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How Veneers Work

By pamelali, in Articles, on February 10, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Veneers can entirely reshape a patient’s smile, as they are the perfect solution for treating many dental conditions.

They are more conservative than crowns, but are still very strong. Bonding with white filling material is another option to reshape a smile, but they need more maintenance and do not have the natural translucency and shine of porcelain, notes Dr. Pamela Li an Ottawa dental implants provider.

Porcelain veneers are fine ceramic shells that are bonded directly to the front and top of the teeth. They are growing increasingly popular because of their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as a choice, patients don’t need to suffer with gaps between their teeth – or teeth that are stained, misshapen or crooked.The Ottawa  cosmetic dentistry provider finds veneers useful to manage various aesthetic problems:

Misshapen Teeth: Veneers can help to create a uniform appearance for a beautiful smile.
Stained Teeth: Sometimes stained teeth can be enhanced by teeth whitening products, but if such products don’t work, veneers can cover any stains on a patient’s teeth.

Gaps: Spaces between a patient’s teeth can be closed using veneers that will make teeth look uniform.
Damaged Teeth: Sometimes teeth become badly worn from excessive grinding or by carbonated drinks; other patients’ teeth are chipped or broken. These patients can benefit from veneers.
“The teeth can be reshaped back to their natural form,” explains Li, an Ottawa Invisalign dentist.

Crooked Teeth: Teeth that are not severely crooked can use veneers to create straighter, more aligned smiles, “but veneers can’t correct severely crooked teeth,” notes Li, an Ottawa  veneers provider. “Only braces can do that.”

At our Ottawa porcelain veneers office, a patient can obtain veneers in two visits. First, Dr. Li readies the teeth for the veneer by lightly shaping the tooth’s surface. We get an impression of the teeth; the patient chooses the desired tooth color. Sometimes, temporary veneers will be installed at this time.

In one or two weeks, the permanent veneer is usually ready. During the second appointment, the teeth will be cleaned with special liquids to permit a durable bond. The dentist uses bonding cement between the tooth and veneer. A special light beam is used to solidify and set the bond.

The ultra-thin porcelain veneers are almost undetectable and extremely resistant to coffee, tea or even cigarette stains. They are strong and look more like healthy, white tooth enamel than other restorative options. Their thinness allows light to shine through them and take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.

“A porcelain veneer can fix a wide variety of problems,” notes Li, an Ottawa dental care provider. “The procedure is easy and quick – and it helps you achieve a beautiful smile.”

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