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If you’ve been looking into having cosmetic dental work done then chances are you’ve heard veneers mentioned. But you may not be sure what they are or why you might need them. In brief, they’re a thin shell that gets attached to your tooth; they cover the fronts of your teeth and improve your smile with minimal reduction of tooth structure.

How & Why Veneers May Be Right for You.
Veneers are made from either porcelain or a composite material, and can be built directly in the mouth or fashioned in a lab and bonded to the teeth after; among other differences in materials, the porcelain ones are less likely to stain over time than the composites. Veneer application may have repercussions, but in general they’re an extremely effective tool for covering cosmetic imperfections. Veneers fill the bill when, for example, braces are not an option or when teeth have been worn away for some reason.  They also give teeth an even appearance and cover unsightly stains, making them particularly popular with long-term smokers whose teeth are permanently yellow or brown.

Understand Your Options, Talk with Your Dentist.
With many options available, it’s worth having a conversation with your dentist about the best corrective dental procedure for you, whether veneer or not. Today, veneers are known to last 10 to 30 years, making them an effective long-term solution for superficial teeth problems you might have thought were permanent.  There’s no reason to still be walking around covering up your smile. Talk with your dentist today.