What are porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They are custom crafted by a specially trained technician to precisely fit your teeth. Once bonded to your teeth, they are strong and virtually undetectable.
Why choose porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent method of restoring your smile. Lasting, durable and aesthetically beautiful, they are well suited for everyone wanting a more permanent improvement in the appearance of their smile.
Porcelain veneers offer so many dental aesthetic solutions including:
- Closing spaces between teeth,
- Lengthening and widening teeth,
- Modifying the shade (color) of teeth,
- Creating the appearance of perfectly straight teeth,
- Creating a broad smile (movie star smile),
- Dramatic results in as few as 2 appointments.
Veneers often only require minimal tooth preparation, conserving natural tooth structure. They are often used in full mouth rehabilitation treatment and render beautiful, often dramatic smile transformations.
How porcelain veneers are done?
Porcelain veneers may require a local anesthetic (freezing). Your dentist then prepares the enamel on your teeth to make room for the veneers. Then, your dentist makes a mold of your teeth to make your custom porcelain veneers. Your dentist may place temporary veneers to replace the portion of the tooth that was removed until your custom porcelain veneers are ready. The temporary veneers are very fragile and need to be treated gently during eating and cleaning as they come loose very easily. They are only meant to last a short while until your permanent veneers are ready
On your next visit, your dentist removes the temporary veneers. Next we will treat your teeth with a mild chemical. This helps the porcelain veneers stick to your teeth better. The porcelain veneers are then bonded to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement.
Who can get porcelain veneers?
Not every tooth is a good candidate for veneers. We may suggest treatments other than veneers in some of the cases below:
- Your tooth has decay or is in an area that has periodontal disease (gum disease),
- Your tooth has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly,
- Too much of your tooth is missing, a crown may be another option,
- You regularly grind or clench your teeth. This habit is called bruxism and can chip or break porcelain veneers.
We invite you to find out more about this exciting way to conservatively create a gorgeous new smile!
If you feel you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers or have any questions please contact our Grimsby Dental Office to make an appointment by clicking the button below.