If you want to improve the overall aesthetic of your teeth, whether they’re damaged or healthy, you can get veneers! Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth to help your teeth look better by changing the colour, shape, angle or spacing. Cosmetic dentistry, like veneers, can improve your smile and give you more confidence!
What are veneers?
A veneer is a thin layer or shell of material that is placed over the front part of the tooth to help protect from any damage to a tooth’s surface, and can be used to improve the aesthetics of a tooth. Veneers can be made of porcelain or composite resin, and they do not change colour or stain.
Why would you want veneers?
Veneers can help to:
- Restore cracked or broken teeth
- Improve the structural integrity of teeth
- Rectify misaligned or rotated teeth
- Remove spaces between your teeth
- Replace stained and discoloured fillings
- Whiten teeth
Composite Resin vs Porcelain
Among our cosmetic dentistry services, we offer both composite resin veneers and porcelain veneers. Generally porcelain veneers take at least two dental visits, whereas composite resin veneers can be applied in only one visit. However, porcelain veneers generally last longer.
Composite resin procedure
To get veneers made of composite resin, your dentist will put a mild chemical on the front surface of the tooth, which will help the material stick to the enamel of the tooth. The composite resin will match the colour of your natural teeth, or be whiter, so that it blends with your other teeth. The dentist will put the resin on the tooth in layers, and a bright light is used to harden each layer. Once the last layer is applied, the dentist shapes and polishes it to form a tooth that looks natural and smooth!
Porcelain veneers procedure
This may involve a local anaesthetic. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers, then the dentist will make a mould of your teeth in order to custom-make your veneers. You will have temporary veneers in place until the porcelain veneers are ready. On your next visit, the dentist removes the temporary veneers, puts a mild chemical on your teeth to roughen them, and then glues the porcelain veneers one by one, using a composite resin cement.