If you have tooth gaps, discolouration, or chipped teeth, you may have often thought about how nice it would be to have a completely different smile. Is there any way you can change the way your smile looks? Thanks to dental veneers, you have the opportunity to make a big change! Veneers provide a “false front” that can revolutionize your smile.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or resin that measure less than 1.5mm in thickness. These shells are then used to cover your teeth and hide any imperfections to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.
Veneers are used for many of the same reasons as bonding but they involve a different procedure. The first step is to prepare the tooth and take an impression of the tooth. A temporary filling may be used while the impression is being custom created at a dental laboratory. Once the veneer has been created, it is cemented into place.
Veneers can transform your smile
Veneers are used to fix a number of aesthetic concerns with teeth such as:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Discoloured or stained teeth
- Worn or chipped teeth
Typically, veneers are highly stain-resistant and durable, often lasting from ten to fifteen years. This makes them a great choice as a solution for anyone seeking that perfect smile without the worry of extra upkeep or incurring a costly dental bill.
What are the advantages of Dental Veneers?
Veneers offer the following advantages:
- They provide a natural tooth appearance. The colour can be matched to your actual tooth colour.
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant, so they usually stain less than your actual teeth, keeping them whiter for long.
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape; veneers generally don't require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Veneers might be the right solution for you if:
- You have healthy teeth and gums, no decay or disease
- You have a sufficiently thick layer of enamel
- Your teeth aren't significantly damaged
- You do not habitually grind or clench your teeth or suffer from bruxism
During your first appointment, our dentist will give you a local anesthetic to minimized pain and make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. A thin layer of enamel will be extracted from the front of your tooth to make room for the veneer. Next your teeth impressions will be taken so the veneers can fit to the form of your teeth. Now that your teeth are prepared, temporary veneers will be applied while the permanent veneers are being made. These temporary veneers are thin porcelain or ceramic shells that are attached using a durable bonding agent.
In your second appointment, we remove the temporary veneers and replace them with your permanent veneers.
Veneers are permanent and can't be removed, therefore they are treated the same as natural teeth. This means brushing and flossing daily is important along with regularl professional care.
Although veneers are designed for long-term wear, they can still become cracked or discoloured like natural teeth. If this happens, they will need to be replaced.
Although veneers are more expensive and time-consuming than bonding, they are less expensive than opting for crowns (and also conserve the natural tooth, as a bonus). If you are looking for a dentist in Leduc to find a solution for worn, stained or misaligned teeth, give Alexandra Park Dental a call at 780.986.6500 and our dentists can help you find an affordable solution, such as veneers.
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