What are Veneers ?
Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the visible part of the tooth. Veneers look and feel like natural teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of stained, chipped, cracked, and worn-down teeth. Dental Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth. Teeth can become worn down or stained from tobacco use, caffeine, and food. With just a few visits, veneers can provide a permanent fix to years of damage to your teeth.
What are Veneers Made of ?
The most common type of dental veneer is made out of porcelain. Porcelain is a strong material that resists stains. Veneers made out of porcelain mimic the natural light reflecting properties of your teeth. The porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth to give a permanent beautiful smile. Veneers can also be made from a composite resign. The composite bonding material is a similar product to what is used when completing a tooth-colored filling. The composite veneers are available in several different shades. This allows the veneers to mirror the natural colouring of your teeth to create a perfect match. After a consultation with your dentist, they will recommend the best fit to meet your needs.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Porcelain veneers involve a multi-step treatment plan. After the initial consultation with your dentist, your teeth will need to be prepped. An impression of the tooth/teeth must be made by a lab technician. The veneer will then be molded to fit. Veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed to ensure a proper fit. Because of this enamel removal, veneers are non-reversible and permanent. Once the teeth are buffed and cleaned, the veneer is the bonded to the tooth permanently with a special cement. The bonding agent is then dried with a light. The porcelain veneers are completed over 2-3 visits with the dentist.
Composite Veneer Process
After the initial consultation with your dentist, your teeth will need to be prepped. An impression of the tooth/teeth must be made by a lab technician. The veneer will then be molded to fit. The dentist will roughen the front part of your tooth, buff, and clean it in preparation. Your teeth may need to be slightly shaped to ensure uniform size. A few different prepping solutions will then be applied to the treatment surface. The dentist will select the correct shade of the composite veneers to match your natural teeth. The composite resign will be placed over your tooth and molded to the desired shape. When the desired looks are achieved, a bonding light will be used to harden and cure the composite resign in place. The final step is to smooth and polish the new veneer.
What is the Cost ?
The price of the Dental veneers varies between the material, amount needed, and number of visits to the dentist. The dentist will discuss with you if veneers are the right solution for you. The treatment plan will then be determined and agreed upon.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
• Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance.
• Veneers are permanent. They are made to resist staining and decay.
• Getting veneers is a minimally invasive procedure that provides a quick cosmetic fix to many common issues.
• Maintenance is very easy. You don’t have to do anything more than your normal dental routine to veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I care for Veneers?
Veneers can be cared for just like a normal tooth. Regular brushing and flossing is all that’s required to maintain your veneers.
How long do dental veneers last?
Veneers are made to last. With proper care they can last a lifetime. However, in certain circumstances, they can last between 5-10 years.
Why do I need veneers?
Veneers are not the right solution for everyone. Dental veneers can be a great solution for teeth that are discoloured, chipped, cracked, worn down, spaced, uneven, or misshaped. Your dentist will make a recommendation if dental veneers are the right choice for you.