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Porcelain Veneers Can Give You a Great Smile

By Dennis Sternberg on October 14, 2008

There are many ways in which porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth. When using porcelain veneers to repair or improve the aesthetics of a tooth, the procedure can be done quickly, and with little drilling or anesthetic.Porcelain veneers are commonly used for cosmetic purposes; for example, to resurface the teeth, making them appear straighter and better aligned. They may also be used to fix broken or chipped teeth. In addition, cosmetic dentists may use porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of discolored teeth, or close gaps between teeth. With porcelain veneers you can achieve a full restoration of the teeth for a Hollywood style makeover. Some advantages that porcelain veneers have over other methods of cosmetic dentistry include the fact that they are stain resistant, and will last much longer than bonding, up to 15 years. The only real disadvantage to porcelain veneers are the cost, as well as the potential that the porcelain may crack, though this is somewhat rare. The cost of porcelain veneers is about $1,200 per tooth; so this is a very expensive option. Only those with fairly healthy teeth are good candidates for porcelain veneers, they cannot be used on teeth that have significant structural damage or enamel loss. It is also important to understand that teeth with porcelain veneers are still susceptible to decay. If tooth decay should occur the entire tooth may need to be covered with a crown after being repaired. Consult your cosmetic dentist to discover if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

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