What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental material used to change the tooth’s color, size, shape, and length. Traditionally, the procedure requires a small preparation on the enamel surface to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. A detailed impression of the tooth is then sent to the dental laboratory, where your veneers are carefully hand-crafted to create an ideal tooth dimension. After a try-in phase and you accept the aesthetic look of the veneers, a strong dental cement is used to lock these veneers into position.

How long does porcelain veneers last?

Typically, a dental veneers can last on average 10 years. Dental veneers, once properly bonding to the tooth’s enamel, can be very strong. If you have bruxism, either during daytime or nighttime, you should have a occlusal night guard to protect against damaging to the veneers. Unconscious clenching or grinding your teeth can wear down the porcelain or even worse, break off a portion of the veneers.

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