Having a million dollar smile doesn’t have to cost a fortune thanks to modern 21st century cosmetic dental procedures. These days you can whiten, straighten, and replace your teeth with an abundance of cosmetic dental procedures that you truly can afford.

According to the American Dental Association, there are several cosmetic dental procedures that include professional tooth whitening, dental implants, dental bonding, and dental or porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues including badly stained or discolored teeth that cannot be helped with tooth whitening, crooked or chipped teeth, teeth that are too long or too short or gaps between your teeth.

When you schedule an appointment with your dentist for porcelain veneers, a thorough examination will be conducted to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers as your teeth and gums need to be healthy before any cosmetic dental procedure.

If your dentist deems you a good candidate for porcelain veneers, you will require two dental appointments.

During your first porcelain veneers appointment, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from your teeth to allow for the thin piece of porcelain. This is usually painless and may not require anesthetic. Once removed, your dentist will create an impression or mold of your teeth to be sent off to a dental lab. Depending on your case, your dentist may fit you for temporary porcelain veneers as well.

After your porcelain veneers have been custom made, your dentist will clean your teeth with a special liquid in order to create a durable and strong bond. Once applied, your dentist will place bonding cement between your new porcelain veneer and tooth before using a special light or laser to set and harden the bond on your new porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers last longer than dental bonding, but may need to be replaced. According to your dentist, the best way to take care of your new porcelain veneers is to practice good oral hygiene habits that include brushing twice and flossing once a day, a good healthy diet, and regular appointments with your dentist. Your dentist also recommends that you keep pens and pencils out of your mouth and never chew on ice or anything hard as hard objects can crack or chip your new porcelain veneers.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. 

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