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Composite Veneers

Many patients are discovering the benefits of dental veneers. Unlike a dental crown which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. We apply veneers in a simple, comfortable procedure that takes just a few visits.

Veneers are a popular treatment option for several reasons. They generally are placed on upper front teeth that are severely discoloured, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. Veneers may be used to lighten front that are naturally yellow or have a gray cast and can not be whitened by bleaching. Veneers are sometimes used to correct teeth that are chipped or worn. They also may be used to correct uneven spaces or a diastema (a large, noticeable gap between the upper front teeth).

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There are two types of veneers: ceramic veneers (sometimes called laminates) and resin-based composite veneers.

  • Ceramic veneers are extremely thin shells made of a strong and durable dental ceramic. A participating dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth. This makes room for the veneer and prevents the restored tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural.

    Next, we make an impression of the prepared teeth so that the shape of the preparations and surrounding teeth can be replicated in the dental laboratory. We also looks for the shade that will best match or blend with the other teeth. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory to make the ceramic veneers to fit your individual teeth. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the ceramic veneers are bonded to the teeth with dental cement. Further adjustments may be done at a subsequent appointment.
  • Resin-based composite veneers generally are placed in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared or reshaped, we carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material in a colour that matches your other teeth. A special light is used to harden the composite. The veneer is smoothed and polished to look like a natural tooth.

Choosing Veneers: Considerations

  • Teeth must be healthy and free of decay and active periodontal disease. Veneers typically require less removal of tooth enamel than do crowns. However, the process is not reversible once the enamel is removed.
  • Patients who clench or grind their teeth are not good candidates for veneers because the thin veneers may chip, break or peel. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects such as pencils or ice. Like any dental restoration, veneers can be dislodged over time and with wear. In that case, new ones might be needed.
  • No special maintenance is needed other than good oral hygiene each day. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner. Regular dental visits are a must for maintaining healthy teeth.
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