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Porcelain veneers: Smile with confidence

Even minor irregularities or discolorations in your teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. If your teeth are slightly crooked, cracked, chipped, pitted, or extensively discolored, you might feel very uncomfortable exposing them when you smile, laugh or simply talk.

Veneers can help correct these minor problems, giving you a bright, beautiful smile and restoring your self-confidence about your appearance. Veneers are easy to apply, and can be much less expensive than other cosmetic dentistry options.

Veneers are made of a very thin shell of porcelain, about the thickness of a fingernail. This porcelain is custom-made to fit your teeth, and the color is carefully matched to your teeth so that the veneers are virtually indistinguishable from the enamel surface of any untreated teeth.

Typically, dentists place veneers in a two-step process. First, the teeth are prepared. This usually involves removing a very thin layer of enamel from the tooth surface. The dentist then makes a cast of your teeth. This will be sent to an off-site lab where your veneers will be carefully constructed to exactly fit your teeth. The dentist will place temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the mean time.

When the final, custom-made veneers arrive, you will visit the dental office again to have them permanently bonded to your teeth. A special adhesive allows the porcelain to create a strong bond with the teeth. Veneers are strong and durable and can last many years if properly cared for.

To find out what veneers can do to help restore confidence to your smile, please contact a dentist who has experience with veneers in Grand Prairie.

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