Dental Veneers

Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)

A - Dental veneers are created as an indirect restoration to cover part of a prepared tooth as a protective coating for the tooth or to enhance the tooth aesthetically in shape and brightness. They are made to resemble natural healthy teeth and can be as thin as contact-lenses. With minimal dental treatment, your smile can be transformed with positive effect on you and those you meet.

A - People with teeth that are damaged, chipped, separated by gaps or stained may consider veneers as an option to restore tooth shape and to whiten their teeth. Sometimes teeth are severely worn down from tooth grinding and veneers can help to build-up and strengthen existing teeth.

For those whose confidence is affected by their teeth and who choose not to smile because of the condition of their teeth, veneers can be a truly life-changing experience for building esteem and making good first impressions.

A - Materials used to create veneers are either composite or dental porcelain. Composite veneers are made from composite resins applied and shaped to the size of your teeth. In this procedure, the natural teeth are not reshaped so the procedure is reversible. In contrast, porcelain veneers involve reshaping the natural teeth to make space for the veneer, and this process is not reversible.

A new development in cosmetic dentistry is Lumineer porcelain called Cerinate that is thinner, stronger and lasts longer. The benefit with Cerinate is that less of the natural tooth needs reshaping. In the United States, da Vinci veneers are available that are similar to lumineers. An alternative to traditional porcelain veneers is the MAC veneer also crafted in United States laboratories from pressed ceramic.

A – The condition of your teeth is a major determinate of what type of veneer will best suit you. If your teeth are chipped and damaged, and require reshaping then the porcelain option may be worth considering. However, if your teeth are stronger and do not require much reshaping, then the composite may be better for you. Other criteria to consider is the cost and also the durability.

A – Initially, our resident dentist will examine your teeth and discuss the different dental veneer options with you. Your concerns will also be addressed. Once the decision is made to proceed with either composite or porcelain veneers, your teeth will be mapped or moulded for fabrication of the veneers to replicate your natural teeth.

At a second appointment, you may be provided with temporary veneers or if your custom-made veneers are ready, reshaping and bonding can proceed. Prior to the procedure, our resident dentist will give you the option of having a sedative for relaxation. If the teeth need reshaping, a local anaesthetic will be safely administered to numb the teeth during treatment. Once the teeth are prepared, the veneers will be bonded to your natural teeth. After bonding, and proper fitting, the front surface of the teeth will be shaped, cured and polished for a natural white look that gives you a long-lasting brighter smile.

In some cases, the teeth do not need re-shaping which means that the teeth can be prepared for fitting at one appointment without anaesthetic, and you will be shown how to remove and replace the veneers as needed. Cerinate Lumineers are particularly popular because of their flexibility and ease in fitting.

A - Our resident dentist examines your teeth to see what type of veneer would best suit the condition of your teeth. An X-ray or mould may be taken so that veneers can be designed to uniquely fit a patient's mouth. The veneers are then fabricated by a dental technician in a laboratory before being given to our resident dentist to bond to your teeth. Custom-made veneers can also be produced in a day through CAD ceramic studios or CEREC, which means that patients can receive their veneers in a timely manner.

With the options of porcelain veneers, such as the Lumineers and da Vinci, that are removable and reusable, you can wear your veneers with ease and pride. Even composite veneers are cared for through the same oral hygiene techniques as your natural teeth. Our resident dentist will also provide you with guidance for wear and care of your veneers.

The cement used to bond the veneers to the natural teeth is strong and durable, so the likelihood of veneers becoming loose or falling off is rare. However, if this should occur, patients can contact our resident dentist immediately for assistance to restore the veneer to its natural state.

A - Veneers brighten the face and smile, and allow you to express your inner self with confidence knowing that your teeth look good. At consultation, our resident dentist will show you examples of “before” and “after” looks to give you an idea of what you can expect. Not only will your looks be enhanced, but you will create a bright impression on others with your smile.

A- With good oral hygiene and by taking care of your veneers as recommended, they can last between five years if composite and up to fifteen years if porcelain.

A - The cost varies depending on the type of veneer. Composite veneers cost less than porcelain veneers but do not last as long. Porcelain veneers cost less than Lumineers which are considered more durable. Our resident dentist can discuss these costs with you and payment options during your initial consultation.

A – Dental crowns used to be the option used to cover a damaged or discolored tooth. Now non-permanent veneers are available made from flexible resin that is removable and reusable. A popular option is Lumineers created from Cerinate porcelain.