Porcelain Veneers

“It’s never too late to improve your smile.”

Porcelain Veneers

“It’s never too late to improve your smile.”

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are placed over a damaged, misaligned, or stained tooth to conceal cosmetic issues and change the appearance of the tooth. They are one of the most effective and aesthetically gratifying remedies for teeth that are chipped, cracked, gapped, stained, misshaped, or even misaligned — often being incorporated in smile makeovers to create gorgeous smile transformations.

What Happens During The Porcelain Veneers Procedure?

Treatment with porcelain dental veneers begins with an examination and consultation appointment where our dental team will work hand in hand with you to understand your aesthetic concerns and needs. Records of your teeth and smile will then be made in accordance with the Digital Smile Design (DSD) Protocol which allows us to design veneers that are naturally beautiful. We will share the final designs and create a simulated smile for your approval before we move on to the treatment. This way, there is no guesswork involved, and we can achieve an optimal aesthetic for our patients.

After models are made of your prepared teeth,  porcelain veneers will be custom-made for the teeth, ensuring a comfortable fit. After the veneer is designed, it is color-matched to the surrounding teeth — or to your aesthetic preference — and bonded to the tooth. It takes approximately 7-10 days for the permanent veneers to be returned from the ceramist. 

Depending upon the type of veneers you choose, you may be given temporary veneers while you wait. The damaged tooth can then be concealed with a healthy-looking porcelain veneer for a rejuvenated appearance.

The colour of porcelain veneers will not change over time, so your teeth will remain bright and vibrant. Porcelain dental veneers can be an excellent way of addressing common problems with your teeth while creating a beautiful new smile with results that look and feel natural.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

When properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for years, even decades. They are made from a strong, durable, stain-resistant material which is resistant to colour changes. While porcelain veneers keep your smile looking youthful, practising good daily oral hygiene and scheduling routine oral exams are the best way to maintain your results for the long run. Patients who frequently clench their jaw or grind their teeth at night may consider a small oral appliance to protect the veneers during sleep.

Are There Any Alternatives To Porcelain Veneers?

If you are not a suitable candidate for treatment with all porcelain veneers due to badly damaged, severely misshapen, decayed, or otherwise problematic teeth — our doctors may recommend custom porcelain crowns instead to improve the health, strength, and appearance of each affected tooth. Instead of covering just the visible front surface of the tooth, a dental crown fits over the vulnerable body of the treated tooth like a cap to restore proper form and function while creating a more ideal appearance that blends with your surrounding teeth.

For individuals who do not want veneers but are interested in making minor, purely cosmetic improvements, cosmetic bonding may be more suitable. Tooth-coloured composite resin is incredibly versatile; however, this method does not yield results that are as long-lasting or resistant to colour changes unlike porcelain veneers.

Ultimately, the ideal treatment option for you will depend on a variety of factors that our team at Newlife will discuss with you during your consultation. Our team strives to understand your dental needs and will explain all of the options that will help fix your smile.

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