Porcelain Veneers
in Cullman, AL

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are placed over the front of teeth to protect and enhance their appearance. Veneers are an excellent option for restoring a few front teeth that have become damaged over the years or altering the appearance of all of a patient’s front teeth for a complete smile makeover. Interested in learning more or scheduling a visit? Please contact us!

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Are veneers a restorative or cosmetic treatment?

Veneers primarily fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry, as they are often used to enhance the appearance of teeth by improving their color, shape, size, and alignment. They can effectively address issues like discoloration, chipping, and uneven spacing and provide the patient with a beautiful yet natural smile. Porcelain veneers can also be used as a restorative treatment, especially when they’re used to repair minor dental imperfections, such as small chips or cracks, and improve the tooth’s strength and function.

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How are veneers created and placed?

The first step involves scheduling a consultation, where we go over the patient’s smile goals and what they want their new smile to look like. Once a patient’s consultation is complete, we will prep the teeth and take impressions to begin creating their custom porcelain veneers. In the meantime, the patient will wear temporary veneers for a few weeks. Once the permanent veneers have been designed and created, the temporaries will be removed, the permanent veneers will be placed, and any necessary modifications will be done to ensure that they look and feel great.

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Are veneers permanent?

Prepping teeth for veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel from the front of the tooth. Once this has been done, a restoration of some kind must always be placed over the tooth to protect it, making them more or less a permanent treatment. While they don’t last forever, well-maintained veneers can often endure for a decade or more. Proper oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and cautious habits such as avoiding biting into hard objects can extend their lifespan. Eventually, veneers will require replacement due to wear and tear, but advancements in materials and techniques have increased their durability over the years.

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