Composite & Porcelain Veneers
Our dentists are your Regina porcelain veneer specialists. If you want to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry or want a chipped tooth to be fixed, then veneers are a good choice for care. Both composite and porcelain veneers are a good solution to fix slight cosmetic problems with your smile.
Composite veneers are typically done chair-side with dentists and do not involve any return visits. The lifespan of porcelain veneers can last 7-10 years or even longer with proper oral hygiene and care. The difference between composite and porcelain means an extra visit or two to the office, as a lab technician is responsible for the creation of the veneer.
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The Dental Veneer Procedure
In general, porcelain veneers are reserved for the teeth in the front of the mouth.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will reshape the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface.
Next, your dentist will make a model, or impression, of your tooth. At this point, you and your dentist will pick the color of the veneers. The impression along with the color selection is sent out to a dental laboratory, which makes your veneer. A temporary dental veneer is used until your veneers come back from the laboratory.
Once the dentist receives your veneers back from the lab, you will be scheduled for your next visit to apply the veneers on your tooth. During this visit your dentist will place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color, repeatedly removing and trimming the veneer to achieve the proper fit, before permanently cementing it to your tooth.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
The biggest benefit to veneers is improving the appearance of your teeth, giving you a brighter and more even smile. Dental veneers are often used to treat the following cosmetic occurrences:
- broken or chipped teeth
- severe discoloration or uneven coloring that can’t be fixed with whitening
- gaps in the teeth
- smaller-than-average teeth
- pointed or unusually shaped teeth
Veneers can last for more than a decade, depending on the type of veneer you choose, making them a semipermanent investment that can make you more confident in your smile.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Getting veneers takes place over a couple office visits of about 2-3 hours each. The fabrication process takes about 1-2 weeks in between the first and second visit.
Absolutely! Porcelain veneers have a realistic texture and are able to mimic the way real teeth reflect light. They’re also far more resistant to stains than other materials.
No. Veneers are like jackets that are placed over the surface of your teeth. Your dentist will shave and carve your existing tooth and then place the veneer over its surface. When the veneer and the tooth are both prepared, your dentist will use a special cement to bond them together. If you’re trying to resolve a missing tooth, consider getting implants or a bridge instead.
Our top priority is your comfort, so you can expect a painless experience throughout the entire veneer application process. Your dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb the feeling of having your teeth prepped for the veneer, but other than that, there should be no pain or discomfort, even after the anesthetic wears off.
Your dentist will make sure that your veneers are properly fitted so the daily pressures on your teeth don’t cause them to break. Of course, there are some instances when they might crack, especially if you apply an excess of pressure by biting down on hard food, using your teeth to open packaging, or biting your nails. Long-term wear and tear can also weaken veneers and the cement holding them in place. With proper care, however, you should be able to extend the lifespan of your veneers without a hitch.
That really depends. Veneers and implants have similar goals but are used in very different scenarios. There are some instances when veneers might be ideal, such as when your actual tooth is still a viable anchor. In other cases, when there is significant damage to your natural tooth, for example, implants might be a better option. As much as possible, dentists will try to preserve your real teeth because of their importance for maintaining facial bone density. Plus, veneers are cheaper, faster, and just as aesthetically pleasing as implants.
Yes, your dentist will have the tools and agents necessary to remove veneers. But keep in mind, because your teeth will have to be shaved down to accommodate the veneers, you can not have them permanently removed. If you want to have them replaced with implants or other dental replacements, then you should consult your dentist.
Composite can last for a couple of years but porcelain veneers generally tend to last between 7-10 years, however it is not uncommon to find patients with 15-20 year old veneers that still look great. When properly cared for with good oral hygiene, they can last a very long time.