How Can Dental Veneers Benefit You?
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How Can Dental Veneers Benefit You?

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, shell-like coverings that are fabricated in a lab to be placed on the front surface of teeth to improve the look and sometimes function of a tooth. Dental veneers can change the colour, shape and size of a tooth. Veneers are most commonly made from porcelain and do not stain or change in colour over time. Dental veneers are strong and sturdy compared to other similar options such as composite bonding and will last many years if taken care of properly. Often veneers are recommended in even numbers to create a more uniform appearance. Dental veneers cannot be placed if there is decay, not enough tooth structure left (such as from a fracture or wear from grinding), or the enamel is too thin. 

How Are Dental Veneers Placed? 

Porcelain dental veneers typically take two appointments. On the first appointment, your teeth and gums will be frozen, and your dentist will sand down a small amount of the tooth/teeth surface where the veneers will be placed. This allows for adequate space for the future veneers to fit. An impression will be taken of your teeth to send to a lab to fabricate the veneers. In the meantime, temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth until the permanent veneers are ready. The veneers will usually take a week or less to be made in the lab. At the second appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed, and the permanent veneers will be placed. The shape/size/colour of the veneers will be fabricated based on your preferences and your dentist’s recommendations.

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How to Care for Dental Veneers  

Treat your veneers just like you’d treat your natural teeth. Veneers need to be brushed and flossed to prevent bacteria build-up. It is recommended to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Veneers can be susceptible to cavities around the gum line margin, so it is essential to keep them as clean as possible. Use a sweeping motion with your toothbrush away from the gum line to prevent recession of the gums around the veneers. 

If you believe you would benefit from dental veneers, or have any questions about them, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment. 


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