Veneers are thin custom-made coverings that conceal the front and side surfaces of your tooth, like a mask or artificial fingernail.
If your teeth are stained, broken, or shaped in a way that is not pleasing to you, then you may want to consider veneers to restore your smile’s beauty.
Veneers are custom made from porcelain and fit precisely over your existing prepared teeth. Even though veneers are a thin covering, they are extremely strong and durable.
While they are not suitable for every patient, veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth including:
Placing veneers provides major change in teeth without the requirement of cutting them down severely.
A healthy “natural” look is achieved with little or no discomfort. However, depending on the situation, crowns or bonding may be suggested instead of veneers.
A thorough dental evaluation can help your dentist assess the general health and cosmetic appearance of your teeth to determine which option is best for you.
Remember it is important to have realistic expectations and to know that although cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, no restoration can replace your natural teeth. If you understand the limitations, you’ll be happier with the final results.
Applying veneers is a two step procedure.
First, your dentist may choose the colour that will best match your natural teeth. Then minimal preparation of the teeth is done. At least half the enamel is left intact to provide a surface to which the veneers is attached.
After preparation, an impression is taken which is sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the porcelain veneers.
Between visits, temporary veneers will be applied to restore the shape of the teeth and to prevent senitivity to hot/cold. You should continue to care for your teeth as usual, brushing and flossing daily.
On your second visit (an hour or less), your dentist fits the custom made veneers onto the prepared teeth.
The greatest about veneers are:
The decision to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers is a very personal one, but even a subtle change can make an exceptional difference in the way you look and feel.
For the healthiest gums use these formulas for brushing, flossing, massaging gums, mouth-rinses, proxa-brushes, sulca-brushes, rubber-tip stimulators to overcome sensitive teeth, to ease the recovery of oral surgery, and for general overall cavity prevention.
A beautiful smile can give patients a lifetime of happiness!