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 your look and feel.
Veneers are thin, custom-made ceramic coverings that conceal the front and side surfaces of your tooth. If your teeth are stained, broken, worn, shaped or spaced in a way that is not pleasing to you, then you may want you to consider veneers to restore your smile’s beauty.
Veneers are most often custom made from ceramic materials over your existing teeth and are held in place by a tight bond of resin which adheres the back of the veneer to the prepared tooth. Even though veneers are a thin covering, they are extremely strong and durable and will generally not need to be replaced for 10 years. 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 changes 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, bonding, bleaching, micro abrasion, or orthodontics 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.
You, too, can enjoy the many benefits of laminate veneers, an “art form” devoted to the enhancement of smiles. Using the dental equivalent of the painter’s palette, sculptor’s tools, and artisan’s skills, your dentist can craft you a new, more beautiful smile
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 with your first visit lasting 2 hours, depending on the number of teeth prepared. First, your dentist may choose the colour that will best match your natural teeth. The tooth enamel is removed so the veneer will blend with, rather than overbuild, surrounding teeth. At least half the enamel is left intact to provide a surface to which the veneer is attached. After preparation, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth which will be used to fabricate a model of your teeth.
Between visits, continue to care for your teeth as usual, brushing and flossing daily. Ask your dentist if you should avoid any foods, since your prepared teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold.
On your second visit (an hour or two), your dentist fits the custom made veneers onto the prepared teeth. The veneer is bonded to the front and side surfaces of your tooth. Once the veneer is attached, it is hardened in place for a minute or more with a harmless, high intensity light. Veneers may require slight colour adjustments before they are fitted in place.
You should know:
Those who have bite problems or have a tendency to grind their teeth may not be good candidates for veneers. However, veneers are great alternatives for people who want to give their teeth a “smile-lift” to improve their appearance. If you have further questions about laminate veneers, please ask your dentist.
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