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What are veneered teeth?

Tooth veneers are extremely thin porcelain shells that are produced in a dental laboratory, these shells fit perfectly on the front surface of teeth which have been pre-prepared by a cosmetic dentist. Porcelain veneers in New York City are considered to be restorative as they are used on the teeth of people who have chips, cracks or stained teeth. Normally a set of veneers are employed; either upper, lower or both and they cover all the teeth that are exposed when smiling.

Porcelain veneers look very realistic and one never has to worry about stained teeth again. The veneer mimics the natural enamel coating on teeth, the external veneer, whether natural or manmade is translucent which allows the interior of the tooth, the dentin, to show through. The result is a lustrous effect that radiates light as it reflects off the dentin layer of the tooth.

There are a number of cosmetic treatments that are available from a cosmetic dentist, dental veneers are not the only treatment and in some cases, may not even be the appropriate product to use. Only after the dentist has studied the teeth and gums of the patient can the determination be made. If the dentist decides that porcelain veneers in New York City are ideal for the patient then after two appointments the work will be completed.

During the initial visit the dentist gives the teeth a professional cleaning and then the teeth to be fitted with veneers are trimmed to accept them. At this stage the dentist takes an impression of the teeth which is used to make a stone model, this model is used by technicians at a dental lab. The dentist has facilities that allow for the creation of temporary veneers which are made from a plastic material and temporarily fixed to the teeth.

In about a week the veneers will have come back from the lab, this then becomes the second visit where they are fitted. The dentist first places the veneers on the teeth temporarily to see if any minor adjustments must be made, once everything is to the liking of the dentist the veneers are permanently bonded to the fronts of the teeth. To ensure a perfect bond between natural surface and the veneer, an etching solution is used to roughen the surface to ensure a perfect bond.

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