Cosmetic Dentistry – Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers


Although patients frequently choose porcelain veneers (also called dental porcelain laminates) for cosmetic reasons, veneers also protect the teeth and create a more even bite. Common problems fixed by porcelain veneers include intrinsic staining (usually due to tetracycline, excessive fluoride, or darkening from a root canal), uneven wear, tooth gaps, or unusually shaped, chipped, or damaged teeth.

Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth and resist stains, unlike most veneers made from resins. They also come in a huge array of shades so that they can match your natural teeth perfectly! If special care is taken during preliminary procedures, teeth remain relatively impervious to temperature changes. Porcelain veneers are a perfect mid-range choice between less expensive tooth bonding and full porcelain crowns. They are also a popular option in our Fort McMurray cosmetic dentistry services.

Porcelain Veneer Application


It’s important that your dentist knows what results you want to achieve before the procedure. Once the initial preparations are made and a local anesthetic is applied, the dentist removes a fraction of a millimeter’s worth of tooth enamel so the veneer will not add bulk. The next step is taking a tooth impression for a perfect fit. Temporary veneers may be applied at the dentist’s discretion. Once the permanent veneers arrive, the dentist will check the shade and fit of each veneer and re-shape the veneer if needed. Permanent teeth are cleaned and polished, after which the dentist creates a rough surface (etching the teeth) for a better cement bond. Finally, the cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is placed on the tooth. Each time this occurs, a special light beam is applied to cure the cement. Finally, any excess cement is removed and the dentist evaluates the patient’s bite. During any follow-up visits for Fort McMurray cosmetic dentistry, the dentist will check the gums to assess their adjustment to the veneers.

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