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Veneers - an alternative to crowns
Updated: 11/6/2008 6:00:38 PM

Veneers - an alternative to crowns For those looking for a cosmetic dentistry option that will improve the appearance of their front teeth, veneers may be an attractive option.

While some people choose crowns to change the shape or size of their teeth, the Academy of General Dentistry suggests that others may prefer the conservative changes provided by veneers.

The option is commonly chosen by patients who want to cover up discolorations, brighten their smiles and fill in gaps or small imperfections.

During a procedure to apply veneers, a dentist will lightly buff the existing tooth or teeth, removing a half-millimeter of tooth surface.

For composite veneers, the dentist will apply and sculpt the material onto teeth immediately. In contrast, porcelain veneers first require a mold of the patient's mouth to be taken.

Those who choose the porcelain option will need to return to the dentist's office once their veneers have been created. After checking the fit and coloring is correct, the dentist will bond the veneers with special cement and use a laser to harden the material.

According to the ADA, some people with veneers may have to steer clear of certain foods that may stain their new teeth, but most patients consider this a minor inconvenience.
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