Are damaged, misshapen, or discoloured teeth affecting your self-esteem? Dental veneers can improve the overall appearance of teeth and give you a boost of confidence.
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made fittings that get bonded to the front of teeth to hide imperfections and improve the appearance of your smile.
Veneers can provide a long-term solution to a variety of cosmeetic dental issues such as:
- Stains or discolouration
- Worn down teeth
- Minor damage
- Overall appearance
- Gaps in the teeth
Veneers are a popular choice among individuals that do not respond to other dental treatments such as retainers, braces, or teeth whitening.
What are the
Benefits of Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers offer a variety of advantages such as:
- A natural, healthy tooth appearance
- The gums tolerate porcelain well
- Veneers are resistant to staining
- A white colour can be chosen to brighten dark teeth
- They tend to look better and be more durable than crowns
What Is the
Treatment Process for Veneers?
The treatment process for veneers typically involves at least three trips to the dentist. One trip consists of a consultation while the other two trips are dedicated to applying the veneers.
To prepare for a veneer, your dentist will trim the enamel, reshape the tooth’s surface, take an impression, make a model, and then send the model to a dental laboratory to create the veneer.
While the veneer is created (this usually takes about two to four weeks), temporary veneers can be used.
Once the veneer is created, your dentist will examine its fit and colour, trim it to achieve the best fit, and permanently cement it to your tooth. The colour of the veneer can be adjusted by using different shades of cement.
What Are the
Types of Veneers?
Dental veneers can be made from resin composite materials or porcelain. Both materials offer advantages and disadvantages. It is important to discuss the pros and cons of porcelain and resin composite veneers with your orthodontist.
Considerations for porcelain veneers:
- Stronger and more durable than resin composite veneers
- More costly
- They have the same colour as natural teeth but can be adjusted to brighten the smile
- More resistant to stains
- Mimic natural teeth more since they are better at mimicking the light reflecting properties of natural teeth
Considerations for resin-based composite veneers:
- More affordable than porcelain veneers
- May not last as long
- May break more easily
- Require less enamel removal
- Easier to replace if damaged or broken