Patient Education

Veneer (Laminate Veneer)

Dental Veneers are an excellent cosmetic remedy for a variety of dental conditions that affect the appearance of the front teeth. Durable and color-stable, veneers are, in many cases, the perfect way to restore the natural function and beauty of your teeth, so you can smile with confidence.

Veneers, usually fabricated from porcelain, are a thin, semi-translucent “shell,” custom made to fit precisely over an existing tooth. They are permanently bonded, held in place by a special resin that adhere the back of the veneer to the front of the tooth. The finished result is extremely strong and durable. Though veneers are not suitable for every patient, they are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions affecting the front teeth, including:

Closing diastemas (spaces between the teeth)
Restoring broken or chipped teeth
Covering unsightly, stained or washed-out fillings
Whitening permanently stained or discolored teeth
Correcting uneven or crooked teeth
When your smile is disfigured by decay, abrasion, chipping, breakage or imperfect development, our goal is to restore its natural beauty so you can smile with confidence. At one time, resin fillings or crowns were the only available treatment for the above types of conditions. Today, a third alternative is available-one with proven results.

There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers applied to your front teeth. These may included any or all of the following considerations:

Only a small amount of natural tooth structure (if any) is removed during the procedure. A healthy, natural look is achieved with little or no discomfort. Veneers are often less expensive than alternative procedures. Veneers are strong, durable and color-stable. A composite resin filling is used when only a small amount of tooth structure needs replacing or repair. A full crown is indicated when a tooth has had root canal treatment of when a substantial amount of the entire tooth structure (enamel) has been lost. A porcelain veneer is indicated when a portion of the front surface of a tooth needs a "face left."

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