Beautifying your smile with Porcelain Veneers
Crown Dental is proud to offer porcelain veneers as a part of our comprehensive treatment services.
Not everyone is blessed with naturally straight and white teeth and Porcelain Veneers are an excellent option for those who wish to improve the appearance of their smiles with a cosmetic dental procedure.
Our doctors are highly experienced and trained in the placement of beautiful, natural-looking custom veneers. We can transform smiles in just a couple of visits.
Veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain or a direct composite material. Cosmetic dentists use them to correct minor dental problems such as tooth discoloration and cracked or chipped teeth.The thin porcelain shell is bonded to the tooth to blend in visually with the rest of your teeth. Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns because they require less tooth preparation.
Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option. Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers.
In our clinic, we usethe following types of veneers:
1.Direct Composite Veneers:
Direct composite veneers are a cheaper alternative the porcelain veneers. They are made from a combination of materials which reduces the cost and makes them an affordable alternative. They are a good choice if you have a small crack or chip in a tooth as they will hide this nicely as well as protecting the rest of the tooth. It is important to mention that they may be cheaper but they are not as durable as other types of veneers which mean that they will have to be replaced more often.
Typically, a direct composite veneer lasts no more than 2 years. This is an important consideration if you are looking for a pearly white smile.
In our clinic, we use the excellent high quality brands VENUS PEARL and VENUS DIAMOND Composite material.
2.Porcelain Veneers & E.MAX® Porcelain Veneers:
The main advantage of porcelain veneers is their longevity: porcelain veneers last longer than any other type of veneer which makes them very attractive for a number of reasons. All the veneers are tough and durable but porcelain veneers tend to last longer.
Other advantages include:
- Natural looking (similar to your natural teeth)
- Less likely to become stained or discolored
- Maintain the natural structure of a tooth
- Straighten crooked teeth without the need for braces
- Hide teeth which have become worn down due to teeth grinding.
- Cover a crack or chipped tooth
What is E.MAX®?
E.max represents a major breakthrough in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. One reason behind this is a combination of its high esthetics and superior strength. The all-ceramic dental veneers and restorations made from e.max are natural-looking and contain no metal. E.max veneers are one of the newest and most popular, are very thin, but the strongest veneers on the market. Read more about E.MAX here.
Yes, veneers are created in a laboratory with specifications that are unique to the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. The entire veneer is engineered to match your mouth and fit naturally with the rest of your teeth. Since they also sit on top of your existing tooth, they align with the shape of your jaw and work perfectly with your natural bite.
Preparing for your new smile
Patients usually need up to three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis/consultation and treatment planning, preparation and bonding. Direct composite veneers are generally done in one appointment. You can also have your teeth professionally cleaned and whitened before the preparation of the veneers.
Treatment always begins with thorough diagnostics, including digital X-rays and intraoral and extraoral photos of your smile. These images help us to plan your procedure.
- Impressions: An impression of your teeth will be made so that we can create a study model of your smile. This model will be used to make sure that your teeth are well aligned and the bite is correct. To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anaesthetic. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mould is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
- Temporaries: Our dentist will then place temporary veneers that you will wear for about two weeks while the final veneers are being fabricated.
- Placing the Veneers: When your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or colour. Our dentists will double check the work to make sure that your veneers fit perfectly, feel comfortable and look beautiful At this point, the colour of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The colour cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. You will be able to check the veneers in the mirror before fitting them permanently, to make sure that you are happy with them.
To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam hardens the cement.
It is important not to chew hard candy or ice and do not use your veneers to open bottles, packaging, etc. Be aware of excessive amount of coffee and tea, red wine or smoking as they can stain veneers over time. For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your “new” teeth that have changed in size and shape. If you play sports such as football or hockey or grind your teeth, wearing a mouth guard is recommended. Regular oral hygiene and check-ups will help keep your teeth stronger and your veneers lasting for years to come.