Veneers: For Hollywood-Style Smiles

Ever notice how many celebrities have dazzling, perfectly shaped teeth? It’s often a result of veneer work, but you don’t have to be in the spotlight to have a thousand-watt smile.

Veneers are thin shells you can have applied onto the front of a tooth or set of teeth to hide blemishes and cover crookedness, for a brighter, more confident smile.

Two Ways to Veneer

We’ll fit you with either composite resin or porcelain veneers. The latter is stronger and less prone to staining, but it usually takes two visits.

Porcelain

  1. We remove a thin layer of the enamel from your teeth (sometimes less than ½ millimeter), then make a mold of your teeth to use for custom-designing your veneers.
  2. You’ll leave the office with temporary veneers to replace the removed enamel and wear them until your permanent veneers are ready. Your temporaries will be very fragile, so you’ll want to treat them gently.
  3. You’ll come back and we’ll replace your temporaries with your permanents, cementing each one in place.

Composite resin

  1. The tooth is prepared for the placement of the veneer.
  2. We’ll choose a composite resin colour that matches the rest of the teeth in your mouth and layer it onto your tooth or teeth.
  3. We’ll form the resin into the shape of a tooth, and polish it so it looks 100% natural and smooth.

When are Veneers Not Appropriate?

Because veneers are topical and designed to fit over relatively healthy teeth, teeth that have lost too much of their enamel (e.g. from fractures, decay, acid erosion etc.) might not be candidates for this treatment.

People who grind or clench their teeth (known as bruxism) are generally not candidates for veneers either, as the condition often leads to a chipping of the veneers.

Also, veneers may not be the best solution to correct an overly misaligned smile. Your dentist will examine your teeth and help determine if veneers are right for you.

Remember

  • If a veneer chips or peels off, or if a cavity forms under a veneer, the veneer typically needs to be remade or the tooth may need to a crown.
  • A veneer can sometimes be recemented. If the veneer peels off or chips, come see your dentist right away and bring the fractured pieces with you. Your dentist will then determine the best course of action.
  • Be careful when biting into ice cubes, chicken bones or other hard foods.
  • Refrain from biting your fingernails.