Cosmetic Dentistry Torrance
 How dental veneers can help give you a brighter, whiter smile!
Dental veneers have been around since the 1930s. However, until the 1980s, veneers were predominantly used to give actors and actresses temporary dental changes as needed for various entertainment roles. This was due to the fact that during these first fifty-or-so years, veneers were attached to teeth using the same adhesive that was used for dentures. Then, during the 1980s, it was discovered that veneers could be attached more permanently to teeth using hydrofluoric acid. Now, veneers are typically attached to teeth using a special cement as well as other bonding agents.
Today, dental veneers in Torrance are made from either porcelain or resin. There are pros and cons to each type of veneer. Porcelain veneers are known to resemble real teeth better than resin veneers as well as being able to resist stains better than resin veneers. However, resin veneers have the advantage of being thinner and therefore, lesser removal of a tooth’s surface before the placement of veneers. Whether porcelain veneers or resin veneers are used can only be determined after discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the veneers with your cosmetic dentist in Torrance.
Veneers can be used to give patients a more aesthetically-pleasing smile through a variety of different ways. Veneers are capable of correcting teeth that have been discolored, worn down, chipped, or broken. They are even capable of closing gaps between teeth as well as fixing teeth that are uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. Veneers are custom-made to fit the particular needs of each tooth. After your tooth has been grinded down about 0.5 millimeters in order to apply the veneer, an impression of your tooth is made and sent to a lab where a customized veneer is created for your tooth.
Once the veneer has been sent back from the lab, it may need to be changed in color so that the veneer matches in color to the teeth that are surrounding it. When the veneer is ready to be placed on the tooth, a special cement or bonding agent is applied to the veneer which is then applied to the surface of the tooth. After the veneer has been placed on the tooth, it will be checked that it does not affect your ability to bite or chew.
Veneers typically last 10-30 years and may need to be replaced in the case of cracking, discoloration, chipping, or if they begin to negatively affect the surrounding gums or if they become damaged from injuries. Veneers are a safer method of correcting tooth and teeth issues when compared to crowns. This is because crowns require a more extensive grinding down of teeth for application, while being less durable and pleasing-to-the-eye than veneers.
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