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can you tell me about porcelain veneers?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Change appearances: Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded onto the front surfaces of teeth to change the shape and color of teeth. They can also close spaces between teeth.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Reserved for : Veneers are to teeth as vinyl siding is to a house. Eggshell thin contoured porcelain is cemented to the front of a tooth/teeth to give a beautiful natural appearance and allow for easy natural home care.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Porcelain veneers: First became popular in the late 1980's when cosmetic dentistry started to become a little bit more popular. After dentist preps the teeth, lab creates a veneer that fits over the tooth remaining to give you the appearance of beautiful and natural teeth. If created properly veneers can have little or no affect on the way a person eats, speaks, or lives. Not everyone is a candidate for veneers..

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a dentist put a veneer over a crown?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
I wouldn't: It is not easay for porcelain or composite to stick to the surface of an existing crown with out extreme heat that can not be attained in the oral cavity. Besides, the cost of the veneer is not much less than a crown so just have the crown replaced and you can have the look that you want and will last much longer.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is there a longterm type veneer that works if gums recede?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
No special one: Receding gums means the root of the tooth is exposed and the root is not covered with enamel. Veneers bond best to enamel but can be bonded to dentin/root, but not as well. Talk with your dentist about the options.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can a dentist put a veneer over an already capped tooth?

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Dr. steven Present
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: If the porcelain on the old crown (cap) is chipped assuming there is no recurrent decay, the porcelain can be prepared, an impression is taken, the veneer is fabricated and bonded to the old crown. However, if there is a metal substructure of the old crown it should not be exposed. The best bonding will occur between two porcelain surfaces.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can a dentist shave down my capped tooth and put a veneer over it?

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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry 14 years experience
No: If you already have a "cap" or crown (what a cap is called in the dental profession) than the tooth should already be shaved down to accommodate that crown. In that case a veneer would not be possible as a veneer is like press on nail and only covers the front of a tooth. If you are doing this because you dont like the way your crown looks, you would need a new crown.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you whiten a porcelain veneer on your tooth?

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Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dentistry 22 years experience
You Can't: A porcelain veneer is color stable, and unfortunately immune to conventional teeth whitening products. If there are coffee or tea stains, they can be polished, but only a new veneer, with a brighter porcelain base, will make it whiter.

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