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What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. They are made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Done?
With porcelain veneers, our KH Dentists will give you a local anesthetic (freezing). Your dentist then removes a thin layer of the enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. Then our dentists will make a mold of your teeth. This mold is used to custom-make your porcelain veneers. In the meantime, we may place temporary veneers to replace the portion of the tooth that was removed. These are worn until your custom porcelain veneers are ready. The temporary veneers are very fragile and need to be treated gently during eating and cleaning.
On your next visit, your KH Dentist will remove the temporary veneers and puts a mild chemical on your teeth to create a surface for the porcelain veneers stick to. The porcelain veneers are then glued to your teeth one by one using a permanent fixative.
Are Veneers Right For Me?
Although Veneers are a great option for some individuals, not everyone is a good candidate for veneers, and may benefit from a different treatment. Here are some reasons why your dentist may suggest treatments other than veneers:
If a tooth has decay or is in an area that has periodontal disease (gum disease). These problems must be treated first.
If a tooth has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly.
If too much of the tooth is missing, a crown may be another option.
What Are Dental Veneers?
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you.
If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding a new bone to your jawbone.
Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if bone grafting can be done.
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