Looking for a way to create a naturally beautiful smile? Veneers may be a good option for you!
What are veneers?
Very thin shells that are attached to the front of your teeth. At our Winnipeg dental office, we work solely with porcelain veneers. These do take more than one dental visits to complete (varies with each case).
How are porcelain veneers done?
The first step involves removing a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. We then create a mould of your teeth, which we use to custom-make your veneers. In the interim, we will place temporary veneers on your teeth while we perfect the custom-made set. The temporary ones are quite delicate though, so it’s important to treat them with care when eating and cleaning your teeth.
The second visit starts off by removing the temporary ones and conditioning the teeth to ensure adhesion. We then attach the porcelain veneers to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement.
Are they right for me?
They aren’t a good solution for every case. This is why we always recommend coming in for a complimentary consultation so we can better guide you. Here are a few instances where they may not be the right treatment:
- Decay or gum disease is present on the tooth. It’s important that we treat those problems first.
- The tooth doesn’t have enough enamel on it for the veneer to stick.
- Too much of the tooth is missing (a crown may be another option).
- Grind or clench your teeth? This can break or chip porcelain veneers.
What else should I know?
To keep your veneers looking their best for years to come, it’s important to keep this information on hand. We want your new smile to last you for years to come, so make sure to take care of it!
- A veneered tooth needs love just like the rest of your teeth – make sure to brush and floss it daily.
- Keep an eye on your veneer and check for chips or lifts to avoid giving a cavity the chance to form under it.
- Are you a big tooth grinder or jaw clencher? Both could cause them to break.
- Porcelain veneers can be chipped if you are not careful when biting or tearing into hard or chewy foods. Do not bite hard objects like ice cubes or fingernails.
- Cosmetic dental treatments like veneers might not be covered by your dental plan.