Veneers as an Alternative to Tooth Whitening

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What are veneers?

Dental veneers are a thin layer of material, usually porcelain which is used to mask your teeth in the event of removable stains on teeth. You will have to visit your dentist to enquire further, and they may have to refer you to a specialist cosmetic dentist although most private dentists usually perform this treatment.

How are they made and applied?

A mould is taken of your teeth using special putty, and your teeth are roughened slightly before this to allow the putty to attach firmly to the teeth. The mould will be sent away to a specialist laboratory where it will be cast in a fine porcelain o similar material. This process ought to take a couple of weeks. During this time you will probably have to retain the slightly roughened texture of your teeth. Once the veneers are ready your dentist will call you in to fix them over your teeth.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers can last for many years as long as you treat them carefully, and avoid any activities which may cause them to be chipped teethor damaged. If they do become damaged for any reason you should visit your cosmetic dentist in order that they might repair them for you, or fit you a new set of veneers. Tooth whitening treatments can sometimes be used to improve the appearance of old and stained veneers.

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