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What are veneers how are the used?

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Dr. James Wright answered

Specializes in 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.

Answered Mar 4, 2014

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Dr. Harvey Shiffman answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

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.

Answered Feb 18, 2015

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Dr. Robert Tupac answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Veneers are like fake fingernails--they can change tooth shape, fill spaces, lengthen them, cover fillings, restore worn areas, etc.

Answered Mar 8, 2013

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Dr. April Ziegele answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

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.

Answered May 28, 2016

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Dr. John Calvert answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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.

Answered Mar 18, 2015

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Dr. Mark Venincasa answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

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.

Answered May 31, 2017

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Dr. Kevin Hanley answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

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.

Answered May 28, 2016

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Dr. Matthew Hyde answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. David Duguid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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.

Answered Mar 4, 2014

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Dr. Glenn MacFarlane answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

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.

Answered Mar 24, 2013

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Dr. Mark Venincasa answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

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....

Answered Sep 2, 2013

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Dr. John Calvert answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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.

Answered Feb 12, 2014

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