Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for various dental conditions. Much like braces or dentures, porcelain veneers can improve more than your smile. It can also improve your bite and protect you from complications that result from damaged teeth.
Porcelain veneers are customized shells that dentists use to cover the front side of your tooth. Once bonded, veneers can alter the colour, length, shape, and size of your teeth. Dentists permanently bond these veneers to your teeth to help improve your appearance and your bite.
These are traditionally made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Unlike dental braces, you have the option to get only one veneer or as many as you need. If your goal is a more even smile, you may need as many as 6 to 8 veneers.
Porcelain veneers can remedy a wide range of dental problems including:
If you want to get porcelain veneers for your teeth, don’t expect to get them in one day. The procedure involves a few steps to ensure you get the right fit. Getting veneers typically takes 3 visits to your dentist over a few weeks.
Here’s what you can expect before and after you get porcelain veneers:
On your first visit, you need to communicate with your dentist about what you want for your teeth. Discuss with them how many veneers you want and why you’re getting them. During this time, they will explain the procedure to you, as well as discuss some of its limits.
Your dentist will then examine your teeth using X-rays. They will check for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. If they can’t find these signs, then you can be a candidate for getting veneers.
Your dentist will prepare your teeth by reshaping the surface of your tooth. Before doing so, you and your dentist will decide if they should numb the area before trimming the enamel off to ensure that the process is painless.
They will trim your teeth down to about half a millimeter with a grinding tool to remove the enamel. They will then take an impression of your teeth. This mould is sent to a dental laboratory where they will customize veneers according to the impression.
You will have to wait for 2 to 4 weeks for the veneers to come back from the dental laboratory. In the meantime, they can give you temporary veneers.
When your veneers are ready, your dentist needs to prepare them for bonding. They will first evaluate the shape, fit, and colour by placing them on your teeth. For the veneers to fit perfectly, your dentist takes time to remove parts and trim edges off the veneers.
After finalizing its shape and fit, they will thoroughly clean your teeth to prevent trapping bacteria. A grinding tool is then used to etch your teeth to create a rough texture that makes it easier for the bonding process. Dental cement is applied to the veneers before they are positioned on your teeth. To secure the veneers, a UV light is used to harden the cement.
Your dentist will also perform any necessary adjustments, like removing excess cement and checking your bite.
Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit a couple of weeks after the procedure. They will check on your gums and the placement of the veneers.
Veneers don’t require any special care. Continue practicing good dental hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. However, while they are stain-resistant, your dentist might recommend that you avoid foods and drinks that can discolour your teeth.
There are multiple things to consider if you are planning to have this procedure done. While they offer several benefits, there are also some disadvantages. Here are a few pros and cons of veneers for your teeth:
Getting porcelain veneers can help change the appearance and overall look of your teeth. Porcelain veneers costs vary, depending on your geo-location, your goals, the number of veneers, the material used, and the affiliated dental laboratory. They are a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to improve their smile.
However, before deciding to get them, make sure that this procedure is the right one for you.
If you’re looking for dental services, turn to Galloro Dental Group. We offer a comprehensive range of solutions for your dental needs. Whether you are looking to improve your smile with porcelain veneers or simply have your regular teeth cleaning, give us a call. Dial (416) 483-9600 or email us at [email protected] for inquiries or to book an appointment.