Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front (lip-side) surface of teeth. This procedure can be ideal for improving the appearance of front teeth. Veneers are utilized to mask out discolorations and internal stains, brighten teeth, straighten crooked teeth, fill in gaps between teeth, fix chipped or worn teeth, and generally improve a smile. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even smoke, the wafer-thin veneers achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth.
Porcelain veneers produce a pleasing natural look that is among the most esthetically beautiful restorations currently available. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. Anything that can break a natural tooth can break a dental restoration; this includes veneers. It is not uncommon to see slight variations in color of veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs with natural teeth.
If you have any questions about veneers, Dr. Mahlin would be happy to discuss them with you.
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