Veneers

Are you afraid to smile because of chipped, stained, crooked, or uneven teeth? Well we have the answer for you because veneers can create a bright, uniform set of teeth and as a result will get you smiling again.

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that are custom-made to cover and adhere to your teeth. The veneers are matched to the color of your teeth  and as a result they can blend in naturally. Once the veneers are in place, you can and should brush them for good dental care.

Veneers can be whitened if they become stained through normal activities like drinking coffee and red wine, or other types of beverages that discolor teeth. 

  • Affordable, painless and noninvasive
  • Create you a uniform smile
  • Can last 5 – 10 years
  • Custom-made covers for your teeth 
  • Typically are difficult to stain and durable
  • Can correct the alignment of teeth
  • Help to improve self-esteem
  • Have a translucent and texture that is similar to natural enamel
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Lengthen and reshape teeth
  • Repair chipped, broken and worn down or misshapen teeth
  • Cover stains and other discolorations in addition the presence of large resin fillings
  • Help gum tissue to tolerate porcelain
  • Dark teeth appear whiter
  • Do not require extensive shaping and is a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to bonding
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Types of Veneers 

There are 3 main types of Veneers.

  1. IPS Empress System is one of the most popular porcelains
  2. Lumineers these are contact lens thin veneers
  3. Composite veneers also known as direct veneers

The IPS Empress System allows the veneer layering materials to imitate natural teeth. To change color shades or shape adjustments the dentist will place Lumineers over teeth.   In addition in certain cases, Lumineers do not require tooth preparation and may be reversed. Composite veneers use a composite resin or dental bonding to build a new outer layer therefore covers the surface of the teeth.

Procedure for Veneers

Being fitted for veneers is an easy procedure.  Dentists will firstly measure you for veneers at your first visit and secondly you come back to allow the made-to-order veneers to be put in place.  Thirdly depending on how many veneers you have and how long to create them, the entire process will usually take two visits within one week.

  1. First evaluation and veneer tooth preparation
    • Local anesthesia is first administered at the region of veneer tooth preparation
    • The natural teeth are reshaped in order to receive the dental veneer
    • A record is taken and approved with the patient to determine the color, bite, length and shape
    • An impression is taken for a replica model of the teeth
    • This model is sent to a lab where the individualized veneer is fabricated
    • A temporary veneer is placed on whilst the permanent veneer is made
  2. Fitting of veneer on delivery
    • The temporary veneer is removed
    • The permanent veneer is fitted and cemented into place on the teeth
    • A quality assurance check is done for any re-adjustments or re-works of the dental veneer
  3. Care of the veneer
    • Brush and floss the veneer as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist

The procedure for composite veneers differ from porcelain veneers because they are applied directly onto teeth without the laboratory work needed.

Recovery Expectations

The gums may have some minor tenderness for a couple of days after the procedure. In addition, some individuals may experience sensitivity in teeth, however this sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks.

Postcare Instructions for Dental Veneers

  1. Chewing on or eating hard foods on the restorations should be avoided for 24 hours from the time they were cemented
  2. To help with discomfort or swelling rinse your mouth 3x per day with warm salt water. (1tsp. of salt in 8oz of water)
  3. Keep area clean to maintain tissue compatibility (the contour of the veneer must allow the surrounding tissue to conform to a natural, healthy position)
  4. Some patients may experience sensitivity in teeth. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks. If teeth are sensitive
    • Avoid hot, cold or acidic food and beverages
    • Pain medication be taken as directed as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history
    • Use fluoride rinse and toothpaste for sensitivity teeth
    • Clean teeth properly

If properly cared for, veneers can last five to ten years. And because it is an affordable, painless, noninvasive process which as a result will have you smiling again!

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