Do you have worn tooth enamel? Are some of your teeth misaligned or do you have spacing issues with your teeth? Have you previously chipped or cracked a tooth? A composite or porcelain veneer at our Calgary dental office can help solve these issues.
A dental veneer is a shell of tooth-coloured material made of either porcelain or composite that goes over the facial surfaces of your teeth. It can be coloured to match your existing teeth and, when finished, it looks like your natural smile. Veneers may be considered cosmetic dentistry, but they serve a valuable purpose. They protect the surface of damaged teeth and can help prevent other, more costly treatments in the future. They require little to no removal of the existing tooth structure because it is a minimally invasive procedure.
The procedure to receive a veneer is generally done over two to three appointments over the course of three to six weeks. In the first visit our dentist will examine the area where the veneer will be applied and determine if you are a good candidate for this type of procedure. The dentist will come up with a plan for the type of material to be used and can review a wax up of what the final veneer/s will look like.
To begin treatment, the dentist may start with a local anesthetic, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done. The natural tooth is then shaped with a rotational cutting device to provide a proper fit. If you are proceeding with composite veneers, the composite is then applied to the teeth and shaped. An ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. If more composite is needed the process is repeated until veneer is in the correct shape. Once that composite is placed it is polished and shaped to look like a natural tooth.
If a porcelain veneer is used the dentist will take an impression of your teeth before beginning treatment. He will fabricate you a temporary veneer to be made while the porcelain veneer is fabricated in a dental laboratory. Approximately two weeks later, you will have your temporaries removed, and your custom porcelain veneers are then applied to the tooth with a bonding agent.
Caring for your veneer is critical, but they are often extremely durable and can last for many years. By visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups we can make sure that your veneer is being maintained and cared for properly. To avoid damage, it is wise to avoid chewing on hard objects such as nuts or bones, and while you can use your teeth for chewing, it is strongly recommended that you do not use your teeth as tools. The good news is that you can brush and floss like normal to care for veneers.
The cost of a veneer depends on the type of material used. A porcelain veneer is more expensive while a composite veneer is less expensive. Estimates can be provided to you based on your customized treatment plan from the Dentist. The length of time veneers will last is largely dependent on proper home care and regular dental maintenance.