The problem: Cracked, chipped, misaligned, stained, or broken teeth
If you’re looking for a more radiant smile, veneers can provide an excellent solution. In fact, they are the secret to many of those brilliant celebrity teeth you see flashing down the red carpet. In this guide, we’ll give you an up close look into one of the best smile improving technologies around.
What are Veneers and what do they do?
Most veneers are an incredibly strong form of porcelain that fit around your teeth to form a protective outer layer. Some veneers are made from composite resin, but porcelain is much better at imitating the properties of natural teeth. Additionally, because porcelain is so durable, it is highly effective at resisting decay, chips and even stains. As such, veneers will protect your teeth while also giving you a smile that is both whiter and brighter.
Who are Veneers right for?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for people with teeth that are chipped, worn, misaligned, uneven, and irregularly shaped as they simply fit over these imperfections. For the same reason, they are also appropriate for patients with discoloured teeth. Veneers can also fill in gaps between unevenly spaced teeth. Many patients opt for porcelain veneers after they have damaged a tooth, while many others add them widely throughout their mouth to improve the appearance of their smile. They are a long lasting and impactful solution.
What happens during the procedure?
Your dentist will apply your veneers in three steps:
1) Treatment Planning
In your first session, your dentist will diagnose your teeth and determine whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for porcelain veneers. This is your time to communicate vocally about what you’re looking for. At this time, your dentist may also take x rays of your teeth. They will also note the colour and texture of your teeth to ensure your veneers are well-blended with your natural teeth.
2) Tooth Preparation
In order to apply porcelain veneers, your dentist will need to remove about as much enamel from the tooth as the veneer will add so that your teeth don’t bulge after the procedure. Generally, this is about half a millimeter of enamel. Don’t worry: you’ll receive an excellent anaesthetic before this part of the procedure begins. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to the dental lab that will be constructing your veneer.
Once the veneers are sent back from the lab (generally in about one to two weeks), your dentist will first ensure that they match your teeth. Your dentist will then roughen the tooth by cleaning, polishing and etching it so that it can better bond to the cement to which the veneer will be applied. When the veneer is properly positioned on your teeth, your dentist will use a light to activate the bonding chemicals so that they harden. Now completely bonded, your dentist will remove any excess cement.
Of course, your dentist will want to follow-up with you in a few weeks to make any tweaks and see how you’re doing. They will take special care to check your gums to make sure the procedure hasn’t caused them any irritation. That’s it!
How effective are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are designed to be used long term — and they can be, just as long as you maintain them as well as you would care for your natural teeth. That includes brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, as well as taking care whenever you bite into hard foods.