Porcelain veneers are ultra thin, porcelain covers, which are custom-made to fit precisely over your existing teeth to improve their appearance.
Why is porcelain used for veneers?
Veneers can be constructed from several different types of materials. However, porcelain is a very strong and durable material, which is highly resistant to breakage and thus can create a strong, long lasting veneer.
Also, porcelain veneers do not change colour or stain, resulting in a veneer that remains the ideal shade of white for your smile.
How will the porcelain veneers be applied to my teeth?
Our experienced team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton will apply your porcelain veneers in a two-step process over the course of two appointments. A single veneer can be placed to fix a single damaged or misaligned tooth or many veneers can be placed to create a complete smile makeover.
At your first appointment, we will apply a local anaesthetic and remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. Removing the enamel will provide room for the veneer to be placed.
Our team will then take an impression of your teeth that will be used to create your custom-fitted veneers. At the end of this appointment, our experienced team will apply temporary veneers to your teeth. Your temporary veneers will remain in place until your custom-fitted veneers are available.
At your second appointment, our team will remove your temporary veneers and coat your teeth with a mild acid to prepare them for the veneers.
The acid will etch the surface of your teeth to allow the veneers to adhere. Then our team will bond your custom fitted veneers to your teeth, resulting in a natural looking beautiful smile.
How will I know if I am a good candidate for veneers?
You might be a good candidate for veneers if you do not have any cavities that have not yet been treated and you are not suffering from periodontal disease. Also, the teeth to which you wish to apply the veneers must be healthy, have sufficient enamel and need to be in good condition.
Generally, since clenching or grinding can chip the veneer, patients who clench or grind their teeth are not good candidates for porcelain veneers. If you are considering veneers, our experienced team would be pleased to advise whether this dental procedure is appropriate for you.