dental veneersAre your teeth a little bit “off” – a crooked tooth, or discoloured, or maybe upper teeth that are a bit too long? These are problems that your dentist can help correct.

In some cases, dental veneers are the perfect solution.

Veneers are sometimes compared to false fingernails. Yes, I’m not kidding! And they produce wonderful results. Our patients love them!

Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells shaped like your teeth. We create them from porcelain or a resin composite. The shell will match the colour of your natural teeth perfectly. These very thin shells will be bonded to the front of your teeth.

Voila! They can change thecolour, shape, and size of a tooth – improving appearance greatly.

With veneers, you can get a smile makeover. Patients walk away smiling at the difference. I bet they get more dates the very next day (if they’re not married, that is). Everyone loves having a better-looking smile. Especially if you’ve put up with bad teeth for awhile. Right?

Benefits of dental veneers:

  • Transform discoloured teeth due to root canal treatment, stains from medication, or other causes.
  • Beautify and restore worn, chipped or broken teeth.
  • Smile makeover that corrects misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth.
  • Instantly close gaps between teeth.
  • Colour matches your natural teeth; materials are very durable.

Risks of veneers:

We must talk about the risks. Typically everything goes perfectly. Patients are nearly singing, they’re so happy. But as with any elective dental treatment, there may also be risks involved.

  • You’ve got to have a competent dentist perform this procedure. Make sure you do your research correctly and ask to view testimonials and see photographic evidence.
  • Surgical mistakes can be made- removal of too much enamel or incorrectly bonding the veneer to the tooth structure. We take great care to make sure that doesn’t happen.
  • If the veneers are bonded incorrectly, veneer shifting can occur. The veneers will move either laterally or longitudinally- the veneers therefore recede from the gum line. This can lead to tooth decay. Again, we take extra care to make sure this doesn’t occur.
  • Take your time to ensure the dentist you’ve selected is a qualified and competent one.
  • Ensure that you’ve read up on all the necessary material to get an idea of the scope of your responsibilities once you are outfitted with dental veneers.

What’s the process for getting veneers?

Exam. Your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if dental veneers are right for you. You will learn what’s involved in the procedure (usually two or three appointments). You may have x-rays and  impressions of your teeth.

Preparation. Your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a tiny amount of enamel from the tooth’s surface. Then, your dentist will make impressions of your teeth, which may be sent to a dental laboratory. This is the model for your veneers.

Application. When it’s time to apply the veneer to your tooth, the dentist will trim it to achieve exact fit. The colour may also need adjustment. Then, the tooth will be prepared to ensure a strong bonding process. This involves “roughing up” the tooth with a polishing and etching method. A special cement is applied to the veneer, and the veneer is applied to your tooth.

A special light will activate chemicals in the cement so it hardens quickly. The dentist will then make any adjustments – and your smile makeover is complete!


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