Questions and Answers
What are dental veneers?
Ultra-thin shells made from either porcelain or resin (Porcelain Veneers or Composite Veneers), these are used to renew the look of your teeth while restoring the strength of your dental enamel. They are attached directly onto your teeth with specific dental procedures, all custom-made to fit the contours of your smile.
Why should I use veneers?
While veneers boast many cosmetic benefits, they also serve many restorative purposes including misshapen, severely discolored or cracked teeth and at the same time, they improve the aesthetic appearance, strength and shape of your smile.
They can also be used to repair teeth with chips or small holes, or teeth that are particularly worn down—enhancing your bite and improving your oral health.
What are the benefits of using veneers?
Less intrusive than crowns or braces, they can greatly improve the appearance of gaps or small misalignments in your bite. Veneers are also very tough to stain, so they are a surefire way to transform discolored teeth to sparkling white. They are individually sculpted for each patient, which means we can give you your ideal, natural-looking smile with this non-invasive procedure.
How does the process of getting Porcelain Veneers work?
Porcelain Veneers can take 3 appointments to complete the entire process. The first step the preparation, we start by removing half millimeter of your dental enamel. Also, we will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade of the veneer at this time. Once this is complete, we will make an impression of the teeth with a high-tech equipment. The impression will be send to laboratory which in turn will construct your veneer.
Once your model has been created, we will remove the temporary, and clean the tooth thoroughly. After the tooth is clean, we cement the veneer onto your tooth carefully, following closely the exact contour and fit of the model, and harden the cement with a special light beam. Finally, we will remove any excess material and polish the veneer. Your smile will look brighter and natural instantly!
Usually, we do not apply anesthesia during these procedure, still it is available for low pain tolerance patients.
How does the process of getting Composite Veneers work?
Unlike Porcelain Veneers, which are a single-crafted veneer that is bonded to your tooth, Composite Veneers are added to the tooth in mouldable layers. The shade color is chosen and then the teeth are cleansed. Each layer is hardened with light beam before the next one is applied. When the final shape and color is achieved, the veneers are polished to give a natural look. Finally, any excess is removed and the veneer is polished again.
This procedure would take place in matter of hours, it could be 5 to 7 hours about. Usually, we do not apply anesthesia for these procedures, still, it is available for low pain tolerance patients.
How do I take care of veneers?
Luckily, maintaining veneers is fairly easy—just keep up a proper oral hygiene routine! We recommend:
- Brushing 3 times each day for 2 minutes.
- Flossing daily your teeth. ( To avoid spots between the interdental spaces )
- Wearing a bite guard at night is a great way to protect the veneers.
- Avoid eating very hard foods like almonds, or cracking shells with the front veneers.
- Instead of biting some foods like apple or pear, preferably cutting it in several pieces avoiding fractures of some veneers.
- Professional cleaning every 6 months.
- Check for yearly maintenance of your veneers to avoid possible issues.