The public interest in cosmetic dentistry has risen globally in recent years, and studies show this is a trend that’s likely to continue. One of the most popular and economical ways to enhance the appearance of your smile is through the placement of porcelain veneers. Our Scarborough office has a wealth of experience in helping patients with this option. Here’s everything you need to know about getting dental veneers.
A veneer is an incredibly thin covering that is bonded to each tooth to hide discolouration, cracks, gaps or crooked positioning. Each one is custom-made to fit the individual tooth it’s intended for, as well as the patient’s face and dimensions. A dental veneer can cover an entire tooth or just a section of the tooth. This can both make each covered tooth look better, as well as protecting and supporting it from future damage.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin materials. The process of fitting veneers depends on the product you choose. While composite veneers are less expensive, they are more likely to stain or chip and don’t last as long as porcelain veneers. Our Scarborough dentists recommend porcelain veneers, which are also more biologically compatible and less prone to causing inflammation of the gum tissues.
To get one or more porcelain veneers in Scarborough, you’ll begin with a consultation to discuss the problems you want rectified, the procedure itself and any concerns you might have. For the actual placement, our dentist numbs the area with a local anesthetic, then prepares the tooth (or teeth) with some painless filing. This removes a thin outer layer of enamel and ensures space for the veneer. Then we’ll take impressions of the tooth and send it to our dental laboratory, where veneers are manufactured for a precise fit and look based on the moulds of the teeth.
These are sent back to our office and you’ll come in for another scheduled visit to have them fitted in the mouth. Once you’re completely satisfied, we’ll bond the porcelain veneers permanently to the teeth. This can take one or several appointments, depending on the number of veneers and the complexity of your case.
Getting fitted with porcelain veneers in Scarborough has excellent benefits for patients, which include:
◦ Bonding to the underlying structure of the tooth, not just placed on the outside surface. This causes a chemical adhesion at a microscopic level, which means they are incredibly durable and long-lasting, effectively becoming part of your tooth. If you’re wondering how long do veneers last, we can affirm that with good dental hygiene and maintenance of your gums and natural teeth, they will last 15 to 20 years unless damage occurs during tooth trauma or injury.
Few things are more important to your confidence than a healthy smile. If you have chipped, stained or crooked teeth, or gaps between them, smiling warmly can be difficult. Many people are self-conscious and having a damaged smile can result in avoiding showing their teeth during interactions with others. In both the business and social worlds, this could be detrimental to building good relationships, too.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways we can resolve their problems, and porcelain dental veneers is one of the most popular methods.
What Porcelain Veneers Are
Porcelain veneers are exceptionally thin porcelain shells made to cover theoutside area of your teeth. These shells are cemented onto the front of the teeth, to change their appearance in terms of color, shape, size, or length. Veneers are strong and look completely natural, and the material used is chosen carefully to match your other teeth.
When you opt for veneers, your dentist will remove the tiniest amount of surface enamel from each tooth to make space for the covering. Your veneers are manufactured according to an impression of your teeth, and when they are ready you’ll come in for another visit. The dentist will position the covers over each tooth and bond it with dental cement.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Apart from giving you the best teeth in your family, the material used to make these veneers is very strong and long-lasting. As long as you take care of your teeth, your veneers could last up to 15 years, depending on how they are fitted. They are also resistant to staining, so you will need less time and cost for keeping your teeth white in the future.
Fitting veneers is painless and it can often be done without anesthesia or dental sedation. You can choose from a wide range of shades, so it’s entirely within your power to decide how white your teeth are. The procedure is not reversible, though, so once the veneers are cemented you can’t change the colour.
Veneers might be tough, but it is possible to damage them by biting into ice , fingernails, or opening things with your teeth, so you’ll have to refrain from doing things like that. You might experience a few rough spots on your teeth from extra dental cement sticking to them during the fitting, but after a few days of normal eating and tooth brushing these usually disappear.
Taking Care of Porcelain Veneers
You can take care of your porcelain veneers exactly the same way as you care for your own natural teeth. You can stick to your normal daily oral hygiene routine, but it’s best to switch to a nonabrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the veneers. Brush and floss twice daily, and in between if possible, and use an antiseptic mouth rinse at least once a day.
Your dental hygienist will also need to use nonabrasive toothpastes from here on, and if you clench or grind your teeth during sleep you might need a nightguard to protect them.
Even people who are exceptionally self-conscious about the state of their teeth can benefit from the difference fitting porcelain veneers will make to their appearance.