What are dental veneers?
Veneers are usually made of porcelain, described as thin, semi-translucent “shells” that are permanently bonded to your teeth. They are used to correct a variety of conditions such as:
– diastemas (spaces) between the teeth
– broken or chipped teeth
– unsightly stained or washed out fillings
– permanently stained or discoloured teeth
– misshapen or crooked teeth
Our dental professional will examine and discuss whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this cosmetic procedure. There are many advantages and benefits for choosing veneers. Often little or no anesthesia is required, only a small amount of tooth structure (if any) is removed during the procedure, a healthy “natural” look is achieved with little or no discomfort.
Often veneers are indicated when a portion of the front side of the tooth needs a “facelift”. A crown is more suitable when the tooth has been root canal treated, more tooth structure has been lost or severe staining has to be masked.
How are porcelain veneers done?
Similar to a resin bonding procedure, veneers are attached directly to your existing tooth structure. An impression is taken to make an exact replica of your teeth, a shade is chosen and sent to the dental laboratory. During your second appointment your teeth will be etched with a mild acid solution and a liquid bonding material is applied to help the veneer adhere to your natural teeth.
What to expect?
Veneers can last for years, depending on how well they are taken care of by the patient. Maintaining regular hygiene at home and with your dental professional is highly recommended.