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Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They are very thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite white material, which are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They help to lighten and improve the appearance of teeth which may be damaged due to an injury, are crooked, spaced or over crowded. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline or dis-coloured with a minimal amount of tooth reduction. Dental porcelain veneers in Delhi, India are individually crafted by the dentist and his lab technician to create an even, beautiful smile. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural. The treatment usually requires three trips to the dentist - for consultation, trial and cementation. The initial consultation involves active participation between the patient and the dentist. Explain to your dentist the results that you're looking for and your expectations. The dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate and discuss what the procedure will involve. For more information on teeth veneers in New Delhi, consult Dr. Shivani Gupta. Caring for Your Veneers Although veneers are designed to allow you to function normally, avoid biting into hard food with them, or use them to open sharp objects - this may chip or damage them. Avoid excessive intake of stain producing products like red wine, tomato sauce, grape juice, and tea or coffee. Keep in mind that the porcelain material can pick up stain from deeper pigmented foods and beverages; and unlike our natural teeth, they cannot be whitened with tooth whitening gels. Your dentist may also recommend the use of a night guard to protect your natural teeth from the abrasive nature of porcelain. Veneers are designed to last for a long time with proper home care. Regular cleanings from your dental hygienist are still recommended, along with routine dental check-ups.