A Beautiful smile
Give yourself a smile makeover that will change your look – and your outlook!
Correct discoloured, worn or misaligned teeth, gaps, or chipps. Having dental veneers fitted is probably the most exciting of all cosmetic dental procedures. Dental Veneers provide an excellent remedy for a number of unsightly dental conditions including:
- Discoloured Teeth
- Worn Teeth
- Chipped Teeth
- Gaps in Teeth
- Moderately misaligned teeth
Veneers are thin shells that cover the front side of teeth. They are used to restore stained teeth, discoloured, deformed or slightly damaged teeth from wearing out. Veneers are mainly placed over front teeth, therefore correcting their contour, colour and size to improve the smile’s appearance.
The materials used to create dental veneers are primarily porcelain and composite. A composite veneer can be produced directly, meaning that the dentist builds it directly on the tooth, or indirectly, outside the mouth, usually in a dental laboratory. In contrast, porcelain veneers are produced only in an indirect way. Porcelain is more aesthetic and more resistant to food stains than composite veneers.
Direct vs. Porcelain Veneers
Direct Veneers are made of semi-ceramic resin material. They are less expensive, can be completed in one sitting, and can be relatively easily repaired or replaced. However they are less stain resistant and have shorter usable life span than Porcelain Veneers.
Porcelain Veneers (Indirect Veneers) are currently the state of the art in veneer restorations. They offer ultimate longevity, stain resistance, and aesthetics. However they are more costly to fabricate and are not easily repaired in case of damage.
Having Veneers Fitted
When veneers are made directly, the dentist restores the tooth directly in the mouth (only composite veneers can be done in this manner – Venners In A Day). The indirect way usually requires two appointments, since the veneer is made in a dental laboratory:
Before this appointment the dentist has already examined the teeth and the x-rays to make sure that veneers are the appropriate treatment. Traditionally, to prepare a tooth in view of placing a veneer, the dentist must remove about ½ millimetre of enamel all around, usually under local anesthesia. Today there is also a “no preparation veneer” option available is some cases.
After, an impression of the teeth is taken and temporary veneers are then placed on the teeth. Patients are encouraged to communicate any desires or concerns regarding shape and size of the new smile to the Dentist at this time.
The temporaries are then corrected and the case is sent to the dental laboratory where the veneers are made.
The cementing of permanent veneers is done two to three weeks later. The dentist removes the temporary veneers, verifies the adaptation and the color of the porcelain veneers before installing them with dental cement. Then the veneers are cemented, cured, and finished. Some bite adjustment and minor shape correction can be done at this time as well.
Advantages of veneers
Dental veneers, especially the ones made of porcelain, offer several advantages to improve the aesthetics of the smile. It should be pointed out however that this treatment must be redone when the veneers are old or worn out. They have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. That’s why when teeth are not too damaged, tooth whitening and orthodontics is a combination of treatments that can also improve the appearance of smile. But if teeth are damaged, severely discoloured or have big fillings, here are the benefits of dental veneers:
- they offer a very natural appearance of a tooth;
- they are resistant to food stains;
- you can select a porcelain colour for teeth to appear whiter.
Maintenance of veneers
It’s important to remember that even though a veneer cannot be decayed, the tooth below may be exposed to cavities and gum disease. Good oral hygiene must be maintained by brushing teeth and flossing between veneers and all other teeth as well. Even though porcelain veneers are resistant to food stains, your dentist may recommend reducing the use of certain staining foods, such as coffee, tea or red wine.
Veneers last between 8 and 12 years. After that, they might need to be replaced. You must take into account that having most porcelain veneers is a treatment that is irreversible.