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For a glamorous and natural-looking smile, many people turn to veneers, a cosmetic dental care option with a good reputation. Made from porcelain or resin composite, according to WebMD, these thin shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to change the shape, color or size.
Invented in 1928 by Charles Pincus, a dentist in California, this procedure was used as a way to give an actor a better smile in a motion picture. Now, however, veneers are not just used in Hollywood.
"Dental veneers are simply the best option for those who want a long lasting smile, " said Ronald Olszewski, D.D.S., who provides this kind of treatment at his practice in Grand Rapids, Mich. "With proper care and regular checkups, they can last indefinitely."
When veneers are needed
People turn to veneers for a variety of reasons, but mostly it has to do with the less-than-perfect appearance of the natural teeth. Teeth that become discolored, whether due to dental treatment, excessive fluoride or other causes, can be covered by veneers. The process is also used to beautify teeth that have been worn down, chipped or broken.
If teeth are not aligned, or if they are uneven or irregularly shaped, veneers can be used to improve their appearance. Additionally, they can also be used to close the space between gapped teeth.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the strength and resilience of veneers is comparable to those of natural teeth.
Patients who undergo treatment for dental veneers have the benefit of self-confidence and the appearance of a natural smile. The gum tissue usually does not have any adverse effects when coming into contact with the porcelain, according to WebMD.
Since the shells are stain-resistant, patients with veneers don't have to worry about staining their teeth. It's also considered a less involved alternative to crowns, because the process does not require the extensive shaping.
Consulting your dentist
If you are curious about veneers, consult your dentist to find out if the procedure is right for you. Being open with your dentist about what kind of smile you want is crucial, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Your dentist may begin by conducting a smile analysis and then by creating a diagnostic mock-up, allowing you to try on the veneers to see if the result is what you had in mind.
Patients who have no dental insurance can look into other options, such as discount dental plans, to decrease the costs of procedures such as teeth bonding.
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