Veneers are a fantastic way to fix front teeth. You can whiten your teeth, close spaces, and create a great smile. We can even do virtually instant orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth.
- Spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Whiten dark yellow or stained teeth
These veneers are about 0.3mm to 1.0mm in thickness but are very strong once bonded to your teeth. They have a “life like” appearance with the strength, beauty, and durability only porcelain restorations can afford. Veneers have several advantages over crowns (caps). There is no “dark line” that is sometimes seen with older front caps. They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance giving a natural, esthetic look. Veneers do not require the massive grinding of tooth structure that caps do, yet, they accomplish a lifelike esthetic result.
How’s it done? After a through discussion with your dentist to establish just what you wish to accomplish AND establish what can or can not be done, your first appointment usually involves some minor contouring of the front teeth and taking an mould of the teeth. This mould is sent off to the Laboratory where the veneers are made, this takes about two weeks. In the meantime you will be wearing temporary veneers which will keep you smiling!
After two weeks the veneers are tried in. There is some opportunity for adjustments for colour shape etc at this point. When you are happy with them, they are bonded in place. The results are instant and spectacular! If some front teeth are badly broken down, we can place new all porcelain crowns combined with veneering and other cosmetic techniques. As always, talk to your dentist or one specializing in cosmetic dentistry and discuss your specific desires. Usually, we can give you that smile you have always wanted.
If there have been substantial changes to the shape of your teeth, occasionally a patient may develop a lisp that lasts for about a week. On the rare occasions it does not resolve spontaneously, your dentist can make some adjustments to remove it.
At the second appointment your temporary Veneers are removed and your permanent Veneers are cemented onto your teeth, now your new teeth are ready to use!