At Willowbrook Dental Clinic, our dentists can treat gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth with wonderful results and very conservatively, using porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth.
This procedure by which we apply veneers requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of your front teeth.
Porcelain veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and to improve your smile.
Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, veneers are natural in appearance, and are a great choice for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Why a porcelain veneer?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to dental crowns in many situations, since they provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size, or shape.
Veneers can mask undesirable defects such as tetracycline stains, irregularities from an injury to the teeth, or discolouration as a result of root-canal therapy.
Patients with gaps between their front teeth, or chips in their front teeth also have excellent results with veneers.
Generally, veneers will last for many years - this technique for immediately enhancing your smile has shown remarkable longevity.
What happens during the procedure?
The porcelain veneers procedure takes place in 3 parts, over 3 separate appointments:
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
It's very important that you take an active role in the treatment planning phase. Spend time with us in the decision-making and planning of how you want your smile to look. It may be necessary to have more than one consultation for you to feel comfortable that we understand your objectives.
Preparation of Teeth
In preparation for the porcelain veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed down to make enough room for the added thickness of the veneer. Typically, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, and this portion of the procedure might require local anesthetic.
Next, A mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory at which the veneers will be fabricated. This usually takes 1 - 2 weeks.
The final appointment is when the veneers will be bonded to the teeth. Your dentist will first fit the veneer on your tooth temporarily to evaluate the fit and colour.
Once the dentist is satisfied that your veneer looks exactly right, he will apply it permanently with a special bonding cement, and then cure and harden it with a special light beam.
Finally, he will remove any excess cement, evaluate your bite, and make any final adjustments necessary.
While porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, they are not perfect replacements. It is not unusual to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers on close inspection. In fact, this occurs even in natural teeth.
Nonetheless, this procedure can significantly enhance the appearance of your smile, and can do a lot to improve your self-esteem.
We often recommend that our patients who are having significant restorative work done (crowns, implants, veneers, bridges, for instance) do a course of bleaching prior to having the work done.
Otherwise, the restorative work colour will be matched to the more yellow or grey teeth, and there is no way to change the colour afterwards.