Veneers and Laminates
Are you looking for a conservative way to makeover your smile? If so, then dental veneers may be the perfect treatment for you. Veneers, also known as laminates, are a popular cosmetic dental procedure that uses thin porcelain or resin shells to improve the aesthetics of one’s smile. They are often used to reshape broken, misshapen, or irregular teeth, as well as to provide a solution for discolored teeth that do not respond to whitening.
Did You Know?
Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Ben Affleck, and Hilary Duff all have dental veneers. Luckily, dental veneers are both accessible and affordable, making them one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments among dental patients.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are dental veneers or laminates right for me?
Dental veneers may be right for you if you are looking for a cosmetic dental treatment to remedy teeth that are:
- Irregularly shaped
- Unevenly sized
To find out for sure if veneers are the right cosmetic dental treatment for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Claudia Wood of Danforth Dental Solutions.
What are veneers made of?
Although many people associate veneers with porcelain, dental veneers can be made from either porcelain or resin. During your consultation, both materials will be discussed to determine which material fits your budget, treatment goals, and individual cosmetic needs.
- Durable and long lasting
- More natural appearance
- Highly stain resistant
- More expensive
- Requires more preparation
- Require minimal preparation
- More affordable
- Can be placed in a single appointment
- Shorter lifespan
What types of veneers are available?
Veneers are available in two forms depending on the amount of preparation needed to place them. Traditional veneers are the most common and require that some enamel must be removed so the tooth can naturally accommodate the veneer. No-prep veneers are ultra-thin compared to traditional veneers and do not require as much enamel, if any, to be removed.
What are the pros and cons of veneers?
Like any cosmetic dental treatment, there are both pros and cons to veneers. Understanding these pros and cons is a key way to determine if veneers are the right treatment option for you.
How are veneers placed at Danforth Dental?
At Danforth Dental, veneers are placed over the course of two dental appointments. The first appointment is necessary so that your teeth can be properly prepared for veneers. To prepare your teeth, a small amount of enamel is filed away and your teeth are shaped accordingly to accommodate the placement of veneer shell. This enamel modification is what makes veneers a permanent treatment because it cannot be undone.
The next step in preparation for veneers is to have a dental impression taken of your mouth. To obtain a dental impression, a plastic or metal tray will be inserted into your mouth on either the top or bottom arch, depending where the veneers will be located. This tray contains a soft putty that will gradually harden around your teeth, creating a rubber-like mold of your mouth. Dental impressions are then sent to a dental lab so your veneers are customized for your mouth.
Once the veneers have been fabricated and are returned to our office, you will also return to our office for their final placement. They will be checked to ensure the fit and color are correct, then they will be permanently placed using a special adhesive and curing light.
What happens after my veneer placement procedure?
After your veneers are placed, you will be able to return to your usual routine with no dietary restrictions. However, if your mouth was anesthetized, you are advised to wait until the anesthetic wears off before eating or drinking.
After your first appointment, your teeth may experience a period of tooth sensitivity, or pain in response to sugary foods, as well as hot and cold foods. This occurs as a result of the enamel lost during the preparation process. In most cases, this will improve once the teeth have had a chance to adapt or when the permanent veneers are placed.
After the second appointment, you may notice rough spots on the veneers caused by excess adhesive. This is normal and usually brushing and eating are enough to remove the adhesive and smooth out the veneer surface within a few days. If after a week the veneer is still rough or if there is a sharp edge bothering you, simply come into the office and we can file it down.
What do I need to do to take care of my veneers?
Caring for your veneers is much like caring for your natural teeth. You will need to brush your teeth and the veneers twice a day for two minutes at a time with fluoridated toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Additionally, it is important to attend regular dental appointments at Danforth Dental every six months. These appointments allow Dr. Wood to assess the condition of your restoration, as well as your oral health.
In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, you will also need to eliminate poor oral habits that can be destructive to your veneers. Destructive oral habits can include smoking, chewing on ice cubes, biting your nails, using your teeth to open packages, and teeth grinding. Although your veneers are strong, they can become damaged, like your natural teeth, if exposed to too much abnormal force. For this reason, it is important to discontinue the aforementioned behaviors and get fitted for a mouth guard if you are a teeth grinder.
How long do veneers last?
The average lifespan of veneers is 5-15 years. There is such a large range because it depends on the materials and type of the veneer, as well as how well you take care of it. Generally, composite veneers have a shorter lifespan of 5-7 years and porcelain veneers have a longer lifespan of 10-15 years.
For dedicated and caring dental care, schedule a consultation with Dr. Claudia Wood of Danforth Dental Solutions. Danforth Dental Solutions is proud to serve Toronto and the surrounding areas.