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How Porcelain Dental Veneers Can Rebuild Your Smile

by Donna Pleis via colgate.com

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People with healthy smiles like to show them off, but for people with chipped, discolored or crooked teeth, smiling can be a painful experience, emotionally and physically. Thankfully, there are lots of options to help fix dental problems, and one of the most popular for older patients is porcelain dental veneers. Here's what they are and what they can do for you.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers, as described by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry , are thin pieces of porcelain shaped to fit over the front side of your teeth. Veneers are strong, look natural and are made to match the shape and color of your own teeth.

To prepare your teeth for veneers, the dentist will remove about one millimeter of enamel from each tooth's surface, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Next, your dentist will take an impression of the inside of your mouth, form a mold, and send it to a dental laboratory where your veneers are custom made by a dental technician.

When finally ready, your dentist will bond the product to your teeth with a special cement.

Are Veneers a Good Option for Me?

Teeth that are discolored, chipped, decayed or poorly shaped are good candidates for veneers. They're also beneficial in situations involving a slight gap between two teeth, as well as for minor crowding and bite-related problems.

Discuss porcelain veneers with your dentist. If they can work for you, be part of t