Dr. Hanan A. Elsaie DDS,
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Porcelain Veneer

What are dental veneers?

 Porcelain Veneer is a thin layer of shells of ceramic material placed over a tooth surface. Porcelain veneers are used to cover discoloration. It is also used by a patient who wants to have bright teeth and shining smile. Porcelain veneer is also an effective substitution for crowns. It gives much effective way of changing the size, color and shape of the teeth. This type of dental procedure needs a little or sometimes no anesthesia. Porcelain veneer is highly resistant to stains of coffee, tea, and cigarettes. It can also treat undesirable teeth defects such as teeth stained by tetracycline, teeth being injured, and teeth that have been damaged by a result of a root-canal procedure. Porcelain veneers last for years, and the result will surely make you satisfied.

The following are the step by step procedures needed to be undergone by patients who will have porcelain veneer:

- First the patient needs to have a dentist consultation or diagnosis. The patient also needs to have a well-planned decision on how he or she wants the result to be. Understanding the correct limitations of the procedure is also needed.

- Preparing the teeth follows the first step. This appointment may take one up to two hours. Teeth are lightly polished, half a millimeter of the tooth is removed to allow the small thickness of the veneer. This step may require a local anesthesia. During this appointment a mold is taken off the teeth. This mold will be sent to laboratory for the fabrication of veneer that may take one up to two weeks.

- The final step is the bonding of the veneers. First the dentist will check if the desired shade of color and shape is exactly what the patient wants. The color of the veneers cannot be altered or changed once it is cemented.

After the process the patient needs to maintain his or her new teeth. Brushing and flossing is strongly required.