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PORCELAIN VENEERS & LAMINATES
Many patients choose to use veneers to mask discolored teeth, improve the brightness and overall appearance of their smile, or to protect a tooth’s surface from damage. A veneer is a thin layer of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material which is bonded to the front of teeth producing a beautiful, natural looking tooth.
By changing the tooth’s color, size, and or shape, veneers can mask undesirable stains or damage. For example, stains formed from tetracycline or damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure could be covered by a veneer. They are also useful for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients who have spaces between their front teeth or teeth that have been chipped or worn down may consider veneers.
In comparison to composite resins, veneers are more durable. Because they have a much more conservative approach, they can also be an attractive alternative to crowns in some cases.
Receiving a veneer requires little or no anesthesia. When the technique is properly performed, veneers usually last for many years.
For more information on dental bridges, refer to this article: Dental Health and Bridges