Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of flawed teeth to hide all those flaws and to project the profile of a perfectly coloured, shaped, sized and spaced tooth. If you’re dissatisfied by the characteristics of your teeth, veneers may be the ideal solution for putting those flaws behind you — and out of sight. Veneers can solve flaws with teeth that include:
- Misshapen or inconsistently shaped teeth
- Cracked and chipped teeth
- Teeth that are inconsistent in length or width
- Unusual or inconsistent gaps between teeth
- Stains or discolourations that can not be removed by whitening or bleaching (such as discolouration caused by infections, medications or injury)
Dentists use porcelain veneers in St. Albert to target specific flaws on single teeth or full sets of veneers on the front teeth in your “smile zone” or “social zone” to completely transform, renew and perfect your smile and appearance.
What is the process of getting veneers?
While no two patients are the same, the process of getting dental veneers has a lot of common elements in every case. The steps in getting porcelain veneers near you are:
Step One: After confirming your teeth and gums are healthy enough that you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, your dentist in St. Albert will remove a thin layer of the enamel from the teeth that are being covered. Removing that enamel will allow your dentist to place the veneer flush and securely against your tooth without adding any bulk or obvious edges to the surface of your tooth.
Step Two: A dentist near you will then take impressions of your teeth and will send those impressions to a dental laboratory where technicians will craft your veneers out of porcelain to fit your teeth precisely and to accomplish your cosmetic goals exactly. Your dentist will also tell the technicians exactly what colour to make your veneers. You and your dentist will choose the colour to match your clean and healthy teeth exactly and to blend with your gums, lips and skin tone imperceptibly. Flawless teeth aren’t flawless if they look like fake teeth because they’re too white or too yellow. Your dentist in St. Albert will use a colour guide and appropriate lighting to choose the right colour for you.
Step Three: When the laboratory technicians have prepared your veneers and sent them to your dentist, the dentist’s office will schedule your final appointment to place your veneers. First, your dentist will place the veneers in position temporarily to confirm that they fit properly and accomplish the goals you identified at the outset. Once the fit and effectiveness of your veneers is confirmed, they will be bonded to your teeth permanently, then polished to match the sheen of your own teeth. Once that’s done, you won’t notice the flaws that used to taint your teeth and you won’t notice your veneers — all you and anyone will notice are your perfect teeth and your perfect smile.
You can expect your porcelain veneers to last a decade or more, and even 20 years if you maintain them really carefully. To maintain your veneers and prolong your lifespan, you need to take care of your natural teeth and gums. Anything that affects the health of the underlying and neighbouring teeth and gums will affect the structural integrity of the tooth under your veneer.
The other way to prolong the life of your veneers is to avoid some bad habits that can put veneers at risk. Don’t chew your fingernails, chew ice, bite pencils, grind your teeth or clench your jaw, or use your teeth as if they were a set of pliers or scissors.
Are you ready to say goodbye to the flaws tainting the appearance of your teeth. Contact a dentist in St. Albert to confirm that porcelain veneers are right for you.