Veneers

A perfect smile

Veneers are one of the most conservative treatments that satisfy the patient’s aesthetic, structural, and biologic requirements; and have the mechanical requirements to provide clinical durability.

Why Choose Veneers?

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Composite veneers

Composite veneers are manufactured right on the premises by the dentist, and applied directly to the teeth. A single appointment is all that’s needed for this procedure, which will bring back your dazzling smile and hide any imperfections.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers serve the same purpose as composite veneers. However, they are made in a laboratory. Porcelain veneers are a little like false nails in that they are made to measure and cemented onto the tooth surface. The full procedure requires two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and take the impression that will serve to make the veneer in the lab; and a second to cement the veneer onto the tooth.

Which type is right for you?

Both veneer types offer the following benefits:

  • A more attractive smile while preserving healthy teeth.
  • A more uniform smile in terms of tooth color and shape.

Types of Veneers

Benefits of porcelain veneers:

  • Preserve the bright, slightly translucent appearance of natural teeth.
  • Longer-lasting than composite.
  • Do not change color over time.

Benefits of composite veneers:

  • Several veneers can be applied in a single visit.
  • Less expensive than porcelain.
  • Easy to repair if needed.

Zirconia

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Zirconia porcelain veneers are often ideal for patients who have teeth that are more severely damaged or decayed. These restorations can be stronger than traditional porcelain veneers, and offer a compromised tooth some structural reinforcement.

FAQs

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made of tooth colored materials (either from porcelain or tooth-colored plastic filling materials) that are custom made and bonded to your teeth to improve their appearance (changing the color, shape, size or length).  Porcelain veneers are usually made in the lab and are more resistant to staining compared to veneers made of tooth colored filling material.

Why do I need Dental Veneers/What are Dental Veneers benefits?

Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth.  Veneers are a good solution to close a gap that may exist between your front teeth.

What is Involved in Getting a Dental Veneer?

Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a 3-step process.

The first step is to get a consultation with the dentist.  At this visit, you can outline your concerns with the dentist, and he or she will explain how veneers will work for you.  The dentist may prescribe X-rays or take impressions of your teeth. Photos will be taken for a digital smile design.

The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer.  A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is taken.  The dentist will then place temporary veneers.

At the third appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.

In the case of veneers made from tooth colored filling material, this is a one-appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth.  This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist stain as well as a porcelain veneer.

What are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?

The preparation of veneers preserve the most amount of tooth structure as very little needs to be removed.  They can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers.  The color can be custom selected and in the case of porcelain veneers they are extremely stain resistant.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Veneers?

Once you have had your tooth prepared for the veneer, the process is not reversible.  In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer.  With people who have poor gum health, veneers are not a good option.  It is important not to have habits like pen chewing or nail-biting as these can crack the veneer.  In addition, people who grind or clench their teeth are at risk for chipping or cracking their veneers.  Lastly, veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important that you maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Typically, a veneer lasts approximately 10-15 years.  They do not require any special care other than regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist.

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