for their overall confidence.
Q: Are veneers permanent?
Yes. To apply the veneers to your teeth, a small amount of enamel is removed first. The veneers are bonded to your tooth structure, which seals out harmful bacteria and food particles.
Q: How long do veneers last?
The answer to that greatly depends on you and your habits. Those with meticulous dental hygiene habits (brushing, flossing, rinsing, visiting the dentist biannually) will get more life out of their veneers. The conservative average lifespan of a porcelain veneer is 10 years, but veneers can last much longer in many cases with careful maintenance.
Q: Am I a good candidate for veneers?
A dental evaluation by Dr. Harrison will answer that question. Those who have a habit of using their teeth as tools or who grind their teeth are not ideal candidates for veneers because of the risk of breaking the veneer.
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