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What Are Veneers And Who Are They For?

If you have broken, chipped or cracked teeth, your dentist might recommend veneers to smooth out the damage. Or if you’re simply looking for a great grin and a confidence boost, veneers can definitely assist with that too.

What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells attached to the front part of the teeth. Typically, there are two types: composite resin and porcelain.

How Are They Applied?
Composite resin veneers are applied in layers. After the last layer of composite resin is hardened, your dentist shapes and polishes it. Your veneer should look natural and smooth – just like the rest of your mouth. Composite resin veneers may be completed in just one dental clinic visit.

Porcelain veneers are made just for you. Your dentist will take a mold of your mouth to customize your veneers for your teeth. While you’re waiting for your veneers to be ready, your dentist will likely give you a temporary set – which must be treated very delicately. On your next visit, your dentist will use an adhesive to apply the porcelain veneers, one tooth at a time.

What Is The Difference Between Composite Resin and Porcelain?
Many people like composite resin veneers because they can be applied in a single visit. This type of veneer costs less than porcelain. On the other hand, they are more fragile than porcelain veneers, meaning that they’re more prone to chipping and thus may require more maintenance. Also, composite veneers do not have colour stability, unlike porcelain veneers which will not change colour over time.

Book A Consult
Your dentist might not suggest veneers for a few reasons, mostly to do with the health of your teeth. For example, people with advanced tooth decay and gum disease will most likely not a good candidate, nor will people who grind their teeth while they sleep (also known as bruxism). But if you have a generally healthy smile, veneers may be the solution for a chipped or cracked tooth. Book an appointment today and start discussing your options.

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