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Some folks would hesitate in getting dental veneers simply because they are not familiar with what they are, what they’re for and when they should be used. Similar to other cosmetic procedures, these laminates also possess a couple of advantages and disadvantages. Fortunately, in this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know about them. This includes how much you will be spending if in case, you’ve decided on them.

What are Dental Veneers?

They are small shells or laminates that are placed on the affected area – usually on

the front surface of the teeth. They are wafer thin and can either be made from porcelain or resin composites. Other names for them are ‘Ceramic Sheaths’ and ‘Porcelain Sheaths’.

These shells have a thickness of about half a millimeter. To apply them, the dentist would need to remove a layer of enamel (from the affected tooth) that is as thick as the sheaths to be used.

Porcelain laminates emit a similar color like our natural enamel, allowing it to reflect the original tooth color. Unfortunately, porcelain sheaths are brittle. They are prone to cracking, especially he or she fails to watch what they eat. Its entire strength and durability depends on the remaining enamel.

Other than the removal of a thin layer of enamel, the whole process of applying them is relatively safe and painless. However, due to the removal of enamel, one may feel slight tooth sensitivity that can be felt for about a couple of weeks.

Overall, as a cosmetic solution, they are pretty ideal to use for solving common cosmetic problems that are usually affecting the front area. This means they won’t be beneficial if they’re placed somewhere that’s not usually visible, like the back molars. Moreover, this procedure is not suitable for replacing lost back ones where dental implants should be more likely considered.

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