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Veneer candidates may choose bonded options to avoid pain
Updated: 2/23/2011 5:00:11 PM

Bonded veneers can provide the appearance of whiter, healthier looking teeth Patients who receive dental veneers to improve the appearance of their teeth frequently require anesthetic shots and the removal of portions of their natural teeth. However, new bonding methods may allow for pain-free veneer application.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells constructed of tooth-colored materials and designed to cover the front side of teeth. Dentists take a model of a patient's teeth, which they then give to dental technicians who create veneers in a lab, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

California dentist Robert Ibsen created the SmileSimplicity program, which focuses on non-invasive dental procedures such as veneer bonding.

Veneers can provide cosmetic and structural restoration for chipped teeth, as well as those with large gaps or stains, although some individuals may have previously avoided veneers to correct these problems because of the pain and sensitivity associated with the process.

However, the new methods preserve a person's natural teeth and do not require any drilling or grinding away of sensitive tooth structure.

The ADA recommends that individuals who have had veneers applied by their dentist avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor the surfaces, such as coffee, tea or red wine.

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