Veneers are made up of small, extremely thin pieces of porcelain that are shaped to look like a person's teeth. A veneer can be shaped to make a small tooth larger and wider. Veneers can be used to effectively reshape teeth and close large gaps that separate them. Some veneers are made of composite materials, but the majority, however, are made of a high grade of porcelain. Porcelain will last much longer than composite materials and will not discolor or wear away. Dentists often recommend the use of porcelain because of its durability.
Veneers are designed to be permanent mostly because of how they are bonded to the original tooth. To place a veneer on a tooth, the enamel must be sanded off to create a roughened surface. Once the surface has been prepared, the bonding agent is applied and the veneer attached to the tooth. The bonding agent used to attach the veneer to the tooth is extremely strong and is designed to not degrade or deteriorate. If a veneer must be removed, another one is put in its place to cover the unprotected surface of the tooth.
Veneers are used to create a long-term solution to certain problems with a person's teeth. A veneer can be used to cover irregular shaped teeth, teeth that are smaller than normal, and cover spaces between teeth that can distract and disrupt a person's smile. Veneers that are made of porcelain can be pearly white or have a modest amount of color added that allows them to match the surrounding teeth. Veneers can also be used to cover teeth that are extremely stained from cigarettes, tobacco use, alcohol, or the use of certain medications.
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