veneers are thin, shell-like slices of ceramic bonded to the front of
the teeth. They are used to cover gaps, to reshape chipped teeth or
whiten stained teeth. At $1000 to $1,800 a tooth, they are one of
cosmetic dentistry's costlier options. However, they are also one of the
most natural-looking and long-lasting whitening options available.
The application of porcelain veneers requires three trips
to your dentist. First, visit your dentist for a diagnosis and
treatment-planning session. This is when you and your dentist will
discuss your specific needs. Next, return for a preparation session.
This time, your dentist will buff about half a millimeter off your teeth
to create room for the veneer. He or she will also create a mold of your
teeth and send it to a laboratory. Within two weeks, the laboratory will
send back the veneers based on this mold. Finally, return for the
bonding session. Your dentist will first give you a "trial fitting" of
your veneers; he or she will use water or glycerine to attach them to
your teeth. This fitting is your chance to comment on the fit and colour
of the veneers, and to request any final changes or adjustments. Once
you are satisfied with the look of the veneers, your dentists will clean
your teeth with bond-aiding chemicals and cement the veneers to your
teeth. Finally, he or she will flash a light on the veneers to speed up
the hardening of the cement.
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