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If your teeth are suffering from chips, cracks or stains, dental veneers may be the answer to your problem. If you want to stop finding ways to creatively hide your teeth when you smile, you should talk with Dr. John Lee about veneers.

Veneers are very thin shells, often made of porcelain, that are placed on the front of your teeth. While veneers do hide stains, chips and cracks, they can also be used to close the gaps between your teeth, or correct a misshapen tooth.

In order to place a veneer on your tooth, the dentist will first clean the tooth and then determine what color the veneer should be. A small amount of tooth enamel will be removed to make space for the veneer on your tooth. The dentist will then take an impression of your tooth, which will be used to craft a veneer. When the time has come to place the veneer, the dentist will remove the temporary veneer, wash and etch the new one, and then place it on your tooth. Dental cement will be used to adhere the veneer to your tooth. After the veneer is secure, the dentist will remove any excess porcelain and polish the tooth.

Veneers usually last 10 to 15 years with the proper care. Your veneers need to be brushed and flossed, and you will still need to see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. To make certain that your veneers will last, you should wear a mouthguard when you play sports; don’t chew on pens or ice, or use your teeth to open packages. Keep in mind that your veneers can be stained, and that it will help if you limit your intake of coffee, tea, and other dark-colored foods and drinks. If your veneers do become stained, your dentist can polish them, but the stains cannot be corrected with tooth-whitening procedures.

If you have teeth that are cracked, chipped or stained and would like to find out if veneers are a the right choice for you, call John Lee, DDS in Fresno, California at 559-439-9621 today. We’ll be happy to schedule you for an appointment.