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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

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.

Understanding 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.

Why We Recommend Porcelain Veneers

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.

Getting Porcelain Veneers

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.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Getting fitted with porcelain veneers in Scarborough has excellent benefits for patients, which include:

◦ Being one of the most natural and realistic-looking tooth restoration options available. The porcelain used has the same translucent appearance as natural enamel, and can be almost perfectly matched to your other teeth.

◦ 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.

◦ Glazing the porcelain in an oven during fabrication. This helps to seal the surface and prevent staining. Apart from metal, the porcelain used for veneers is the strongest artificial dental material available currently.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

No discussion of this procedure can be complete without including both the dental veneers pros and cons. Fortunately, the disadvantages are minimal.

It’s important to note that in spite of the strength of the porcelain, no artificial material has quite the same durability as natural tooth enamel. Anything that could chip or break a natural tooth will also damage the porcelain veneer. Since, in many instances, the patient’s natural enamel is damaged or unsightly, however, this is a small sacrifice to make.

The procedure is also slightly more invasive than when using composite resin, because most teeth need some reduction before placing the veneers. Otherwise, even the minimal porcelain veneer thickness could make your tooth appear bulky.

Patients may experience some tooth sensitivity after the procedure, but this can be eased using over-the-counter painkillers and wears off after a few days. You might need to adjust to speaking and chewing feeling slightly different, but this does not last long either.

Cost Factors

As with all types of cosmetic dentistry procedures, veneers are not inexpensive. Cost varies between dentists, but you can expect to pay between $500 and $1,200 per tooth. One question many of our patients ask is “what do porcelain veneers cost with insurance?” and the answer to that is simply “it depends on your insurance.” After examination, our dental team can provide you with an official, written estimate before you begin so you can get pre-approval or a response from your insurance company.

For more information on getting porcelain veneers in Scarborough, set up a consultation with our experienced, compassionate dental team. Please call 416-291-3117 or click here to schedule an appointment today.

How Porcelain Dental Veneers Can Rebuild Your Smile

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.

For more information on porcelain dental veneers , please schedule an appointment with us by calling (416) 291-3117.