Are your teeth worn, dull, cracked or uneven? Do you often wish you had that perfect dazzling smile?
According to our Montreal dentists team, a great smile is not only aesthetically pleasing, it can significantly improve one’s self-esteem and how the individual “shows up” in the world!
Over the past few years, dental veneers have increased in popularity due in part to the ease with which they can be applied to the teeth. Cosmetic dentists find that increasing numbers of patients are requesting veneers because they realize that dazzling smiles are no longer reserved only for Hollywood stars!
What is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin shell applied over the surface of the tooth.
Dental veneers are made of translucent composite resin, acrylic or porcelain materials that are shaped and fitted to your natural teeth. These thin veneers can be made to look just like your teeth, right down to the colour.
When are Dental Veneers a Good Option?
Veneers are suitable for anyone who has worn, dulled, cracked or uneven teeth that cannot be repaired satisfactorily using any other method.
Veneers are not the right choice for every situation due to the process of preparing the teeth to accept them.
If your teeth can be whitened, be realigned through orthodontic procedures, or have cracks filled in with a composite resin, veneers may not be right for you. This is why it is important to consult with your dentist to discuss and determine the solution that is best for you and your teeth.
That being said, Veneers may be a viable option if you have:
- Damaged enamel: the enamel has been damaged due to medication, genetics, or poor dietary habits. When the damage is so severe that whitening techniques are of no use, veneers can return the teeth to their natural beauty
- Uneven teeth: a source of embarrassment for many people. Braces are an excellent choice for correcting uneven teeth. Your dentist can help you decide whether realignment can be achieved through orthodontics or if veneers would be better for you
- Chipped or cracked teeth: veneers can help prevent further damage if teeth are chipped or cracked
- Gaps between teeth: gaps between your teeth can be a problem if food gets trapped in the opening. Some are uncomfortable with the visual appearance of gaps between their teeth and are looking for a natural-looking solution, such as veneers.
This procedure cannot be used for teeth that have been broken or damaged since there must be a good surface for the veneers to bond to. Crowns may be a better option for teeth that are badly damaged.
Types of Dental Veneers
As mentioned earlier, veneers can be made of composite resin or porcelain.
Composite veneers are often fabricated right in the dentist’s office. They usually last from 5 to 7 years.
Porcelain veneers are a bit more expensive, but often last from 10 to 15 years. Porcelain veneers are normally created in a laboratory using impressions of your teeth, which have been taken by your dentist.
If you are interested in learning more about veneers or other dental treatments and you are in the area, go ahead and book some time with Montreal dentist, Dr Toby De Palma Chevalier and Dr Miguel Ste-Marie! The first step to a better looking smile is making an appointment. We’ve made it easy for you. Simply call us or request your appointment online, today: