Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over your natural tooth to change the shape, size, color, position and/or length of your teeth. They look incredibly life like, are strong and last for years.
The colour will not change over time and the glaze will not disappear. This is one of the best options that dentistry has to offer when it comes to restoring and modifying your smile for a true smile makeover.
Before Porcelain Veneers
After Porcelain Veneers
When it comes to veneers, planning is the most important part of your treatment. It is absolutely critical to know exactly what you want in your new smile. Communication is the key to making sure we meet and exceed your expectations for a new smile.
Once the plan is set, photos of your teeth are taken. In the case of several teeth your new smile will be designed in wax models for both you and the dentist to inspect. Once you’re satisfied and everything is approved, the process starts.
Your first treatment appointment will consist of shaping your teeth to allow for the porcelain. Local anesthetic is necessary in most cases and the amount of shaping varies by patient. Generally speaking, the further away your teeth are from the goal – both in colour and alignment, the more aggressive the shaping needs to be. An impression will be taken of your shaped teeth for the lab to use to make your permanent teeth. We then fit you with temporary teeth that will look like your permanent veneers.
You will be asked to wear your temporary teeth for a few days to see if any changes are necessary and once you are happy a mold we be taken of the temporary teeth in your mouth that the lab will use as a guide to make your permanent teeth.
Next we fit your permanent Veneers and secure them with a strong cement. Local anesthetic is often necessary during insertion to avoid discomfort.
Your last appointment is to measure the bite and remove any cement that may have been missed. We will also take post treatment photos.
Do I Have to Have My Teeth Shaped?
In most cases, teeth will need to be shaped to produce the result you really want. Our treatment plans always involve the least amount of shaping possible.
For the vast majority of patients, teeth that aren’t shaped or are under-shaped will produce a bulky finished product, and re-treatment may be required.
To allow for minimal shaping, pre-treatment orthodontics or Invisalign can repair crowding and put the teeth in better position to avoid significant shaping.
Veneers have an average lifetime of 10-15 years due to the wear and tear of normal use. It is possible that you may need to replace some or all of your veneers once or more during your lifetime.