You know those megawatt celebrity smiles that grace the front of magazine covers? If the celeb’s teeth look perfectly sized, wonderfully white, and evenly aligned, they may be veneers. Dental veneers are hot right now, and with good reason. They make stained or discolored teeth look brighter. They hide any imperfections, like broken or cracked teeth. They can make tiny teeth bigger, and align slightly crooked teeth without orthodontics.
Dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain or a resin composite that are permanently bonded to the teeth, covering the teeth underneath. Porcelain veneers are most popular, as they have the translucent look of real teeth and tend to resist stains better than resin.
To have veneers applied, you’ll typically go through a three-step process:
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Hollywood has given us movie stars, great motion pictures—and dental veneers. Dentist Charles Pincus invented them in 1928 so that actors could temporarily change their appearance.