Veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic option for the front teeth. Different from a crown, veneers do not cover the whole tooth. They are placed only on the front surface of the teeth.

There are different materials for veneers. Porcelain veneers usually take two visits as the first visit will be preparing the surface of the teeth and giving you temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are made.

Composite resin veneers can be done in one appointment, and they are crafted by the dentist themselves. These types of veneers require less of the tooth surface to be removed; however, they are more prone to staining than porcelain veneers.

Your dentist will be able to discuss both options with you and advise which type of veneer would be best suited to your smile. Veneers can be used as an alternative to braces or Invisalign to close gaps between the front teeth as well.

Veneers can be colour matched to suit the shade of the other teeth in your mouth or can be a lighter shade to brighten up your smile. You and your dentist can work together to decide on shade, shape, and size of your veneers in an appointment dedicated to your new smile.

FAQs

Crowns cover the whole tooth and are commonly used for molar teeth. Veneers are placed over the front surface of the teeth and are usually used for teeth in the smile line.

This is something best discussed clinically with your dentist. Most commonly done are the top front 6 teeth, however some people choose to do the top 8 or 10 teeth. Bottom teeth can also be done.

While rare, porcelain and composite resin veneers may need to be repaired or replaced if they chip of fracture. Generally, though, veneers last many years and offer long life to your smile.

Composite resin veneers can attract stains more so than porcelain over time. Returning for your regular cleans will allow those everyday stains to be removed.

Brushing and flossing as recommended by your dental professional is important! Your natural teeth are still there and require the usual oral health hygiene with veneers as they would without veneers. Avoiding biting into anything super hard, or on objects such as pens will help keep your veneers chipping or fracturing.

Yes! Dental professionals are here to look after your whole mouth. Veneers are a cosmetic solution and not an end to your need for oral health check-ups.

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