Veneers are an important part of cosmetic dentistry. If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of the tooth or to protect or restore the tooths surface. They can be used to restore a single damaged or discoloured tooth or multiple teeth for that “Hollywood” smile.
Veneers look like natural teeth and can be used to correct a wider range of dental issues such as:
– Teeth that are stained yellow and can’t be whitened by bleaching
– Chipped or worn edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance
– Crooked or misshapen teeth
– Provide a uniform colour, shape and symmetry to make the teeth appear straight
– Uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
– Lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear
At Cathedral Dental we offer an entire range of veneers. Your dentist will discuss which veneer best suits you. Veneers that we use are direct composite, porcelain, Edelweiss as well as partial. Veneers are custom-made ceramics and offer a non-invasive approach that improves your smile without damaging existing healthy teeth. We will bond a custom-made veneer that matches the colour of your other teeth so that everything looks as natural as possible.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
– they are strong and long-lasting
– they have a natural-looking surface
– less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
– they don’t stain easily
– they reflect light to mimic the properties in your real teeth
COMPOSITE RESIN VENEERS
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-coloured filling material which is bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of composite resin veneers:
– usually less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for porcelain veneers or crowns
– fewer visits to the dentist in some cases – sometimes these veneers can take just one visit
– cost less than porcelain veneers
– are easy to fix if they get damaged (although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly)
Before you get Veneers
– Your teeth and gums must be healthy. Our dentists can treat any disease or decay before your veneers are placed
– Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth as they may chip or break.
– Although minimal tooth enamel is removed for veneers, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed
– It is possible for veneers to come loose over time and new ones may be needed
– As with all your dental care, discuss with our dentists at your appointment all your expectations and treatment options. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
After you get Veneers
– Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing or biting on hard objects
– It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your new veneers. Let your dentist know if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. They will correct it before you leave the surgery
– Keep your gums and teeth clean by brushing and flossing every day. You can still get cavities under or around your veneers
– If you clench or grind your teeth, it is recommended that you wear a plastic night guard while you sleep to protect the veneers