Veneers are a thin layers of material which are bonded to the teeth. Veneers are normally used to to either protect the surface of the tooth or to improve appearance. Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. The precise shade of colour can be chosen to improve the look of a tooth or to lighten the front teeth.Veneers are made from composite resin or porcelain. Veneers are made by a technician offsite or built up in the mouth on the day. The cost for having a veneer done may range from $240-$1170.
4 or more composite veneer (single sitting) - $240 each
One tooth composite veneer - $350
Porcelain veneer - $1170 each
Composite Veneers - Before After
Porcelain Veneers - Before After
Our Most Recent Veneer Case - October 2015 Our most recent case - May 2016
Combination of Porcelain Veneers and Teeth Whitening Closing the Gap - "Diastema Closure"
How Is The Treatment For Veneers Done?
Veneers usually require minimum tooth/tissue preparation. It is the most conservative of dental procedures. However, some of the enamel of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded in place later for maximum aesthetic results which may vary from case to case. A local anaesthetic may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not necessary.
For Porcelain Veneers, once the tooth has been prepared, we take an impression of the tooth. This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural. A veneer takes at least two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it.
For Composite Veneers, the veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth) and this procedure is done in one sitting. Composite veneers are prone to discolouring/staining which may require polishing from time to time (6-12 months). However, this is a very simple procedure and can be carried out in a single short appointment.
Post Op Care for Porcelain Veneers
Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a time following treatment.
For the first few days avoid extremely hot or cold food beverages. If your gums were recontoured during treatment they may be tender after the anesthesia wears off. Rinsing with warm salt water will help. Pain relief may be taken to increase your level of comfort.
After the cementation of your porcelain veneers, it may take a few days to get used to the new veneers. Your bite and the way your teeth come together may feel different especially if we changed the length, shape and/or thickness of your teeth. If your bite feels imbalanced, please be sure to call us for an appointment to make an adjustment.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are a wonderful way to create a beautiful flawless smile. Though porcelain veneers are extremely durable, you will need to take care of them to make them last as long as possible. Practising the following tips will greatly help in keeping your porcelain veneers looking and functioning their best.
- Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is key to increasing the lifespan of your veneers.
- Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Regular dental check ups not only help keep your teeth and gums healthy, but also allow your dentist to assess your porcelain veneers and repair any issues that could damage them.
Caring for Your Composite Veneers
- Avoid hard foods. Composite veneers aren't as delicate as their porcelain counterparts, but under the right form of pressure they can chip and break. Avoid things like hard candy, nuts and bones.
- Avoid foods and drinks that stain. Things like coffee, tea, soda, red wine and grape juice can stain composite veneers. Although cigarettes aren't food, they can also do their fair share of staining. If you can't avoid these items altogether, brush and rinse well after you indulge.
- Use either a toothbrush with a soft bristle or an electric toothbrush.
- Avoid abrasive toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes and those with baking soda tend to be more abrasive than others. Ask your dentist what he recommends.
- Floss at least once a day. Having veneers over your teeth doesn't mean that flossing should stop. Plaque can still build up between the teeth.
- Get twice yearly check-up from your dentist. Tell any new dentists that you have composite veneers, as certain cleaning methods can scratch or damage them.
- Wearing a night guard is an option. Grinding your teeth at night can cause eventual damage to the veneers. A night guard can help you avoid such problems.