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Have you always wanted to have the first thing that people notice about you be that healthy, radiant, dazzling, bright white smile?  With dental veneers, you can design the teeth that you have always dreamed about, improving your smile and making you feel more confident.

Dental veneers are a thin, translucent coating made out of porcelain or resin. They are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve your teeth color, size or shape. Dental Veneers can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted by making the teeth look straighter for a more pleasing alignment.

What is a Veneer?

A veneer is an extremely natural looking dental restoration that covers the outside or visible surface of teeth. It is cemented into place and cannot be taken off.

What material is in a Veneer?

Veneers are made of very thin tooth-colored porcelain

What are the benefits of having a Veneer?

Veneers restore teeth to their ideal size, shape and color.

What are the risks of having a Veneer?

In having a veneer, some inherent risks exist both to the tooth and to the veneer itself. The risks to the tooth are:

– Preparation for an veneer permanently alters the tooth underneath the veneer

– If the cement seal at the edge of the veneer is lost, decay may form at the juncture of the veneer and tooth

– Preparing for and placing a veneer can irritate the tooth and cause “post-operative” sensitivity which may last for up to 3 months

– Teeth which have had veneers may need root canal treatment less than 1% of the time during the lifetime of the tooth

The risks to the veneer are:

– Porcelain may chip over time

– If the tooth needs a root canal after the veneer is permanently cemented, the procedure may fracture the veneer and the veneer may need to be replaced

What are the alternatives to Veneers?

Alternatives to placing a veneer are to either leave the tooth as is or to place a composite restoration. Composite restorations remove decay and may restore teeth to their original form but are limited because they do not improve the aesthetics of teeth as well a veneer

How can an existing bite affect a Veneer

Excessive bite forces may lead to the veneer chipping or breaking

Are there any post treatment limitations once I have a Veneer? 

Porcelain on a veneer may have a good color match with adjacent natural teeth when the veneer is placed but less of a match as your natural teeth age. A veneer may chip or break if used for abnormal activities (e.g. biting fishing line, sewing thread, biting finger nails, opening bottles)