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Cosmetic Dentistry

veneers

 

What are veneers and their advantages?

Veneering a tooth is very similar to placing acrylic fingernails on top of natural nails. Veneers are excellent in enhancing shape and colour of teeth and can certainly improve the appearance of teeth and smile. They are often an alternative to crowns as their procedures are more conservative.

Generally veneers are used to treat the defects of front teeth such as chipped, cracked, discoloured and misaligned or gaps between the teeth. They are constructed from a material that is resistant to staining due to age, tea, coffee or smoking. They also reflect light and are among the most aesthetic restoration available in dentistry today.

However, it is important to note that veneers will not be able to bleach or change colours after bonding to the teeth. At Care, we recommend our patients carefully discuss the desired colours of veneers. And if you would like to have veneers that are whiter than your other teeth, tooth whitening may be necessary.

Call or visit us, Dr. Tony will provide different solutions and plan the treatment that suits you best.
Types of Veneers

There are two types of veneers:

Indirect Veneers or Porcelain Veneers
Direct Veneers.


Indirect Veneers or Porcelain Veneers

Indirect Veneers or Porcelain Veneers are custom-made shells of thin, tooth coloured material, which are then bonded to cover the front of unsightly teeth. With a smoothness and shimmer like a natural tooth, it results in a visually pleasing naturalness.

Your Visits

Application of porcelain veneers is relatively painless. In just two or three visits, you can have a beautiful smile that you always wanted.

First visit

1. To prepare each veneer, a thin layer about the thickness of a fingernail will be removed from the surface of the tooth to allow room for the veneer to be glued into place later.

2. Then, an impression of the prepared teeth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the veneer.

3. Depending on the amount of reduction necessary, a temporary veneer
may be placed. This is not usually necessary and will increase the cost of the procedure.
NOTE: Between the time of the impression and waiting for the fitting of the veneers you may experience slight sensitivity to hot and cold foods. The teeth will feel rough and strange and are more likely to stain. Attention to hygiene is important during this time.
Next visit

1. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned with a chemical that helps bond the veneer to the tooth.

2. A cement is applied between the veneer and your tooth.

3. A special curing light activates the cement to bond the veneer firmly.

Note: A Follow-up appointment may be required in some cases.
Long-Lasting Results

After finishing the procedure Dr. Tony will advise our patients how to best care for their veneers.

The porcelain and the cement used in the cementing process are strong, making veneers comparable in strength to normal teeth. With the proper care and good maintenance, generally the porcelain veneers can last up to 10 or 15 years.

Good dental hygiene is important to extend the life of the veneers. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing after meals will help to prevent decay.

As well, regular visits to us for professional cleaning are recommended. During your visits, the veneers will be polished and any irregularities will be trimmed. The problems during brushing or flossing will be discussed.
Direct Veneers

Direct Veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers and are usually less expensive. However, it depends on the defects of the teeth and the dental needs of each individual.

Direct Veneers seldom require any removal of tooth structure and do not require impressions or laboratory manufacturing. The procedures are done within a single visit.

Your Visit

1. The tooth is prepared by etching its surface, and an adhesive coating surface is applied.

2. Similar to bonding, a layer of a putty-like bonded ceramic materials are then applied to re-create the natural colour of the tooth’s entire front surface.

3. With a special light, the ceramic material is cured and hardens throughout the layering process.

4. The cured material is then contoured, shaped and highly polished creating a very natural looking tooth.
Long-Lasting Results

Direct veneers require more maintenance than porcelain veneers because they are not as strong as porcelain veneers and may chip or break if the bite is incorrect. However, with the proper care, direct veneers may last for many years.

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