Rediscover Your Radiant Smile with Veneers
Dental veneers are used to beautify the appearance of healthy teeth, to treat cavities, or to repair broken teeth. They can change the color, shape, angle, and spacing of your teeth to give you greater self-confidence, and can repair cracked, broken, and chipped teeth.
What Are Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain, ceramic, or composite that covers the surface of the tooth. Veneers only cover the surface of the tooth, making them an effective alternative to crowns if you’re hoping to preserve your existing teeth. The procedure is less invasive and requires less tooth cutting than crowns, preserving more of your natural tooth.
How Are Veneers Used?
A dental veneer has several uses, but is mainly used to improve the aesthetics of one or more teeth. A dental veneer can also be used to:
- Close a diastema (natural gap between the teeth)
- Improve tooth colouration
- Improve the shape of teeth
- Improve alignment
Will Veneers Work for My Teeth?
For those who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, veneers are often an ideal solution. The vast majority of people are candidates for dental veneers. If your teeth are healthy, but the shape or color does not suit you, this treatment option could work for you. Our team of dentists may recommend a dental crown or implant in lieu of a veneer, depending on the case.
Types of Veneers
Composite veneers are rarer than those made of porcelain or ceramic. They are less expensive and can be modeled, laid, and glued in a single appointment.
Ceramic veneers are durable but less aesthetically pleasing than porcelain. For this reason, they are usually used for rear teeth.
Porcelain veneers make it possible to have natural and stunning results compared to composite veneers, but are more expensive.
How Durable are Veneers?
As with your natural teeth, you should take care of your veneers. If you brush your teeth well and floss regularly, your veneers can last a lifetime.
Some Facts About Dental Veneers
- Veneers do not prevent or treat cavities or other dental programs. As such, if you have veneers, it’s still important to visit your dentist regularly.
- Veneers and other cosmetic treatments may not be covered by your dental plan. Double check with your dentist and insurance provider to make sure before you start any treatment.
- Dental veneers are permanent, as the tooth must be shaped to accommodate the veneer. That being said, it is possible to replace veneers with crowns.
- It is important to maintain your veneers so that they do not peel off. Avoid biting ice cubes and your nails!