What is a veneer?

A patient today asked me to explain what a porcelain veneer is and how it works. A veneer is a very thin piece of very strong porcelain that is placed on the front surface of a tooth. They are used to achieve a cosmetic goal such as brightening the smile, correcting poor alignment, or to lengthen the teeth. Because they are cosmetic, they are usually done on the upper or lower front teeth.

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What dental procedure is the most beneficial to the patient?

A patient recently asked me what dental procedure is the most beneficial to the patient. The patient knows that I perform many procedures from crowns, veneers, and implants to white fillings. Although every patient’s needs are different, I would say that dental cleanings and exam (good old-fashioned checkup!) is the most important.

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