Cosmetic dental veneers are ultra-thin shells of enamel like porcelain that are handcrafted by dental ceramists. They are permanently bonded to the front of the teeth that are severely discoloured, poorly shaped or slightly crooked, chipped or worn.
Veneers are used to correct uneven spaces or a gap, or to lighten front teeth that are naturally yellow or have a grey cast which can’t be whitened by bleaching.
How is Veneer Procedure done?
The Dental Veneer procedure can be completed in two dental visits over the course of 2 weeks. The visits are comprehensive and can require several hours of examination and tooth preparation.
We work with you to select the best tooth colour or maybe a number of shades for extra detail and harmony. As a part of this process, we occasionally recommend teeth whitening before you begin the porcelain veneer treatment to achieve the best results.
Based on diagnostic wax-up models, we will determine dimensions of Porcelain Veneers that will suit your face and then we advise how much tooth structure needs to be altered if any. We then take an impression or digital scan of your teeth from which a model of your mouth will be made. We also take numerous digital photos to communicate to the master ceramist the desired results.
Since there is an approximately two week period to fabricate the Porcelain Veneers, temporary veneers are fabricated and fitted. The temporaries will give you a preview of the expected outcome and also help us identify adjustments that may be needed during the fabrication of the permanent tooth Porcelain Veneers.
How long do Veneers last?
The expected lifetime of a Porcelain Veneer is somewhere between seven and twenty years. Veneers sometimes come off or chip. If this happens, they usually can either be repair or replace them. Also, over time, the living tooth and gum tissue around the veneers will undergo changes that may require alterations to your veneers.