What are Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that’s placed on your tooth. They’re most often utilized for cosmetic purposes; used to alter your tooth’s shape, alignment, and colour.
Do you have teeth that are stained in a way that teeth whitening can’t fix? Maybe you have gaps in your teeth that can’t be fixed through orthodontic interventions, like braces?
In either of these cases, and in many more, veneers may be the right solution for you. Our porcelain veneers can be used for cosmetic dentistry, as well as restorative dentistry.
The process for applying veneers is simple. They’re custom-fitted, and made to match the colour of your natural teeth. The front layer of enamel is removed from your tooth, then the veneer is applied over two visits.
Porcelain Dental Veneers for Cosmetic Dentistry
Our custom veneers provide improvement to cosmetic flaws and dental imperfections such as:
- Discoloured and stained teeth
- Chipped, broken, misshapen, and misaligned teeth
- Uneven and unwanted gaps between teeth
The porcelain veneers that we offer at our dental clinic can be used to address many cosmetic concerns. They do not, however, act as a cure for tooth decay, gum disease, and other ailments. Those dental services will have to be treated before the porcelain veneers can be applied.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for circumstances when tooth whitening alone can’t address cosmetic concerns.
Porcelain Dental Veneers for Improved Function
While most people think of porcelain veneers as a treatment to enhance the look of their teeth, they can improve the function of your smile, too.
Our veneers can be used to reinforce enamel that’s been weakened through wear and tear improving a healthy tooth structure. They can also improve the feel of your bite by straightening the front of crooked teeth.
Veneers – A Lifelong Commitment
This means it’s absolutely essential to care for your porcelain veneers. You should also make a point of getting a dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year, unless your dentist recommends you only come in once a year.
Consult with our dentists before committing to veneers. In some circumstances, there may be alternative treatments available, from teeth whitening to orthodontic interventions.
Don’t worry, though – veneers are quite easy to care for, and they last for a long time. Our porcelain veneers will often last 10 to 15 years with adequate care.
Caring for Dental Veneers
The best part about caring for dental veneers is that the process is exactly the same as caring for your teeth normally. Floss once a day, and brush twice a day, paying special attention to the teeth that have veneers on them.
You’ll also want to avoid drinking certain liquids that can stain your veneers, like black coffee and red wine. You can always sip through a straw (if you like your coffee iced) to avoid staining your teeth.
Avoid chewing very hard foods with teeth that have veneers on them. Jawbreakers and porcelain don’t mix.
Replacing Old Veneers
After 10 to 15 years, even well cared for veneers may start to stain or crack. Fortunately, veneers are getting better and better, and the process to replace old veneers is as simple as getting new ones.
Call Us to Schedule an Exam
If you’re ready to improve the look and function of your teeth, our custom veneers may be the right option. Contact our Edmonton dental clinic at 1-(780)-474-4887