You probably know plenty of people with nice smiles. Yet you may notice that some are simply stunning, with a higher level of symmetry in the color, shape, size, and alignment of each visible tooth. In many cases, that difference is the magic of porcelain veneers. This cosmetic dentistry service is popular with both men and women, and is available at Scott and Derry Dental Care in Milton, ON.
How porcelain veneers transform the look of smiles in Milton, ON
Look in the mirror and smile. Now count the teeth you see. Probably four to eight in the upper arch are readily visible. These teeth are prime candidates for porcelain veneers (although addition teeth including those in the lower arch can also be treated).
A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain, precisely designed to fit over a tooth improving its appearance – like an artificial fingernail enhances the look of a natural one. Dr. Jameela Jifri may recommend veneers to mask:
- Deep discoloration that does not respond to professional bleaching.
- Enamel imperfections – chips, cracks, pits, or bumps.
- Teeth that are worn down (the dentist will also talk with you about a night guard to protect veneers and teeth from the pressure of nighttime clenching and grinding).
- Teeth that look too long or short or have unusual shape.
- Spaces between teeth.
- Asymmetry in the center line.
- Minor misalignment that does not affect bite.
Patient Educational Video about veneersVideo Transcript
Porcelain Veneers process
This cosmetic treatment begins with a thorough consultation so that the dentist may understand what you want to change about your smile. A comprehensive examination ensures your mouth is in good health. Then teeth are prepared. Veneers are a conservative approach, requiring only minimal reduction of natural tooth structure. Impressions are taken of your mouth, and the shade of veneers is selected.
The dentist works closely with an experienced ceramist at a professional dental laboratory to have veneers fabricated to exacting standards. The careful layering process, fired at high temperatures, results in strong veneers that look natural. A final staining adds depth and lifelike striations to the shading.
When your veneers are done, usually in about two weeks, you return to Scott and Derry Dental Care. The dentist checks the fit of each one and cements veneers in place.
Cosmetic bonding may be an alternative
Composite bonding material can be an economical alternative to porcelain veneers, for minor enhancements. Bonding is color-matched to your teeth, and used to repair chips, modify shape, or close gaps. This process is done chairside, and usually does not require numbing. Bonding is not as stain-resistant, strong, or lustrous as porcelain, but with good home hygiene, it can last a long time.