Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry solution that helps enhance the appearance of your teeth and can be custom-made from porcelain or composite resin. At Mission Hill Dental, we offer high-quality dental veneers to our patients in St. Albert, helping them achieve the beautiful, confident smile they deserve. In this blog post, we’ll explore what dental veneers are, how they work, who they are for, how long they last, their cost, potential downsides and more.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells placed on your teeth’s front surface. They are custom-made from porcelain or composite resin and designed to match your natural teeth’s colour, shape, and size. Veneers are typically used to cover teeth that are: chipped, cracked, discoloured, or unevenly spaced. They can also improve the shape and size of your teeth, giving you a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
The process of getting dental veneers usually requires two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Dimitrov will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the surface. This will create space for the veneers to fit comfortably and naturally over your teeth. Dr. Dimitrov will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory to create your custom veneers.
Once your veneers are ready, you’ll return to Dr. Dimitrov’s office for a second appointment. Dr. Dimitrov will check the fit and colour of your veneers before bonding them to your teeth using a special adhesive. Once the veneers are in place, Dr. Dimitrov will use a curing light to permanently harden the adhesive and bond the veneers to your teeth.
Who Are Dental Veneers For?
Dental veneers are an excellent option for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their teeth. They are particularly suitable for individuals with chipped, cracked, or stained teeth and those with unevenly spaced teeth or small gaps between them. However, veneers may not be recommended for individuals with severe dental problems, such as extensive decay or gum disease. Dr. Dimitrov will be able to evaluate your oral health and determine if veneers suit you.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
Dental veneers can last up to 10-15 years with proper care. However, their lifespan can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the veneers, how well they are cared for, and the individual’s oral hygiene habits. It is essential to maintain effective oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing regularly, to ensure the longevity of your veneers.
What Is the Cost of Dental Veneers?
The cost of dental veneers can vary depending on factors such as the number of veneers required, the material used, and Dr. Dimitrov’s expertise. Generally, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite resin veneers. At Mission Hill Dental, we offer competitive pricing for our dental veneer services. We also offer flexible payment options to make the procedure more accessible to our patients.
How Will You Choose What Colour to Make My Veneers
At Mission Hill Dental, we understand that every patient’s smile is unique, and we take a customized approach to choosing the colour of your veneers. We will work with you to select a shade that matches your natural teeth or achieves your desired look. We also consider factors such as the colour of your skin and the whites of your eyes to ensure that your veneers complement your overall appearance.
What Are the Downsides of Dental Veneers?
While dental veneers offer many benefits, there are some potential downsides. Firstly, getting veneers is irreversible, as a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from your teeth to create space for veneers. Additionally, veneers can be more fragile than natural teeth and may chip or crack if subjected to excessive force. Finally, veneers may not be suitable for individuals with certain dental problems or those with a habit of grinding their teeth.
Can my Veneers be removed in the future?
While veneers are a permanent solution, they can be removed if necessary. However, it’s critical to understand that the removal process can cause some damage to your natural teeth. This is because a small amount of enamel must be removed to remove the veneers. Additionally, removing veneers may not always be feasible or advisable, so discussing your options with Dr. Dimitrov before deciding on veneers is important.
How do I clean and protect my Veneers?
To keep your veneers looking their best, it’s critical to maintain proper oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. It’s also important to avoid habits that can damage your veneers, such as biting your nails or using your teeth to open packages. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also important to ensure the longevity of your veneers.
Does the Veneer process hurt?
Getting veneers typically involves minimal discomfort and is usually done under local anesthesia. You may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, but this is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
What happens if one of my Veneers comes off?
If one of your veneers comes off, it’s important to contact Mission Hill Dental as soon as possible. Dr. Dimitrov will evaluate the situation and determine the most appropriate course of action. Depending on the circumstances, the veneer may be able to be re-bonded to your tooth, or a new veneer may need to be created. However, it’s important to avoid attempting to reattach the veneer yourself, as this can cause further damage to your tooth.
Dental veneers are a versatile and effective solution for enhancing the appearance of your smile. At Mission Hill Dental, we are committed to providing our patients with high-quality dental veneers that are custom-designed to meet their unique needs and preferences. We hope this comprehensive guide has helped you understand what dental veneers are, how they work, who they are for, how long they last, their cost, and their potential downsides. If you are interested in dental veneers or any other cosmetic dentistry services, please do not hesitate to contact us at Mission Hill Dental in St. Albert. Our experienced and friendly team will happily answer any questions and help you achieve the beautiful, confident smile you deserve.