Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Are Veneers?

This morning I asked my team what patients were asking about. One of the things people have been asking about lately are veneers. They typically ask what they are and how they work.

Ok, this will be a short and sweet blog.

A single porcelain veneer
Veneers are simply thin shells of porcelain or resin that are bonded to the existing teeth.

The original purpose of veneers was to change the appearance of actors in movies in the early 80's. The earliest veneers were bonded with denture adhesive and would become displaced within a short period of time. These were only temporary. Veneers have come a long way. We now bond them with a permanent cement.

The purpose of veneers now are to enhance the appearance of damaged, worn or discolored teeth. Initially, it seems that only actors were enhancing their smiles. Now, it is very much mainstream.

There are numerous indications for this service. For example, teeth that have spaces in between; teeth that are crooked; teeth that are worn; teeth that are discolored; teeth that are fractured; teeth that are simply unaesthetic.
A single tooth can be restored if it is discolored or damaged. In makeover cases multiple teeth are restored. We often restore all of the visible teeth.

The Power of an attractive smile and benefits are numerous. If you feel you can benefit from veneers, seek dentists that do a bunch of them. Much skill is required to make them look fantastic and natural.

Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit www.advanced-smiles.com


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