If your teeth are stained, chipped or not in-line, veneers may be an option for you. Veneers are recommended to close small gaps or treat minor crowding when braces and bonding are not favoured or favourable.
A veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain (often contact lens-thin) that is bonded on the front of your own tooth. Veneers can dramatically and safely transform a person’s smile (see Digital Smile Design section for more information on this and smile makeovers).
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain and resin. These shells are custom made for each individual patient so the fit is perfect. Porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry to transform a flawed smile into a spectacular one. At The Dentist, we use the highest quality materials and the most up-to-date technology to give you porcelain veneers that are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, but are shaped and polished for a celebrity smile.
Do Porcelain Veneers Ruin Teeth?
If you’re considering having porcelain veneers fitted, chances are your teeth are already damaged. At The very least, the condition of your teeth is preventing you from flashing your pearly whites because they may not be so white. In addition, they could be chipped, cracked, broken or misshapen or crooked. Porcelain veneers won’t ruin the structure of your teeth. In fact, they are fitted over your natural teeth and firmly bonded so they look and function the same way your natural teeth do.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting solution that will enhance the look of your smile. In most cases, porcelain veneers should last up to 25 years. A good dental hygiene regimen is the key to longer lasting veneers but your daily habits will also determine how long they last. Avoid biting into hard objects and cut your food into smaller pieces, especially in the early days after you’ve had your veneers fitted. Visit your dentist regularly to check on your teeth and gums and you may be able to keep the same set of porcelain veneers indefinitely.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
In most cases, you can have your porcelain veneers fitted within two visits to the dentist. The first visit is the longest one and involves an in-depth examination and consultation with your dentist. During this visit, your dentist also prepares your existing teeth for your new porcelain veneers. An impression may be taken of your prepared teeth at this time, or your dentist may use digital scanning to obtain an accurate impression of your teeth. These impressions or scans are then sent to the laboratory so your porcelain veneers can be fabricated. Once they are ready, you will be called in to see your dentist and your veneers can be bonded to your teeth. That’s it. You’re done!
What Are The Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers?
The main benefit of porcelain veneers is that you will have a winning smile in as little as two visits to the dentist. The procedure is quick, and relatively painless. Once fitted, they look and feel like natural teeth and they are a long-lasting solution to enhance the look of your teeth. Once you get used to your new veneers, you’re likely to forget you’ve had this procedure done.
Is The Procedure Painful?
The good news with porcelain veneers is that most of the dental preparation work is completed at the level of your gums. A tiny amount of enamel may be filed down to make the surface easier for the bonding agent to adhere to and you will be fitted with temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being made. Most patients at The Dentist have stated that they felt quite comfortable during the procedure and did not experience any pain.