How Veneers Can Help
Dental veneers are a solution to many tooth problems. We recommend veneers for several reasons. Veneers can fix teeth that are broken or healthy teeth that need help aesthetically to improve your smile. Veneers can change the appearance of your smile by changing their shape, colour, angle, or the spacing between your teeth.
Dental Veneers at Admiral House
After a thorough examination of your teeth and oral health, we may suggest veneers as a treatment option. Veneers are thin shells we attach to the entire front surface of your tooth and not over the whole tooth like a crown. This treatment blends in beautifully with your other teeth. The veneers we place are made of porcelain or composite resin. These are a permanent solution, and cannot be removed after they are placed.
Our dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. When we place porcelain veneers, we need to remove a thin layer of your existing tooth so the veneer fits properly. We make custom porcelain veneers for our patients, and we do so by taking an impression of your teeth and creating a veneer to the size and shape of your mouth. You may need to wear a temporary veneer for a short time.
When your permanent veneers are ready, we put a mild chemical on the surface of the tooth receiving the veneer. The chemical makes the tooth a bit rough, which gives a better surface for your porcelain veneers to adhere properly. We glue the veneers individually using composite resin cement to secure them in place.
Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting. They do not change color or stain even through years of wear.
Composite Resin Veneers
Unlike porcelain veneers that require filing down your tooth and wearing a temporary veneer, composite resin veneers can usually be done in a single visit. We select a colour for the veneer that matches your natural teeth for a seamless result.
Our dental team puts a mild chemical on the surface of your tooth to give it a rougher texture which helps the composite resin stick firmly to your enamel. We add a layer of composite resin and shine a bright light on your tooth to help it harden. We add several more layers, ensuring that they harden properly before adding the next layer of composite resin. Once the last layer hardens, we shape and polish your tooth so it looks natural and smooth.
Circumstances We Do Not Suggest Dental Veneers
There are certain situations where veneers are not a suitable treatment option.
Our dentists will not suggest this treatment if they are concerned about any issues with your oral health. Some instances where you should not get veneers may include:
- Patients with periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Patients with tooth decay
- Patients whose natural enamel has worn away
- Patients missing too much of their natural tooth
In some of these situations, patients may be able to get veneers after their other oral health issues are treated first. If veneers are not a possibility, our dental team will advise you on other dental treatments that are a better solution for you.
Caring for Veneers
There is not any special care required for veneers, simply keep up with your daily oral healthcare by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. We recommend that you continue to come to see us twice a year for your dental check-ups, where we examine your teeth, gums, and check the veneers.
If you are interested in learning more about the cost of porcelain or composite resin veneers, give us a call or browse our fee schedule.