Porcelain veneers can instantly change the size, shape and color of your teeth. Made of very thin layers of porcelain bonded to the surface of your teeth, porcelain veneers mimic the light-reflecting properties and translucency of real teeth giving you that beautiful and natural looking smile.

Porcelain veneers can be used to address the following problems:

  • Discoloration of teeth.
  • Worn down teeth.
  • Chipped or broken teeth.
  • Mildly misaligned teeth.
  • Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth.
  • Diastema or gaps between teeth.

 

What is the process having Porcelain Veneers?
1. Consultation
The first step to having porcelain veneers is consultation. During the consultation, our dentist will personally examine your teeth, evaluate your case, advise you of your options and provide you with a detailed treatment plan. Photographs, x-rays and a dental impression your teeth will also be taken during your consult.

2. Mock-Up
On your next visit, the dentist will create a mock-up of the planned veneers to show you the possible outcome. If you like and approve the mock-up, the dentist shall proceed to the next step.

3. Preparing the Teeth
On your next visit, the dentist will create a mock-up of the planned veneers to show you the possible outcome. If you like and approve the mock-up, the dentist shall proceed to the next step.

4. Dental Impression
When all the teeth are prepared, the dentist will now take a dental impression of your teeth. The dental impression will be sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of your porcelain veneers.

5. Temporary Veneers
While your veneers are being fabricated in a dental laboratory, the dentist will install a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth and to prevent sensitivity.

6. Fabricating the Veneers
Using the dental impression, the dental laboratory shall fabricate your veneers by layering and building up multiple layers of porcelain. The porcelain is then baked in a special oven to strengthen the veneers.

7. Fitting the Veneers
When the veneers are delivered on your next appointment, the dentist will inspect the quality and fit of the veneers on your teeth. Your approval will also be asked. Any change needed will be noted and the veneers will be sent back to the laboratory for adjustments.

8. Installing the Veneers
When the veneers are ready for final installation, the dentist shall etch your teeth with a special acid to prepare the surface of your teeth. Each tooth is then individually coated with a bonding agent. Dental cement is then applied on the back of the veneers before affixing it on the front of each tooth. Each veneer is cured with a special light to harden the cement and to fix your porcelain veneers permanently on your teeth.

Congratulations on your new smile! The process is finished.

Are Porcelain Veneers right for you?
You may not be a good candidate for Porcelain Veneers if you have any of the following conditions:

Poor Oral Health
If you have tooth decay, it is best for you to first ensure that your teeth are cavity free and decays are filled or restored.
If you have an extensively decayed, broken and infected tooth, you might need to undergo root canal treatment first. Instead of veneers, the dentist will recommend having a more durable protection for your tooth (dental crown) instead of porcelain veneers.
If you have untreated gum disease, it is important for you to address your periodontal problems and restore your oral health before having porcelain veneers.
Malocclusions
If you have extremely crooked or crowded teeth or have a severely misaligned bite, it would be best for you to first correct the alignment of your teeth with orthodontic braces or Invisalign Clear Aligners before having porcelain veneers.
Bruxism
If you have bruxism or if you grind your teeth, porcelain veneers might not be advisable for you. Clenching or grinding can cause your porcelain veneers to chip or crack. You may have to wear a mouth guard at night to protect your veneers.
Missing Teeth
Porcelain veneers are not meant to replace missing teeth. A dental implant, fixed dental bridge or a denture will be a more suitable solution for your missing teeth.
What are the alternatives to Porcelain Veneers?
Having porcelain veneers is an investment for your self. Like any investment, you must commit yourself to taking care of your veneers:

Direct Composite Veneers – can cover severe stains, fix cracks and close spacing between teeth using composite resin.
Teeth Whitening – can lighten the color of teeth from 2 to 8 shades.
Dental Crowns – can restore and protect severely damaged tooth.
Orthodontics – can align and correct severely crooked teeth or malocclusion.