Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What Are Porcelain Veneers and Why Are They Used?

Porcelain veneers are very thin layers of ceramic material that are used to improve the look of a patient's smile. These ultra-thin layers are bonded to the front tooth surface in an effort to protect or restore the tooth (or teeth) while maintaining a natural appearance.

Porcelain veneers can be used for a number of reasons. They can improve the appearance of discolored teeth, fix teeth that are chipped or broken, give a more natural appearance to teeth that are misshapen or misaligned and can even help close gaps between teeth.

The process of applying porcelain veneers involves several steps. First, the outer enamel of the tooth is shaved off to create a surface suitable for the bonding process. An impression of the tooth (or teeth) is then taken with special putty and the mold is then sent to a laboratory. The lab will fabricate the veneer to match the mold. The new veneer will be inspected to make sure it fits; sometimes veneers must be trimmed to help it fit perfectly. Finally, the dentist will bond the veneer to the outer tooth surface using a special adhesive material.

For more information on porcelain veneers, visit our Treatments page or give us a call at 919-782-0548.

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