Veneers are a highly effective and conservative way of improving your smile. There are two types of veneers – ceramic and composite resin – each a ‘fingernail-like’ cover for the front surface of your teeth.
Ceramic veneers are made in a dental laboratory and cemented in place in the dental chair, while composite resin veneers are built up directly in the chair. Both blend in naturally, making them invisible – the only thing noticeable will be your dazzling white, bright and perfect smile!
- Close spaces between the teeth;
- Restore broken, chipped, misshapen or crooked teeth;
- Restore unsightly, stained or washed out fillings;
- Cover permanently stained or discoloured teeth;
- Straighten your smile (instant orthodontics).
Veneers have several advantages over other methods used for the same purpose. There is no “dark line” that is sometimes seen with older front crowns. They transmit light and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance, giving a very natural look. Basically, people will never know you have them.
Once we have established just what you wish to accomplish, your first appointment is usually a planning appointment. We may take radiographs, impressions for study models and diagnostic wax-ups, photographs and any necessary measurements. We will also discuss whether ceramic or composite resin veneers are best for your case.
When you are ready to proceed, the next appointment usually involves some contouring of the front teeth. With ceramic veneers, impressions are then taken and from these impressions the veneers are made by a dental technician. During this time temporary veneers are cemented into place.
A follow up visit is made in a week where the veneers are tried on and, if satisfactory, bonded in place. With composite resin veneers, your teeth are built up at that appointment with specifically shade-matched material, directly in the chair.
In both cases, the results are instant and spectacular!
The maintenance of your veneers is relatively simple. We do like to make a few suggestions, to help you:
Please brush and floss as you normally would to prevent oral hygiene problems. Do not be afraid of damaging your veneers by either flossing or brushing. A good home care regime will ensure the cosmetic success of your veneer restorations for years to come.
Some sensitivity to hot and cold may be experienced after the placement of your veneers. This relates to the amount of enamel left on your tooth after preparation, including the proximity of the nerve as well as several other factors. Some sensitivity is absolutely normal and usually dissipates after one or two weeks. If this sensitivity should remain or is of concern to you, please feel free to contact us and we can advise the best possible treatment.
A normal diet should pose no problem at all. Please avoid anything that will tend to bend or twist the veneers.
If you are known to grind your teeth or clench your jaw, please let us know. We may recommend and create a soft night time guard for you to wear to minimise the stresses placed upon your teeth while you sleep.