Similar to a false fingernail that fits over a nail, a veneer is a thin layer made of composite or porcelain material intended to fit over the front surface of a tooth. A composite veneer is placed either directly or indirectly to the target tooth, whereas a porcelain veneer is created in the lab and bonded to the tooth using a bonding agent. These veneers are used to not only improve the natural look of teeth but also provide strength and resilience just like natural teeth enamel.
Teeth play a significant role in beautifying one’s smile. However, many people still suffer from irreversible teeth conditions. Here are some of the conditions veneer(s) can resolve:
The veneering treatment process typically requires 3 pain-free appointments—consultation, preparation and actual treatment (bonding). One or more teeth can simultaneously undergo the process as described below.
Consultation: Visiting a dentist and inquiring about veneers is the very first step in determining if veneer(s) is the right option for you and if there are alternative solutions available.
Preparation: Before the veneers can be placed, your dentist will remove about 0.5-0.7 mm of dental material from the front of your teeth, which is an amount similar to the thickness of the veneers to be added, so that the teeth remains the same size. You and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthesia (injection) to numb the area, but often this is not needed.
The dentist may take X-ray and an impression (mold) of your teeth, and take to a dental laboratory to custom make your veneers. The color of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to ensure that the veneers look similar. Additionally, s/he may possibly make a mock-up to allow you to “try on” the veneers to see if the ultimate result is what you’re after. Typically, it takes 2-4 weeks for them to be ready, and during this waiting time, temporary veneers are placed on the prepared surface.
Bonding: Prior to cementing the dental veneer permanently on your teeth, it will first be cleaned, polished, and etched to roughen it so that it can strongly bond to the target teeth. Your dentist will then coat the teeth with an adhesive agent, spread dental cement over the back of the veneers and firmly place it on the surface of the teeth. Once correctly positioned, s/he will use a curing light to harden the cement. Finally, the dentist will remove any excess cement, evaluate your bite and make final adjustments as needed. For a successful process, you are required to make follow-up visits, a week or so after the veneer is fitted, to check and polish it to ensure that you are satisfied.
Dental veneers are an ideal choice for anyone wanting to improve his or her smile. At Sunrise Dentistry, we pride in offering excellent services from beginning to end. We have specialists in all fields of cosmetic dentistry who have successfully fitted a large number of dental veneers for patients in Mississauga and the surrounding areas. Our main goal is to satisfy our patients; and because of this, we normally have regular offers, flexible consultation schedule, and we help with processing health insurance claims for our patients.
If you are interested in enhancing your smile, get in touch with us today to book your appointment!