Cosmetic dental veneers made of porcelain or composite resin material. Dental veneers are thin custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials allow the dentist to cover the front surface of tooth or teeth for patients who want to improve smile appearance.
What types of problems do dental veneers fix?
Dental veneers are used to fix:
Teeth that are discoloured - this occurs if a tooth had a root canal, stains from tetracycline or other drugs. Sometimes excessive fluoride can cause tooth discolouration.
Extensive resin dental filling that was placed a while ago and changed colour due to its age;
Teeth that are chipped or broken;
Teeth that are worn down;
Teeth that are misaligned;
Teeth that have an irregular shape (have bulges in them or have craters);
Teeth with gaps, especially front teeth (dental veneers allow to close the space between teeth).
Our dental lab will match veneers to your natural teeth colour. The shape, lengths, size and distance between the teeth can be adjusted, which makes cosmetic veneers a popular option in cosmetic dentistry.
How a dentist prepares a dental veneer?
Our dentist will remove a small amount, about 1/2 millimetre of enamel from the surface of the tooth, which is an approximate amount of your porcelain veneers. Before removing a thin layer of your tooth structure, our dentist, along with you will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area.
Next step will be for our dentist to make a mold of your teeth, also known as teeth impressions. This mould goes to our dental laboratory, that makes final veneers that closely match your natural tooth colour.
It usually takes two to three weeks to receive your veneers back from the laboratory. For uneven teeth that do not look appealing, while waiting for our dental laboratory, our dentist will make temporary veneers.
How long do dental veneers last?
Although dental veneers are a permanent solution, the porcelain may require replacement over the years. Normally, dental veneers are very durable and strong, but some factors need to be considered to make sure dental veneers are your best option. For people with strong teeth grinding habits, dental veneers might not be the best option, so consult with your dentist prior to the procedure.
Keeping up with your regular oral hygiene is essential when considering the life span of your veneers. People who get teeth cleaning regularly will generally see veneers last longer.
Dental veneers generally last between seven (7) and fifteen (15) years.
Do dental veneers require special care?
Dental veneers do not require any special attention. Continue to follow your good oral health habits, such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly and rinsing the mouthwash as you normally would.
In general, dental veneers resist staining; however, our dentist may recommend that you avoid stain-causing foods or drinks such as coffee, tea or red wine.
Are there alternatives to dental veneers?
Alternatives to dental veneers include bondings and dental crowns. Depending on your treatment case, missing or misaligned tooth structure, other treatments like dental implants, dental bridges or fillings can be more appropriate. Please contact our dentist Burlington, On office to schedule your consultation to learn more about cosmetic dentistry options available for your specific case.
How much do veneers cost?
Costs of veneers vary depending on the extent of your procedure. The exact cost can only be calculated during your treatment planning. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit/Interac and cash. We also offer easy financing options provided through Desjardins financing.
Generally, dental veneers range in price from $1,000 to $2,000 per tooth. The cost of veneers is not usually covered by insurance. To make sure and be confident, check with your specific dental insurance company.
Choose the whiteness of your desired smile
Change your tooth appearance, cover undesired imperfections with dental veneers at our family cosmetic dentist. While working with our dentist on your veneers, you can choose your future veneer colour whiteness and match it as close to your natural teeth as possible.
What are the advantages of dental veneers?
Dental veneers provide a natural tooth appearance;
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant;
The colour of porcelain veneers can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter and match your natural teeth;
Gum tissue tolerates porcelain material well;
Dental veneers consider being a more conservative approach to changing tooth colour and shape and do not require extensive shaping to prepare your tooth for the procedure, unlike dental crowns do.
What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?
The procedure is not reversible;
Dental veneers are not repairable should they chip or crack;
Due to removed tooth enamel, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages;
Veneers may not exactly match the colour of your other teeth;
Veneer colour cannot be changed once it is permanently bonded, we can still change colour before it is permanently attached;
Although unlikely, veneers can dislodge and fall off (to minimize chances of this happening, avoid biting your nails, chewing on pens, ice or other hard objects);
Teeth with dental veneers can still get tooth decay, and if it is an extensive decay it will require a full dental crown to cover the entire surface of the tooth;
Dental veneers are not a good option for patients with unhealthy teeth (if you have active gum disease or severely decayed teeth) or an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface;
Patients that have bruxism (teeth grinding) are not good candidates for dental veneers as these can cause the veneers to crack or chip.