They say that a bright white smile can take years off and make you look and feel better. Most people are not born with perfect, beautiful teeth. But just because you were not born with perfect teeth doesn’t mean you have to spend a lifetime smiling with your mouth closed. There are a variety of cosmetic dental options available that will help give you a smile that you want to show off.
Genetics, trauma, medications, illness and lifestyle habits such as your diet and smoking can cause your teeth to be misshapen, discoloured or damaged. That’s where veneers can help.
Veneers are thin layers of ceramic or composite resin that are bonded to the surface of the teeth for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes, giving you a natural looking, beautiful smile. For patients with chipped or cracked teeth, veneers are placed on the surface of the teeth to strengthen the tooth structure while giving the front area of the teeth a perfectly symmetrical appearance. Likewise, patients with stains, discolouration, minor misalignments or gaps, can correct the appearance of these imperfections through the application of durable, natural-looking composite or porcelain veneer technology. Many patients with worn-down, damaged or malpositioned teeth have been able to benefit from a complete smile makeover with veneers. Other patients have had single damaged, stained or misaligned tooth corrected with the placement of a single veneer.
Your first step is to make an appointment with our office to see if you are a good candidate for veneers. Then, you can decide what type you want, porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger, more durable and are resistant to staining, making them a popular choice. Composite resin veneers can often be done in one visit instead of the two required for porcelain.
To prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers, the dentist will need to file down a thin layer of enamel from your teeth (don’t worry – you can opt for a local anesthetic). Then, a mould of your teeth is made. From this impression, your veneers will be custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth. While your permanent veneers are being made, you can opt for temporary ones. Once your porcelain veneers are ready, the dentist will apply a mild chemical that will make the surface of your teeth rougher, allowing the veneers to stick better. A composite resin cement is then used to glue the veneers to your teeth.
The process for composite resin veneers is different. The teeth are first roughed up a bit through the use of a mild chemical. Then the composite resin is applied to your teeth in layers. The dentist will choose a shade that will best match the colour of your natural teeth. After each layer has been a applied, a bright light is used to harden it. Once all of the layers have been applied and hardened, they are shaped to form your tooth.
Both porcelain and composite resin veneers can give you a natural looking smile – one you will want to show off as often as you can!