Due to their versatility, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at Aesthetic Dental Studio. Our dentist often includes these long-lasting restorations as part of a smile makeover in order to help you achieve a dazzling, beautiful smile.
Porcelain veneers can be used to quickly correct a wide range of aesthetic imperfections with your smile, but they aren't necessarily the right choice for everyone. The best way to find out whether veneers are the best option to achieve your cosmetic dentistry goals is to speak with Dr. Gordon Chee in person.
Please call 587-315-5080 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, and nearby areas of Alberta.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are customized, wafer-thin shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth in order to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers are a durable, long-lasting method of dental restoration.
The porcelain material used to create veneers can mimic the translucent properties of tooth enamel, ensuring beautiful, natural-looking results. In addition, Dr. Chee can match the colour of your porcelain veneers to the shade of adjacent teeth, ensuring that your veneers blend in seamlessly with your smile.
What Dental Issues Can Porcelain Veneers Correct?
Porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance of a wide range of aesthetic issues, from small imperfections that affect one tooth to more severe problems spanning multiple teeth.
The cosmetic concerns that porcelain veneers can address include:
- Uneven teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Severely worn teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Misshapen teeth
If you suffer from one or more of these common dental issues, you will be amazed at how porcelain veneers can restore your smile and your self-esteem.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
There are many benefits associated with choosing porcelain veneers for your cosmetic dentistry needs. These benefits include:
- Beautiful, natural looking results
- A durable, long-lasting cosmetic improvement
- Veneers only require three office visits
- They are customizable to address your unique cosmetic goals
- They restore the strength and function of your teeth
- Veneers can correct several different aesthetic flaws at once
- You can flash your smile with confidence
An added benefit of porcelain veneers is that they do not accumulate stains like natural teeth might from smoking or drinking coffee, tea or dark wines. As long as the veneer maintains its glaze, it is very stain-resistant. Mistreated veneers may stain if the glaze is worn away.
Porcelain veneers are also able to resist plaque buildup. However, ignoring your oral health over time will eventually cause plaque to accumulate. Follow healthy dental habits to keep your veneers in great shape.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, you are most likely a candidate for porcelain veneers. In general, you may be a good candidate if:
- You have enough tooth enamel to support the veneers
- You have healthy teeth, free of decay
- You do not have gum disease
- You don't grind your teeth, since this can cause your veneers to wear out more quickly
- You practice good oral hygiene
If you have tooth decay or gum disease, it won't necessarily rule you out as a candidate for veneers. However, Dr. Chee will have to treat these conditions and restore your teeth and gums to optimal health prior to undergoing your procedure.
The Porcelain Veneers Process
Typically, the application of porcelain veneers takes three visits to complete:
- Diagnosis and planning
During the first visit, you will take an active role in the design of your new smile. We will explain the veneers process thoroughly to you, and Dr. Chee will make individualized recommendations regarding your treatment plan.
During the second visit, your teeth will be prepared to accommodate your veneers. Dr. Chee will then take an impression of your teeth which is sent to the lab that will make your porcelain veneers.
The third and final appointment will take approximately 1-2 hours. Dr. Chee will place the veneers on your teeth, and he will check their fit and colour. Once Dr. Chee has determined that the fit and colour are correct, he'll bond the veneers to your teeth using a dental cement that is placed between the veneer and the tooth. A visible light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement.
Caring for Your Veneers
Patients often wonder if their veneers will require a lot of additional care. But caring for your veneers is as simple as caring for your natural teeth!
Remember to brush and floss regularly and your veneers will reward you by looking beautiful for many years. Avoid overly abrasive toothpaste and be sure to see Dr. Chee regularly for checkups.
Porcelain veneers are strong, durable and long-lasting with regular care. Your porcelain veneers may last up to ten years. However, each experience is individual and some patients may experience shorter or longer wear.
What Does “Instant Orthodontics” Mean?
Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.” That is because veneers can help you achieve the appearance of straight teeth in just three office visits. If you would like to achieve a straight, beautiful smile, but don't want to commit to the lengthy process associated with braces and other traditional orthodontics treatments, then porcelain veneers may be an excellent option for you.
Keep in mind that "instant orthodontics" will only provide the appearance of straight teeth. Underneath the veneers, your teeth will still be crooked. If you want to address the underlying issues associated with crooked teeth, you'll need to commit to the time necessary for braces or Invisalign.
Porcelain Veneer Financing Options
Cost is a consideration for many of our patients who are considering porcelain veneers. Since veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, they are typically not covered by insurance.
However, Aesthetic Dental Studio believes that everyone deserves a beautiful smile, and we provide a variety of affordable financing options to accommodate most budgets. During your consultation with Dr. Chee, your potential costs will be outlined so that you will have the information necessary to determine how to finance this procedure.
Contact our Calgary Dentist
Please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio using the form on this page or call 587-315-5080 today to schedule your porcelain veneers consultation. We serve patients in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane and the surrounding areas of Alberta.