Veneers Sherwood Park
As part of our cosmetic dental services, Bennett Dental offers application of veneers to improve the aesthetic of frontal teeth. Veneers are very fine shells that are attached to the front face part of a tooth and are typically made of porcelain or composite resin.
Porcelain is a preferred choice as it is both stronger and resistant to colouring or staining. Porcelain require at least 2 dental appointments at our Sherwood Park location where the composite resin veneers can be applied in a single visit.
Each tooth is unique, and in some cases you may be able to get minimal reduction veneer - which minimizes the amount of removal of tooth material or avoids it altogether.
Application of porcelain veneers may require some local anesthetic or freezing. A thin layer of the enamel is removed off of the front face of the tooth. Your dentist will make a mold of the tooth which can be used to create your custom porcelain veneers. During this process, temporary veneers can be placed on top of the tooth that has had its enamel layer removed. Temporary veneers are fragile so proper care must be taken while eating and cleaning so they don't come loose.
Once your custom porcelain veneers have been constructed you will be back for your final appointment to have these veneers applied to your teeth. It involves a mild chemical applied to the front facing surface of the tooth, which will improve adhesion. The porcelain veneers are glued to your teeth using a composite resin cement mixture.
Composite Resin Veneers
Similar to the concept of bonding, a mild chemical is applied to the front facing surface of the tooth that makes it rougher to improve adhesion of the veneer to the enamel. A composite resin that matches the colour of your teeth is applied in multiple layers. Each layer is hardened by using a bright light. With the last layered applied and hardened your dentist can now shape and polish the veneer to form to your tooth and look natural with adjacent teeth.
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Who Should Get Veneers?
Porcelain and composite veneers can be applied in certain cases and a dentist will only recommend them if you are a good candidate. If you aren't sure whether or not you might need veneers, Sherwood Park dentistry Bennett Dental can let you know if this is a recommended procedure.
It is important that the teeth in question have no decay or in an area that has gum disease. These problems must be addressed prior to having veneers.
Teeth that have little enamel are not good candidates as the veneers will not adhere properly. Also, if a tooth is missing large or key portions, it may be a better candidate for a dental crown.
Dental veneers also would not be recommended to those grind or clenches their teeth (bruxism) as it will eventually damage the veneers.
Taking Care of Your Veneers
You can treat your veneers - porcelain or composite - just as you would your regular teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is required daily. It is important that you take care of your veneers as essentially they are now acting as the enamel of your teeth. Should a veneer chip or peel, a cavity can form underneath the veneer requiring it do be redone at our Sherwood Park dentist office. If enough damage has been sustained, it may require that a crown is used instead of a veneer.
Care must be taken to avoid biting on hard or chewy foods. Please note that cosmetic dental treatments may not be covered by dental insurance plans.