Veneers are small slivers of porcelain, ceramic, or hard plastic that are bonded to the surface of a patient's teeth. They can be manufactured to whiten an existing tooth, correct its shape, or increase its size. Veneers are also used to close large gaps between teeth and make them appear more symmetrical. Veneers can correct many cosmetic problems that cause the teeth to look abnormal or out of place. Dentists can create veneers that are the exact same color as the teeth next to where they are being placed making a person's smile look as natural as possible.
Patients who have abnormally small teeth or teeth that are oddly shaped are excellent candidates for veneers. They are also beneficial for closing gaps between teeth or making teeth look more symmetrical. Veneers are bonded directly to the surface of a tooth, so they do not alter the structure of the mouth or change a person's bite pattern. They will not affect a person's speech, nor will they detract from the look of the teeth. Because they can be made in almost any shape or size, they can be attached to both the front ant the back of the teeth. They are created to exactly match the color of the teeth next to where they are being placed and will not stand out or draw attention to the area.
There are a few contraindications to the use of veneers. Veneers are designed to be permanent. Once they are in place, they are difficult to remove. If they are removed, they must be replaced with something else to protect the tooth and prevent it from damage. For veneers to be firmly attached to the tooth, a large amount of the delicate, surface enamel must first be removed. The bonding material used to attach the veneer to the surface of the tooth, will not adhere to the enamel. After it has been removed, the bonding agent is applied and the veneer put in place. Over time, the veneers can begin to show signs of wear and tear. When this occurs, new veneers are normally put in place.
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