In general dentistry, a veneers is a thin layer of porcelain material typically placed over an existing tooth. Veneers are used to improve the looks of a smile, protect the surface of the tooth from decay and fix the damage done to teeth through biting. A veneer may be placed on any one or many teeth in the mouth, depending on the patient’s needs. Veneers are custom-made, so there will be an order for the correct size, shape and color of the veneers. Dentists may also create matching “hue” matching the shade of the veneers to blend in with the color of the teeth.

Veneers are made from porcelain or composite materials that bond with the enamel on the teeth. The material hardens, but will not break down. Veneers require no tooth restoration because the porcelain or composite bonding between the veneers and the enamel stays intact. If the enamel of one or both teeth needs to be removed due to decay or damage, tooth-like Lumineers can be placed over the tooth or teeth for a smooth and natural looking smile.

Tooth-like Lumineers and crowns can be purchased from a cosmetic dentist specialty store, and most dentists carry a selection of veneers. Because Veneers require very little maintenance, they are a great choice for people who want to change their appearance, without undergoing a full face-lift. Tooth-like Lumineers do not require the same amount of preparation as traditional veneers, which makes them convenient for people who want to get a new tooth that is more practical and easy to clean. With regular cleanings, a dentist can restore your smile to its natural state, making you confident and happy about smiling.

If you need a Veneer or Dental Crown and are in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area contact Studio B Smiles for a FREE consultation.

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