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Dental veneers are thin composite or porcelain pieces that cover the front surfaces of your natural teeth. They are an easy way to address aesthetic and physical problems. There are several benefits; you can continue to whiten your smile, fix minor cosmetic problems and replace damaged enamel. They can be used to straighten or make a more even smile. However, due to the nature of the thin material veneers are not always suitable for everyone. Come in today for a consultation!
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A veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.
There are two main types of veneers: composite and porcelain.
Composite veneers are manufactured right on the premises by the dentist, and applied directly to the teeth. A single appointment is all that’s needed for this procedure, which will bring back your dazzling smile and hide any imperfections.
Porcelain veneers serve the same purpose as composite veneers. However, they are made in a laboratory. Porcelain veneers are a little like false nails in that they are made to measure and cemented onto the tooth surface.
The full procedure requires two appointments:
- one to prepare the tooth and take the impression that will serve to make the veneer in the lab; and
- a second to cement the veneer onto the tooth.
Both veneer types offer the following benefits:
- A more attractive smile while preserving healthy teeth.
- A more uniform smile in terms of tooth colour and shape.
Benefits of composite veneers:
- Several veneers can be applied in a single visit.
- Less expensive than porcelain.
- Easy to repair if needed.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
- Preserve the bright, slightly translucent appearance of natural teeth.
- Longer-lasting than composite.
- Do not change colour over time.
The right veneers are a quick way to a beautiful smile. The treatment is perfect for people with teeth that are stained, chipped or have gaps.
Do note that veneers are an irreversible treatment, so having them placed is a big decision. Before you and your dentist decide the procedure is right for you, it’s important to have the right information about veneers, their cost and how best to care for them.
We ensure that the shade of the veneer will match the natural teeth, meaning it is very difficult to differentiate them from the natural teeth. The advantage of Porcelain veneers that they reflect more light and, therefore, appear more natural looking.
With reasonable precautions, dental veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. While you can eat almost anything you like, it is important to exercise reasonable precautions because dental veneers are not indestructible.
Porcelain is made of glass and can shatter with excessive pressure. You can crack your veneers if you pry open a bottle cap with your teeth, chew on ice, or bite your fingernails. Also, people who grind their teeth at night will greatly benefit from wearing a night guard.
Porcelain veneers have the same strengths and weaknesses as a natural tooth and should be taken care of in exactly the same way.
We suggest brushing and flossing just as you would your regular teeth. Proper daily brushing, and use of non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Consider limiting coffee and other stain-inducing foods.
Veneers will need to be replaced at some point, no matter how well you take care of them. But proper oral hygiene will help them last as long as possible.
If you’re deciding on veneers, feel free to contact us for information and advice to be sure you understand every part of the process and cost. A beautiful smile feels great and can increase both your confidence and well-being.
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