Dental veneers can whiten your teeth

2010 October 25
by Asha Sood

Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells that are used to cover the front teeth. If your teeth are discoloured due to root canal treatment or any other reason, this is a great way of treating them. With the help of dental veneers, a person can change the size, colour, length and shape of their teeth.

They are frequently used to fix teeth that are chipped, broken, worn down or misaligned and also to close the spaces between a person’s teeth. Dental veneers are known to last for about 5 to 10 years.

Porcelain and resin are the two composite materials that are used to make dental veneers. However, porcelain veneers are considered to be better than resin veneers as they can resist stains better. It may take several visits to the dentist in order to get fitted with dental veneers as x-rays and impressions of a person’s mouth may be required during the process.

To set up a tooth for a veneer, about half a millimetre of enamel will be removed from your tooth’s surface. After that, the surgeon may make a replica or impression of your tooth. It is then sent to a dental laboratory where the veneer is constructed. These veneers are checked to see if they fit your teeth right and to ensure that they match the colour of your teeth. Once everything in place, they are cemented to your teeth permanently.

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