Veneers are thin, custom-made tooth-coloured shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to improve the overal shape and appearance of the teeth.
Porcelain veneers can help restore or camouflage damaged, discoloured, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
This makes dental veneers a less invasive alternative for achieving a more even, symmetrical smile.
Dental veneers can make cosmetic improvements to the appearance of your teeth, and they may also strengthen your teeth. Veneers can be used to repair and hide chips, cracks and discolouration in your teeth, and even reduce gaps in the teeth and lengthen teeth that are too short.
That said, porcelain is made of glass, and can be damaged if a strong force is applied, just like your teeth. So, it's best to avoid biting down on hard food or using your teeth to open packaging.
With good care, porcelain veneers can last a very long time, sometimes 20 years or more. Each person is different, so the length of time that a veneer can last may vary.
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