Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers

 

What are the Uses of Dental Veneers?

Veneers are a very thin material used to cover the front of  a tooth. They are custom-made to fit perfectly over the tooth’s surface and change the tooth’s color, size, length or shape. Dental veneers are made out of porcelain or a resin composite material. Porcelain is better at resisting stains than resin is and they look more natural. Resin is a lot thinner and requires less of the tooth’s surface be removed before they are placed. Discuss the type of veneer material with your Markham dentist.

What problems do veneers solve?

Veneers are used for several different problems. They are commonly used for:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Teeth that are very worn
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth
  • Teeth that have gaps between them

How Difficult is it to get dental veneers?

It will take about three separate dentist visits to have veneers applied. It is possible to do more than one tooth at a time but they all require the same process. The dentist will look at your teeth and determine if veneers can achieve the result you desire. They may take some x-rays and also take impressions of your teeth and mouth. In order to get the tooth ready for a veneer, the dentist will take off a thin layer of the tooth’s surface. He may give you a local anesthetic before he begins.

The dentist will have to make an impression or model of our tooth and it will be sent out so that the veneer can be created. It might take as long as one or two weeks to receive the veneers back from the lab. Before the dentist can permanently cement the veneer to your tooth, they will make sure to match the color and size. He will then clean, polish and etch your tooth so the boding process is successful. The veneer will be positioned properly using a special cement. You may need to come back for a follow-up visit to make sure that your gums are responding to the veneer in a positive manner.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

Veneers have several benefits such as providing the appearance of a natural tooth. Porcelain veneers tend to resist stains and it doesn’t irritate the gums like other substances. A veneer can be chosen that makes teeth look brighter. Veneers don’t require a lot of shaping before the procedure like crowns; and they offer a must stronger, more appealing alternative. Veneers are a much more conservative method for changing the shape and color of a tooth.

How long will dental veneers last?

Dental veneers typically last from 5 to 10 years. At some point they will have to be replaced. They do not need any special care as long as you follow regular dental hygiene habits like brushing and flossing like normal. Your dentist might recommend that you avoid foods that cause stains like wine, tea or coffee. But as a general rule, veneers are stain resistant.