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What are veneers how are the used?

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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Cosmetic Dentistry: A thin layer of porcelain which is permanently affixed to the patient's tooth, to whiten, reshape or in some way cosmetically enhance the tooth. Different companies and labs use different types of porcelain. Some porcelains have different properties; more translucent, stronger, more polish to name a few. Se a dentist and view their before and after photos.
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Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 38 years experience
Porcelain: Veneers are typically custom lab made porcelain covers for your from teeth. They are used to change the shape and or color and are bonded to the tooth enamel. In some cases the teeth need to be shaved to allow space and some times no shaping is necessary.
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Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
A new surface: Veneers are like fake fingernails--they can change tooth shape, fill spaces, lengthen them, cover fillings, restore worn areas, etc.
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Dr. April Ziegele
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Porcelain shells: Veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit over your prepared teeth. They are used to strengthen teeth, make them longer, brighter, close spaces, appear straighter.
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Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 37 years experience
Improve cosmetics: Usually a thin custom piece of porcelain. It is made to improve the way one or more teeth look after the front tooth surface has been prepared. These improvements can be correcting shape, discolor, closing gaps, straightening misaligned teeth, lengthening worn shortened teeth and other ways of making the teeth more attractive. A highly trained dentist will be able to properly diagnose and treat.
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic 36 years experience
Details on veneers: Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the surface of the teeth. They are used to lengthen, whiten, brighten, and re-shape teeth. They can transform a smile. They are a conservative options to crowns.
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Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 44 years experience
Improve esthetics: Veneers are placed to improve the look and attractiveness of your teeth. They are placed on teeth which are discolored or not shaped well to improve how they look and improve the esthetics of your smile.
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Dr. Matthew Hyde
Dentistry 42 years experience
Cosmetics: To change the color or shape of front teeth. It is a great procedure in the right hands for the right situation. It can also cover small old fillings. If the filling you want to change the color of is too large or the color change you want is too much, you may need a different type of restoration.
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Dr. David Duguid
Dentistry 30 years experience
Enhance your smile: Adding a permanent color change and bringing back youth to warn down teeth are my two main requests. Veneers can also be used in trauma cases when teeth are fractured. We can also, in a limited amount, use them to create "instant orthodontics" by making the teeth to appear to be in better alignment. They almost always enhance a persons confidence in their appearance giving them a compelling smile.
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Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
MANY REASONS: Definition of a veneer is a thin decorative covering. In dentistry we use either a composite shaped directly on the teeth, or porcelain, lab designed. Both are bonded (chemically cemented) to the teeth. They both act to cover discolored, misshapen, fractured, malaligned, ugly, etc. Teeth. Best part about porcelain over composite is you can pick the shape, shade and style and they last longer.
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic 36 years experience
Many things...: Dental veneers can whiten and reshape, they can close spaces or gaps, they can make the colors of teeth more uniform, they can "straighten" teeth, they can even out the smile, they can lengthen teeth, and they can re-create a smile, among other things....
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Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 37 years experience
Attractive Smile: Veneers are used to change the shape, color, size, alignment of front teeth. They usually are an elective procedure that people request from a dentist to give them a more attractive smile. A better smile usually lends to more confidence in how you see yourself and how other see you.
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