A veneer is a thin but very durable cover that is applied to the front of a tooth to correct cosmetic defects like gaps between teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, uneven or worn tooth edges, teeth that appear too small, deeply stained teeth and crooked teeth. Veneers are composed of very strong material that can be custom tinted to match your surrounding teeth.
Veneers take two visits to apply. During the first appointment, the surface of the tooth will be prepared for the veneer by removing a small portion of the surface material to make room for the veneer. Then an impression will be made of the tooth and sent to a lab where the veneer will be custom crafted so it blends in with your natural teeth. A temporary veneer may be applied to protect the tooth while the permanent veneer is made. At your second appointment, the temporary veneer will be removed and the tooth surface will be carefully cleaned before the permanent veneer is applied with a strong bonding agent. Finally, the veneer will be buffed for a perfect fit and appearance.
No, you can care for your veneer by brushing it and flossing around the tooth, just as you care for your natural teeth. Seeing the dentist regularly will ensure the veneer remains firmly adhered to the tooth surface.
Veneers are very durable and made to last through many years of normal use. With proper care, including regular brushing, flossing and routine dental visits, you can expect your veneers to last a decade or more. It's also a good idea to avoid chewing ice or hard candy which can damage veneers, just like it can damage your natural teeth.
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