Dental veneers are thin shells that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin and are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, stained, chipped, or misaligned. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth or to reshape teeth that are too small or too large. It’s important to note that dental veneers are not exactly the same as natural teeth, as they are a cosmetic restoration placed over your existing teeth. However, they can provide a very realistic and aesthetically pleasing result that can greatly improve the appearance of your smile.
There are two primary types of materials use to make dental veneers:
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain material that is custom-made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. They are known for their natural-looking appearance, durability, and resistance to stains.
- Composite resin veneers: Composite resin veneers are made of a tooth-colored composite resin material that is applied directly to the front surface of your teeth and shaped to create a natural-looking appearance. While they are less expensive than porcelain veneers, they may not last as long and are more prone to staining and chipping.
The process for getting dental veneers typically involves several steps:
- Preparation: remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. This helps create space for the veneers and ensures a proper fit.
- Impressions: take impressions of the teeth to create a mold of your mouth. This mold will be used to create custom veneers.
- Temporary veneers: In some cases, temporary veneers may be placed on teeth to protect them while your permanent veneers are being made.
- Bonding: Once permanent veneers are ready, it will bond to the front surface of your teeth using a special dental adhesive.
- Trimming and shaping: trim and shape the veneers to ensure a comfortable and natural-looking fit.
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- Geha Dental
- Health Admin
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- Premier Access
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- Principal Life
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- Standard Insurance Company
- Southwest Admin
- Tricare Dental Program
- United Concordia
- United Healthcare