Veneers are a great option for a smile makeover
Many of our patients here at Onyx Dental in Mississauga are opting to undergo smile makeovers. Veneers are a very effective choice for a smile redesign as this procedure can be done quickly and easily.
Veneers are a great option for a smile makeover as they can cover up several imperfections such as making short teeth look longer, closing gaps or disguising chipped or stained teeth. They can create anything from a Hollywood smile to a more natural aesthetic and give you an instant cosmetic transformation.
Firstly, what are veneers?
Veneers are custom-made, contact-thin shells which cover the front of your teeth to improve their appearance, a bit like a false nail. They also protect your teeth from damage and can help create a beautiful smile.
They are tooth-colored and matched to your other teeth. The veneers are bonded to your teeth to change the length, size, shape, or color. They are great for hiding stained, gappy, crooked or damaged teeth. The procedure is quick and minimally invasive.
Types of Veneers
There are various types of veneers although here at Onyx Dental we offer two types – porcelain veneers and composite veneers.
Porcelain veneers are a popular option, and these are made of custom-made high-quality tooth-colored ceramic which are very versatile and long lasting. They are durable and resistant to stains and usually last on average 10-15 years, sometimes even beyond. Our doctors specialize in minimally invasive and no-prep veneers techniques which requires little to no removal of any tooth structure.
Composite veneers also cover the front of the tooth but are made with a resin that is directly placed on your tooth. They are created free-hand and do not require a laboratory technician to fabricate them. Some benefits of composite veneers are that they are less expensive than porcelain and they are easily repairable. Unlike porcelain, however, they may stain with coffee, tea and red wine over time.
Our doctors will discuss which options would work best for you to achieve the beautiful, healthy smile that you desire.
How are they fitted?
Initially you will go through a digital smile design (DSD). This process involves a digital scan with iTero technology and digital photos with our HD-DSLR cameras. Once this information is gathered we will design a smile customized to your facial anatomy and preferences. Once we have a set of veneers that you are happy with they are sent to our partner labs for manufacturing.
In the meantime a temporary veneer is usually fitted before you return for your second appointment. The temporary veneers will be in the shape and color of what your new smile will look like but will be made out of plastic. This gives you the opportunity to test-drive your new smile and be sure you love the way it looks and feels.
For composite veneers, the doctors will select colors that will match your surrounding teeth and use the composite material to shape and sculpt your new smile. This is done in one single appointment and you will walk out with a brand new smile!
Taking care of veneers?
Aftercare and good oral hygiene are key to maintaining the longevity of veneers. It’s often advisable to avoid foods or drinks that may stain your teeth and avoid chewing on items which may damage your veneers such as hard candy or pencils! We advise you to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and of course brush and floss regularly.
What are the main benefits of porcelain veneers?
There are numerous benefits to veneers. They brighten your teeth and give you an instant natural looking dazzling smile. They can cover a variety of imperfections from chips, cracks, misshapen teeth, gaps, staining, pointy teeth or small teeth. They are durable and less invasive than crowns or implants whilst treatment time is pretty quick as they require only a few appointments.