Veneers are in other words a shell that serves to cover the front of the tooth. Fabricated in porcelain or in composite, they are manly used to:
- Improve the colour, the contour or the form of the teeth
- Fix the alignment of the teeth
- Restore moderately worn out or fractured teeth
- Arrange the appearance of slightly misaligned teeth
- To close diastemas (spaces between teeth)
Two treatment options are possible in terms of types of veneers. Each have their own advantages and inconveniences.
First option is the veneers made of composite. It is the least expensive, only takes one appointment and there is a variety of colors to choose from to match the adjacent teeth. Unfortunately, composite veneers are less durable than the porcelain ones and are less resistant to stains due to tobacco use or foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea, blueberries, etc.
Second options is the veneers made of porcelain which is fabricated in a dental laboratory. This type of veneer offers durability and a large selection of shades and colors. However, this options is more expensive and requires 2 appointments. First appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the placement of a veneer by removing about ½ millimetre of enamel all around the tooth, under local anesthesia. Then, an impression is taken and send to a dental laboratory where the veneer is made. A temporary veneer is placed on the tooth and remains there until the following appointment. Once we have receive the final veneer, a second appointment will be scheduled for the permanent placement of the veneer.