Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic which are bonded to the front of the teeth. This procedure requires little or no anaesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve the smile.
Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's colour, size or shape.
Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline.
They are ideal for masking discoloured fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.
The process begins by minimally preparing the front surfaces of your teeth in order to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Impressions of your teeth are then taken along with precise specifications and measurements which will be used to fabricate your custom veneers. Once made, the porcelain shells are securely and permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, completing the process within 2 to 3 days.
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials - in Dental Prime Clinic we use IPS E.MAX material and technology.
With veneers—as opposed to crowns—your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer.
For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.
Some patients are looking for an alternative to traditional dental veneers or bonding, but be aware that this treatment option is not appropriate for everyone.
Just as with porcelain veneers, “no-prep” or minimal preparation veneers— so called because they typically don’t require the dentist to remove as much tooth material—are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Often, the placement of no-prep veneers can be done more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional veneers.
Come to our clinic and we will tell you if you are a good candidate for minimal preparation or “no-prep” veneers and if this option makes a sensible treatment plan.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dental professional.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we can make a night-time bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.
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