What is a veneer
A veneer is a very thin, translucent shell that is made out of porcelain. Veneers are placed on front teeth to help improve their appearance (ie. colour, size, shape). Veneers will help to give you the beautiful, full Hollywood smile you want. If your front teeth are slightly crooked, instead of braces to straighten them you can apply veneers and instantly have your teeth look straight.
Veneers are often desired to correct discoloured teeth, cover front worn or chipped teeth, lessen gaps between teeth and hide crooked teeth. While these are commonly sought after as an alternative to orthodontic treatment, we believe that their use is reserved for appropriate conditions. If you choose to go with veneer treatment, your first appointment is when the teeth are prepared gently for the veneer application. A small amount of tooth material is usually removed from the front of the teeth that are receiving the veneers. Then, an impression is taken and sent to the laboratory to make the veneers. At your second appointment, the colour and fit of your veneers will be checked to ensure that the desired look is achieved. The surfaces of the teeth are primed and the veneers are bonded to your teeth. Then, your bite is checked for consistency and comfort. Special care must be taken when you have veneers, such as the avoidance of hard (dense) foods.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments among patients. Originally developed during the early years of Hollywood, they have become increasingly sought-after in treating numerous dental issues. Porcelain veneers are effective for covering up cracks, gaps and discoloration, helping to create a more uniform look for many patients.
The strength of porcelain
Using porcelain provides a stronger exterior that prevents future damage. The material is also highly resistant to stains and porcelain has the unique ability of replicating the reflective properties of your natural enamel. The veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are adhered to the teeth, providing durability and long lasting protection. They can be used to repair fractures and are applied to a single tooth or multiple teeth at the same time. This also makes them perfect for corrective treatments with minimal impact on the feel of your teeth. The thin layer provides a strong barrier to protect the teeth once it’s applied.
For issues that cannot be corrected with traditional orthodontics, such as small teeth with large gaps, veneers provide an effective corrective treatment. They can also be used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down due to excessive grinding. Porcelain veneers have numerous applications, resulting in their widespread use among cosmetic dentists. Many patients have received incredible results using porcelain veneers coupled with a long term dental health care program.
The many benefits of veneers
- Straightening uneven teeth
- Reducing the amount of visible gums
- Create more proportional teeth
- Brighten teeth that don’t respond to whitening or bleaching
- Restore worn teeth
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
- Restore proper bite
Porcelain veneers are popular as a result of their resiliency. They are highly resistant to staining and can, with proper care, maintain their natural look for a lifetime. Like crowns, maintaining veneers is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth. Long term maintenance of your veneers can be accomplished with a few easy steps. It’s recommended that you brush as you normally would, along with regular flossing to ensure optimal care of the teeth and supporting gums.