Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of tooth-colored, ceramic material which are bonded to teeth, usually on the front surface and sometimes the biting edge. This procedure can be the ideal restorative choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Since porcelain veneers require much less tooth preparation than a crown, they are excellent alternatives to crowns if there is adequate natural tooth structure present. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers are placed to mask discolorations, correct misalignments, repair fractured tooth structure, eliminate unsightly spacing between teeth, permanently brighten teeth, and to generally improve a smile. Porcelain veneers an esthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and come in various shades that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color. If you grind your teeth at night, a guard will be necessary to protect the veneers and your remaining natural teeth from further wear. As with any restorative procedure using man-made materials, care must be exercised when eating certain foods that are hard to bite (pretzels hard breads beef jerky, etc.) to not chip or break the veneer. Nothing in dentistry is indestructible. If a major fracture occurs, repair may not be an option and replacement of the veneer may need to occur at additional cost. Beyond this there is no additional maintenance, other than your normal dental visits and proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis.

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