Porcelain veneers, also referred to as porcelain laminates, are tailor-made, thin shells that are designed to fit directly over the surface of your teeth. The porcelain shells are commonly bonded to the front of the teeth, effectively improving their size, shape and colour.

Properly fitted, veneers can quickly transform a smile and offer a perfect solution to achieve the look many individuals desire.

 

Who are Porcelain Veneers a Good Option For?

Porcelain veneers are often a great option for those with permanently stained, chipped or broken teeth. They can also serve as a treatment for those with gaps or other dental issues.

Veneers are Commonly Used for:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Irregularly shaped, uneven or misaligned teeth
  • Teeth with gaps or abnormal spacing

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is one of the most commonly used materials for veneers, with options including conventional designs, Lumineers and composite resin veneers. Lasting anywhere from 10-20 years, this dental solution is both a durable and effective solution to a number of cosmetic and functional dental issues.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Natural tooth appearance
  • Gums generally respond positively to porcelain
  • Porcelain is stain resistant
  • Colours and shades can be matched to existing teeth
  • Offers a conservative approach generally not needed extensive reshaping
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Enhanced appearance, shape, form and function
  • More affordable than implants

What is the Procedure/Process Like?

The process generally requires three trips to the dentist, including a consultation, and two office visits during which the veneers will be measured, prepared and applied.

What to expect:

  • Consultation, diagnosis and treatment planning: exams, diagnostics and finding out if the procedure is the right option for your goals and situation.
  • Preparation: removal of enamel to make room for the veneers, preparing a model of your teeth that will be used to make perfectly fitting veneers, and a set of temporary veneers until your next visit.
  • Bonding: final check on new veneers to make sure they are perfectly fitted and that you are comfortable with their colour. Adjustments may be made during this appointment, and then the veneers bonded to your teeth with special cement.