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Timothy E. Smith, DDS • Kyle D. Kolquist, DDS • Erin K. Renier, DDS
1630 Kenwood Avenue Duluth, MN 55811
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Our Services and Technologies

Cosmetic Dentistry - Veneers

What are veneers?

Porcelain laminate (often called a veneer) is a thin shell of porcelain that covers the front of each tooth. They bond directly to the front of the tooth. Each porcelain laminate is a work of art, carefully crafted in a laboratory to fit your individual smile. In the hands of a highly skilled dentist, porcelain laminates can provide you with an incredibly natural, beautiful smile. They are virtually undetectable and can dramatically improve your appearance. They are durable and long-lasting.

What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?

A crown is recommended in many situations; a tooth is cracked, has extensive decay or needs extra support because it is weak. A crown fits over the entire shaped tooth whereas a veneer covers only the visible surface. A veneer can correct the appearance of crooked, badly shaped or stained teeth by simply removing only a thin layer of natural tooth surface, helping many to achieve a beautiful smile.

What is the procedure?

The procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom veneer.  The mold will also be used to create a temporary veneer which will stay on your tooth for approximately three weeks until your new veneer is fabricated. At the second appointment, your temporary veneers will be removed and your permanent restorations will be fitted and adjusted.

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