Dental veneers are thin shells commonly made from either porcelain or resin-composite materials. They are attached to the front surface of a tooth in order to improve the shape, color, and/or overall appearance of the tooth.
Veneers are typically used for:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Filling the gaps between teeth
- To change the shape of an individual tooth
- To help create an even and symmetrical smile
Since veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, they are often not covered by insurance providers. The cost ranges widely depending on several factors such as the material used, what brand names are available, and how many veneers are being done
If taken care of properly, a veneer can last for 10 to 15 years before it needs to be replaced. A veneered tooth must be treated just like a natural tooth. It is important to brush and floss daily and avoid clenching or grinding your teeth because this may result in a chip or fracture in the veneer.
To see if veneers are right for you, you should book an appointment to discuss your options with one of our dentists. Many features such as the shape, fit, and colour of the veneers must be discussed to ensure your satisfaction.
It is important to note that veneers require the teeth to be filed down, in order to make the surface more suitable for bonding. This filing is permanent and irreversible, but it is necessary in order for the veneers to bond properly and securely to the tooth.