When you want to achieve significant improvements in the appearance of relatively healthy and even slightly damaged (chipped or cracked) teeth, porcelain veneers can provide an outstanding option. Porcelain veneers can correct a wide variety of perceived dental flaws with a single procedure to give you the beautifully perfected smile you’ve always wanted. Many patients choose porcelain veneers to achieve a transformative smile makeover that highlights their facial beauty and boosts self-confidence.
Learn more about porcelain veneers and alternative treatments by exploring the sections provided below or contacting our practice to schedule an appointment.
- What Are Porcelain Veneers?
- Porcelain Veneers Candidates
- Porcelain Veneers Treatment
- Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers Cost
- Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are applied to the entire front surface of each tooth to enhance their appearance. Custom-designed veneers can be applied to change the colour, shape, angle, spacing, and/or alignment of the teeth. With help from our skilled dental team at Kelowna Dental Centre, long-lasting porcelain veneers can fix teeth that are broken, chipped, cracked, gapped, or discoloured. Cosmetic dental treatment with durable, natural-looking, color-stable porcelain veneers can improve your smile and give you more self-confidence.
Who Is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Almost anyone with good dental structure and dental health who wants a more beautiful smile can potentially be a candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can be a great cosmetic option for patients with the following concerns:
- Dental stains and discolouration, especially discolouration that does not respond to whitening treatments
- Mild to moderate tooth misalignment
- Gaps and spaces between teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Worn, short, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Enamel erosion
During a consultation, one of our dentists will listen to your concerns and perform a comprehensive dental examination to determine if porcelain veneers, another procedure, or a combination of treatments is the best approach for achieving your goals.
What Happens During the Porcelain Veneers Treatment Process?
With porcelain veneers, your dentist may give you a local anesthetic to prevent any potential discomfort. Your dentist then removes a thin layer of the enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers, and then makes a mold of your teeth. This mold is used to custom-make your porcelain veneers. In the meantime, your dentist may place temporary veneers to replace the portion of the tooth that was removed. These are worn until your porcelain veneers are ready. The temporary veneers are very fragile and need to be treated gently during eating and cleaning as they come loose very easily.
On your next visit, your dentist removes the temporary veneers and puts a mild chemical on your teeth to make them a little rough. This helps the porcelain veneers stick to your teeth better. The porcelain veneers are then glued to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable and can last up to 20 years or more if cared for properly. When crafted from high-quality ceramic material, porcelain veneers can also be stain-resistant, remaining bright and white for the lifetime of your veneers. Porcelain veneer maintenance is just as simple as caring for your natural teeth with twice-daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings and exams. If a veneer becomes damaged, it is easy to replace it with natural-looking, colour-matched results. For patients who clench or grind their teeth, a custom oral appliance can be worn at night to protect veneers and any other restorations.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers varies according to the number of veneers you need, the size, and the location. At Kelowna Dental Centre, we will work with you to find an affordable option that is right for you. After your consultation, once a customized treatment plan has been developed to address your needs and goals, you will be provided a detailed cost estimate for your care.
Are There Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers?
In addition to porcelain veneers, we also offer alternative treatments, such as cosmetic bonding and porcelain crowns, which may be more suitable for your dental needs. Cosmetic bonding is a process that involves the application of tooth-colored composite material to a portion of the affected tooth to improve its appearance and enhance the overall look of the smile. Like porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding can correct a variety of dental flaws with beautiful results; however, the results are not typically as durable or long-lasting and may require eventual replacement to maintain a natural-looking appearance. Another benefit of bonding is its lower cost when compared to porcelain veneers.
When a tooth is badly damaged or decayed and requires additional structural support to achieve an optimal outcome, a porcelain crown may be recommended. Whereas a porcelain veneer covers only the front surface of the tooth, a crown covers the entire tooth body like a cap, providing a strong, natural-looking, and functional result that can last for decades. A crown can be fabricated to match perfectly with the colour and shape of neighbouring veneers and natural teeth for a beautifully restored and healthy smile.
Your dentist will discuss all of your options with you during your consultation and explain the benefits and drawbacks of each, so that you can make an informed decision about the treatment plan that aligns with your priorities, budget, and goals.
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