Porcelain dental veneers have exploded in popularity over the past 10 years. In many cases, dental veneers are a great option to improve the appearance of teeth. If your teeth aren’t perfectly straight, have become discoloured, or have gaps, porcelain veneers may be able to provide a solution to getting the perfect smile that you’ve always wanted. Veneers can also be used to perfect an already-nice smile by improving minor details with a customizable solution.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers (porcelain dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are thin custom-made shells of tooth-coloured porcelain or resin composite materials. They are designed to improve the appearance of teeth by changing their color, shape, or size.
The Pros of Dental Veneers:
Customized correction: Dental veneers can provide correction for teeth that are chipped, rotated, fractured, or discoloured. They can also be customized to fit your facial symmetry.
Durability: Porcelain veneers can last a long time due to the fact that they are bonded to the tooth. There is a chemical adhesion between the tooth and the veneer. The material of veneer systems is some of the strongest material available and can last up to 15 years in comparison with plastic veneers which can last up to 7 years.
Hard to stain: Veneers can be more resistant to staining than the natural tooth. The material and oven-glazing in the final process of fabrication make it more difficult for stains to occur. The glass-like material of porcelain veneers is smooth and impervious so you won’t have to worry too much about coffee or wine stains.
Make slight modifications: Veneers are a great option for gaining control of your smile with improvements in colour, shape, and size. Custom-made veneers can improve slightly misshapen teeth or close a slight gap in between teeth.
Natural appearance. Dental veneers can provide a natural aesthetic because it replicates several of the same properties as tooth enamel. They can be difficult to notice except by your dentist.
Nothing is perfect and there are a few aspects to dental veneers that you should be aware of if you’re considering adding porcelain veneers to your smile.
Strength: Porcelain is not stronger than enamel so if you have chipped or broken teeth due to grinding, you may experience the same issues with your porcelain veneers. In this case, a nightguard will help protect your porcelain veneers. You may also need to replace your veneers in 15-20 years.
Cost: Veneers can be an investment and can range in quality. They can range from $1200 to $2000 per tooth.
Invasive: Porcelain veneers can be more invasive than other procedures such as tooth bonding. Without a little tooth reduction, the tooth may appear bulky. As some tooth reshaping may be needed for porcelain veneers, the procedure will not be reversible.
Are you interested in improving the appearance of your smile? If you’re considering dental veneers in North Vancouver, it’s important to have a dentist evaluate your teeth and answer your questions beforehand. Learn more about your dental veneer options in North Vancouver with Peak Dental Arts. Our practise is proud to offer North and West Vancouver dentistry services.