Dental Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help improve the colour, shape and position of teeth, including chipped teeth.
A dental veneer is a shell, or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite that is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks.
Although veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other benefits include durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns.
Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
Worn enamel: Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee; smoking; using certain medications, etc.
Wear and tear: Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.
Once fitted, a veneer should last for many years, far better than other option. Just like normal teeth, they can be broken or chipped without proper oral care.
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What's the procedure for getting a dental veneer?
Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist - one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below.
- Diagnosis and treatment planning-This first step involves active participation between you and your dentist. Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. He or she also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
- Preparation -To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about half a millimetre of enamel from the tooth surface, which is roughly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide on the need for a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Your dentist will then make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed, usually for an additional cost.
- Bonding - Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and colour. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer colour can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched, which roughens it to allow for a strong bonding process. A glue cement is applied to the veneer, which is then placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making final adjustments as necessary. Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the veneer and to once again examine its placement.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The dental veneer procedure can often be completed in two to three visits over the course of 4-6 weeks depending on your preferred schedule. The visits are comprehensive and may require several hours of examination and tooth preparation.
The diagnostic and examination phase of treatment is essential and identifies any oral health concerns that must first be addressed before veneer placement. Your dentist also will work with you to select the best tooth color for you from a special shade chart. Treatment begins when the examination is completed and the customized plan designed.
Porcelain dental veneers or direct composite veneers may require the "shaping" or "prepping" of all teeth being treated. Therefore, some cosmetic dentists first recommend teeth whitening to people with mildly discolored teeth who want a whiter and brighter smile before choosing the appropriate color to match.
Porcelain does not stain like natural tooth enamel, so your smile will stay bright white for years to come. As long as you continue to maintain great dental hygiene, you can enjoy your dental veneers for life!
Reshape and Brighten Your Smile with Custom Porcelain Veneers Made
Porcelain veneers are incredibly versatile. They can be used to tackle nearly any problem imaginable, from tooth discoloration to gummy smiles and more. During your first consultation, your cosmetic dentist will assess your teeth to help you determine what the best plan is for your smile. We will customize a care plan to fit your specific needs with our high-quality dental veneers.
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- Tooth Colour – Yellowing and staining of the teeth is a result of aging and certain food and diet. While teeth whitening can improve stained teeth, other cases may call for dental veneers, lumineers or dental implants.
- Teeth Alignment – This can be corrected through orthodontic procedures like Invisalign. Some may also be improved with veneers.
Spacing – Patients with gaps in between their teeth are candidates for dental bonding, veneers and a number of other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
- Missing Teeth – Patients missing one or more teeth can benefit from dental implants or bridges.
- Chipped, Cracked, or Uneven Teeth can be bonded with porcelain veneers for an improved appearance. A gummy smile can be re-contoured to help improve the overall look of the smile.
- Unshapely Face – An unshaped or aging face (e.g. sagging cheeks) can be rejuvenated through certain cosmetic dentistry procedures.
- Tooth Length – A smile makeover treatment for shorter teeth may include tooth reshaping with composite bonding or porcelain veneers.
- Tooth Proportions – A balanced smile gives the appearance of proper proportion and good oral health. A smile makeover will give you a beautifully balanced and natural looking smile.
Dental veneers aren’t right for everyone, but they could be a perfect fit for you! You deserve to have the best. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.