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Dental Veneers

A dental veneer (also called a dental laminate) is a very thin layer of porcelain or composite restorative material, formed in to a shell that matches the front of your tooth. Veneers are used to improve the look of a particular tooth due to discolouration, cracking or some other reason, such as enlarging a tooth to help fill gasp between teeth.

After the consultation, your dentist will shave off a very thin layer from the tooth to be veneered. You may want to have a local anaesthetic before this is done. Then, the dentist may take an x-ray or take an impression of your tooth, and send the impression to a dental laboratory. It usually takes about 4 days to receive the veneers back at the dentist’s. So, having a veneer will take 2 appointments.

At the second appointment the veneer is tried for fit and adjusted or contoured as necessary. Once the fit is perfect, the tooth’s surface is roughened and primer cement is applied. After the veneer is placed, it is “cured” by a dental light that hardens the chemicals in the cement.

Porcelain veneers, also called ceramic, are the preferred material that looks most “life-like” and are resistant to staining, but are also more expensive. Porcelain veneers are made in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth.

Composite veneers are made of glass or quartz crystals in a resin base. They can be made in some dental offices and placed directly, or created in the mouth like bonding and contouring procedures. Composite venners are less expensive than porcelain but may be less stain resistant.