What Are Veneers?

Can you please also explain the meaning of "porcelain" veneers.  Is that what veneers are made from? 

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Porcelain Veneers for Smile Makeovers

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Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded over front teeth to correct a wide variety of aesthetic issues.  They can be used to correct spaces between teeth, crowded teeth, discolored teeth, and a variety of other issues.  They are the restoration of choice in smile makeovers and when performed correctly can dramatically enhance your smile in two visits.  Most people look 10-15 years younger after having their smile makeover.  

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded over...

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Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded over the front and sides of a tooth. The bond is extremely strong and should not come off very easily. It normally takes 2-3 visits (in a matter of 3-6 weeks total) to get them done well.

Since the bonded porcelain is strong, veneers can alter the appearance of a smile in ways that were impossible just a short time ago. Veneers can close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or make them appear whiter than ever before.

If done in an experienced and trained dental office, they often have several shades blended in for a natural look. If they appear "monochromatic," where they are just one color or shade, then the skill or experience of the dentist may come into question.

Veneers are the heart of a new smile

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Veneers are thin porcelain shields which are cemented on teeth. They have all the natural translucency and depth of color as material enamel. They glisten and reflect light looking like the patient was born with them.

Benjamin S. Fiss, DDS
Chicago Dentist

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More people should consider Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain about the thickness of an eggshell that are bonded to a tooth to change the shape, size or color of a tooth. It is done in 2 visits about a week apart.

They can be truly amazing! I have many patients who have contemplated plastic surgery until they did their veneers. In many cases Porcelain Veneers can make you look years younger. As you start to look at people's teeth you will wonder why more people don't do it.

Porcelain Veneers for improving your smile

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Porcelain Veneers are a technique we (cosmetic dentists) use to improve/perfect your smile. Depending on what is 'wrong' with your smile, porcelain veneers may be a good solution for you...and you'll start smiling a LOT more!

Veneers for aesthetic reasons.

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Porcelain Veneers are a thin porcelain layer that is bonded to the front of the teeth and changes its color, shape or size. Veneers are made or translucid porcelain, creating a natural looking effect in your teeth.
eneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing and chips or cracks.

In addition to being esthetically beautiful, veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth.

What is a Porcelain Veneer

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A porcelain veneer is like a fake fingernail.  It goes over the front of your tooth and is bonded on.  There are many techniques that are used to make them look and fit well.  The newer porcelain veneers can be made very thin and are yet very strong.  Liken this to a floor tile.  You can break the tile if you are holding it, but if it is cemented to the floor you can jump on it and it will not break.. Skilled dentists and their ceramist can design veneers that can change colors, close spaces, whiten teeth, correct crooked teeth, and chipped teeth.  Veneers are much more conservative than doing crowns on teeth. 

Porcelain veneers can be used on single or multiple teeth.

Ronald Konig DDS
Houston Dentist

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