Porcelain veneers are used to whiten the color of a tooth and/or change the shape of it. You can do one tooth or a segment of teeth to completely change the way you smile.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
When preparing a veneer, the dentist will trim around ½ millimeter of enamel from the existing tooth’s surface. (This should be a similar thickness as the veneer being added.) Prior to trimming, your dentist will discuss and determine if you need a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Then, your dentist will create an impression or model of your teeth, which is sent out to a dental lab, where your veneers will be constructed. In most cases, your veneers will arrive within 1-2 weeks. If you find your natural teeth to be especially problematic, you may opt to have temporary dental veneers placed.
Lumineers vs Veneers
Some patients are looking for an alternative to traditional dental veneers, but unfortunately this treatment option is not appropriate for everyone.
Just as with porcelain veneers, “lumineers” or minimal/no-preparation veneers—so called because they typically don’t require the dentist to remove as much tooth material—are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Often, the placement of no-prep veneers can be done more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional veneers. Your dentist will let you know if you are a good candidate for lumineers and if this option makes a sensible treatment plan.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of hightech materials.
One of the most significant advantages of porcelain veneers is the fact that they can solve so many dental problems at the same time including: discolouration, misaligned teeth, cracked teeth, and gaps in your smile.
However, porcelain veneers can serve more than just an aesthetic purpose. Veneers can also protect teeth and improve the function and feel of your smile by:
- Making teeth more symmetrical
- Creating a smooth arc to your bite
- Splinting cracked teeth
- Making short teeth more proportionate