If you have an issue with the outer surface of an individual tooth, such as damage or improper shape, you may want to get a porcelain veneers to cover the surface. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that our team of dentists in Red Deer bond to the front surface of your tooth to assist with restoration and alter the aesthetic of the tooth. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover stains, reshape how a misshapen tooth fits in your mouth, close minor gaps, and generally alter the aesthetics of your smile. The porcelain veneer itself is essentially a porcelain shell. It acts as a restoration that is bonded to the front surface of a singular damaged tooth in order to reshape, realign, or alter the appearance of the mouth one tooth at a time. Prior to our practice tailoring your new veneer to your tooth, a small amount of the damaged tooth’s structure will likely be reshaped. This is typically done to accommodate the added space of the veneer, but also may be done to roughen the surface for the veneer’s bonding agent to have a greater surface area to attach to. If the process of forming the veneer takes multiple stages, your Red Deer dentist may give you a temporary veneer. This does not hold the same strength as the permanent veneer, so it may require more care in actions such as chewing. Once you have your new veneer attached properly, you should be able to do most oral tasks as usual. However, since it functions as a part of your tooth, similar steps should be taken to protect it. This includes proper brushing and flossing, but there may be more depending on your specific requirements and needs.