Dental veneers are very thin layers of porcelain or resin shells that are made to cover the surface of the teeth to enhance their look. Enamel of teeth can become worn, dulled or discolored by age or genetically. Also, they may become chipped or broken. Veneers are used to fix teeth that are discolored, chipped or broken or irregularly shaped. The doctors at Venier Dental Group use veneers to help restore the natural look of the teeth.
Veneers can also be used to change the color of the teeth as they have different shades and are stain resistant. We use porcelain veneers which are translucent, just like the tooth enamel. When the light gets to the teeth, it moves through the layers of the tooth and reflects from the core of it. Porcelain has the same feature which makes the teeth look natural. As they are customizable they can improve the teeth by more than just changing their color and shape. Although veneers are strong they may need to be changed after five to ten years.
The process of placing the veneers on the teeth is done in several sessions. The doctors will first examine your teeth to see if they are good candidates and might even take some x-rays. Then half a millimeter of the dental enamel is removed, and a model of your teeth is made, which will be used to make the veneers. Then you teeth are cleaned and polished. After two weeks special cement is applied to the veneers and then the veneers are placed on your teeth.
Weak and unhealthy teeth are not good candidates for dental veneers as this process is not reversible and they cannot be repaired if they are chipped or cracked (they would need to be replaced). The colour cannot be changed once they are placed on your teeth and your teeth may become more sensitive as some part of the enamel is removed. Also, your teeth can still decay.
Book a consultation with the doctors at Venier Dental Group if you are interested in dental veneers and we will see if they are a treatment that can work for you!