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Cover Up: Veneers for Chipped Teeth

BackMountainDentalIt doesn’t take a lot to chip teeth, especially if you live a particularly active lifestyle. Even if you don’t, though, some of the everyday things you do could chip away at your pearly whites. Some food, like nuts, taco shells, and raw carrots, can be too hard for teeth to handle. 

One of the best solutions for damaged teeth is dental veneers. These thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin are designed to bond with your teeth and restore their appearance. They can also protect chipped teeth from decay or infections.

Veneers may also be used even on undamaged natural teeth to improve imperfections on tooth size, shape, and color. They also have the advantage of being simpler to apply and less expensive than dental crowns and implants, partly because they are less invasive than the other two procedures. Also, certain types of veneers, particularly those labeled as “no-prep” veneers, may be installed in just one appointment, unlike other prosthesis which usually require multiple visits to the dentist.

The application of traditional porcelain veneers require thinning down the tooth’s surface by removing around ½ mm of the tooth’s enamel. This has to be done before the prosthetics can be placed. The entire procedure may take up to three dental visits. “No-prep” veneers, on the other hand, typically make use of composite resin, and do not require the tooth to be ground down. Thus, the procedure can be done in one appointment.

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October 23, 2014 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry | , , , ,

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