Have you ever looked at your smile and wished you could get an entirely new set of teeth: brighter, taller, with more attractive shapes? Dental veneers may be able to grant your wish. These advanced ceramic facades let us whiten and reshape your healthy teeth. It’s almost like getting a brand new set of teeth. Veneers aren’t just a comprehensive solution, either–they are often the best solution to your cosmetic concerns.
To learn whether veneer are the answer to your wishes for a beautiful smile, please call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment with our cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens in Kanata.
What Veneers Can Do
Veneers are one of the most powerful procedures in cosmetic dentistry. They can achieve many cosmetic benefits, including:
- Whitening discoloured teeth
- Closing gaps in your smile
- Repairing chipped or worn teeth
- Building up small or poorly shaped teeth
- Straightening crooked teeth
Veneers give your teeth an entirely new visible surface. Any problem that’s related to the appearance of your actual teeth can be improved with veneers. This means that cosmetic concerns about healthy teeth can be addressed, but they aren’t suitable for unhealthy teeth or replacing missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers are often our best option for achieving your cosmetic goals. That’s because veneers:
- Aren’t limited by your natural teeth
- Are relatively quick
- Look beautiful and natural
- Easy to care for
- Resist stains
- Are strong
- Last for a decade or more
Because veneers give your teeth new visible surfaces, they aren’t limited by your natural tooth enamel. While teeth whitening might not brighten your teeth enough, veneers can make them as white as you want them.
Veneers are also very easy to care for–just treat them like natural teeth. Brush, floss, and make regular dental appointments.
While dental veneers aren’t as quick as bonding–they take two visits spaced a couple of weeks apart–they are much quicker than orthodontics, so when you’re closing gaps or straightening teeth, you can see results in weeks as opposed to months or even years.
The ceramic used for veneers and crowns have the bright lustre of tooth enamel, making them the most natural-looking cosmetic restorations. They are highly stain-resistant and very strong–stronger than tooth enamel, in fact. This makes them very long-lasting. Veneers usually last more than 10 years, and with proper placement and care, they can last 20 years or more.
How Dental Veneers Work
Veneers replace the existing surface of your natural teeth. We have to remove the tooth enamel to make room for these facades, typically about half a millimetre. Then we will take impressions of your prepared teeth, which we send to the dental lab. We fit you with temporary veneers that look attractive but aren’t as strong as the final veneers.
The lab then crafts your veneers. When they’re ready, we’ll call you in. First, we check the fit and color to make sure they’re right, then we bond them to your teeth.
Many people are confused about whether these are the same as “porcelain veneers” some dentists offer. Yes and no. Originally, veneers were made of true porcelain, which is how they got the name. However, now dental veneers are made of advanced ceramics that are stronger than your tooth enamel but still look like natural tooth enamel.
But sometimes people still call them “porcelain” because it’s an adjective that describes their lustrous whiteness. It’s similar to the way some people still use “tin can” or “tin foil,” though there may be little to no tin in either case.
Limitations of Veneers
While veneers are a great cosmetic dentistry treatment, they