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Porcelain veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry where a shell of porcelain that is tooth coloured is placed on your teeth in order to correct the appearance that have worn enamel, to help correct uneven spacing or alignment of the teeth, cover up chips and cracks in the teeth, and improve discolouration. Dental technicians create porcelain veneers in a laboratory, and then fit them to your needs. Here we will explore some additional porcelain veneer information.

Porcelain Veneer Procedure

If your dentist decides that porcelain veneers is a good choice for your situation, the treatment will consist of choosing the length, width, shape, and colour for your restoration. Using a colour chart, your dentist will help you determine the best shade for your porcelain veneers. Your dentist will need to shape and prepare your teeth in order for your veneers to be placed. This involves changing your teeth permanently so the custom-made porcelain veneers will fit.

A model of your teeth will need to be created in order to have them made in a laboratory. The laboratory uses this impression created by your dentist to make a custom-fit set of porcelain veneers. Once the laboratory completes your set, your dentist will attach them using some type of resin cement safe for oral use.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can make the overall appearance of your teeth more aesthetically pleasing. In addition, veneers offer your teeth protection and can help eliminate the need for other costly procedures such as root canals and crowns in the future. Veneers are extremely durable and help strengthen your teeth. Furthermore, the removal of the tooth structure is nonexistent, compared to proceeding with other treatments like a crown.

Other porcelain veneer information that you should be aware of is the cost and insurance coverage provided for this type of dental treatment. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than veneers made of composite, but they will last longer and typically look better. The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on your dentist, where you live and how the procedure is performed, the material being used, and the amount of damage your teeth already have. However, some insurance companies will pay for at least part of the procedure, so it is important to check with your dental insurance company to see the overall cost of the procedure minus insurance payments. Furthermore, the majority of dentists will work on finance so you do not have to pay everything up front.

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