Would you like to restore the condition of your smile and correct uneven or chipped teeth? Dental veneers are the most sought after solution; you can gain a better smile and improve the colour, shape or size of your teeth. They are made with a thin shell that matches the shade of your existing teeth. Dental veneers are the latest choice for cosmetic dentistry and to create a new, fresh look for your teeth.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers over the front surface of your teeth and are typically made from a resin composite material or porcelain. They can resist stains and mimic the reflective properties of real teeth, appearing more natural giving you a bright youthful smile.
They are used to,
cover problem teeth,
cover discoloured teeth,
close gaps between teeth,
cover broken or chipped teeth.
Veneers can improve the look of your smile and address concerns related to irregularly shaped, misaligned or uneven teeth. Composite resin and porcelain are the materials used to create dental veneers and each have their own advantages. The choice may depend on your specific goals and the cost involved.
Composite resin veneers are more affordable and typically last 4 to 8 years. They require more attention to oral hygiene and proper care as the material can chip.
Porcelain is another option available at a higher cost, more durable and last up to 20 or 25 years. For porcelain veneers, an impression is made, and a master ceramist / lab technician creates your customised veneers. On your next appointment, the dentist will attach them, ensure that they are a suitable fit, and match the colour of your existing teeth, so when you leave our clinic, your teeth can look and feel great!
What is the Process?
Veneers are applied in three stages:
1 - Diagnosis;
2 - Preparation; and
3 - Bonding.
Diagnosis and Planning
During your first consultation, your dentist will discuss what result to expect and use x-rays to get a better look at your teeth. We may also make an impression of your mouth.
Preparation of the Teeth
About half a millimetre will be removed from tooth enamel to make the veneer appear seamless. As a veneer is constructed from an impression of your teeth, an experienced dentist and master ceramist can ensure that there is perfect fit!
At this appointment, your veneer will be permanently attached, your dentist will check the fit, and then match the colour to your existing teeth. The tooth is cleaned and polished and etched to bond the veneers. Using cement, the veneer is positioned over the tooth and a light beam used to harden the cement and bond the veneer. Once the procedure is completed, your dentist may make a second appointment to ensure at materials have attached as they should.
Benefits of Veneers
Porcelain dental veneers provide several additional benefits,
porcelain does not affect the gum tissue
can be adjusted to match your teeth
appears more natural
more durable than composite resin.
Keep in mind that this process cannot be reversed and that porcelain veneers are more costly more than composite resin.
How Long Will Your Veneers Last?
With proper care, composite resin veneers last for 4 to 8 years and porcelain veneers for at least 25 years with good hygiene habits.
Is There Any Pain?
This is generally a painless procedure although some may notice little extra sensitivity following the bonding; this should pass within 48 hours.
What About Hygiene?
Veneers can stain just like your real teeth, but porcelain veneers are less susceptible. If you want your veneers to match your natural shade, you should avoid overindulging in coffee and tea drinking and don’t smoke. Remember to brush twice per day, floss regularly basis and rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash.
Are There Any Complications
Some people experience tooth sensitivity after getting veneers, especially when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Dental damage can occur during any dental procedure and your dentist will need to determine the best course of action. Sometimes, the damage can be repaired on the spot, while more severe damage could require further treatment.
As they are an artificial option, veneers will most likely need be replaced in the future, they are not always a lifetime solution! Always choose to work with an experienced My Emergency Dentist and follow any recommendations before treatment and after the procedure.
Dental Veneers Alternatives
Dental veneers provide a great solution for improving the condition and appearance of your teeth. Or you may consider bonding or dental crowns so you can restore your smile as soon as possible.
Call My Emergency Dental today to schedule an exam and ask us about dental veneers!