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What are porcelain veneers?
Updated: 1/7/2013 8:57:27 PM

What are porcelain veneers?  Some people are not comfortable with the look of their teeth, especially if they are cracked or yellow. These individuals may even have trouble getting a good job or making a strong impression on dates because of the condition of their teeth, which leaves them struggling to find work or with low self-esteem. However, there are types of dental work that can improve this issue. For example, it is possible to get porcelain veneers to fix the look of teeth.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that can make teeth look the bright white color that they should be. Furthermore, they can provide the strength and resilience that people get from their natural tooth enamel. This is important, because if teeth have a yellow or translucent color, it's likely that the enamel has been worn down or damaged.

What can veneers fix?
WebMD states that veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are discolored for a number of reasons, either due to a root canal treatment or the simple yellowing that comes from eating, drinking and poor dental health habits.

Veneers are also used to improve the appearance of teeth that are misaligned, uneven, irregularly shaped or have gaps between them.

Talk to your dentist
The AACD states that people who are interested in getting porcelain veneers should talk to their dentists about it. The organization states that people need to explain to their dentists exactly what they are looking for and what cosmetic improvements they want to gain from veneers.

Veneers may not be an option for everyone, though, because this procedure can be rather expensive. While the price ranges, veneers can cost anywhere between $500 to $1,300 per tooth, which is something that people should discuss with their dentists when they talk about getting veneers.

Benefits of veneers
People who do decide to get veneers won't be disappointed. It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between veneers and natural teeth, and custom-made veneers will likely be able to resist coffee, tea and other stains. Also, only a minimal amount of your natural teeth needs to be altered to allow for veneers to be placed on them. Finally, the color and shape of teeth will look better than ever with veneers. 

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