If you are looking to improve the look and appearance of your smile, veneers may be an option for you.

So what exactly are veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth and improve how your smile looks. Veneers can be used to fill gaps as well as change the shape and color of your teeth. However, in addition to improving the look of our smile, veneers can also be used to help fix cavities or broken teeth.

Veneers are most often made from porcelain. Porcelain veneers are stronger, last longer and will not stain compared to composite resin.

Now that you know what veneers are and a bit more about them, how are they done?

In the planning stages, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and create a mock up of approximately what the veneers will look like. The shade of your natural teeth as well as the desired shade of the veneers is also discussed.

Once treatment planning is complete, the process is usually done in two appointments. The first appointment involves preparing your teeth for the veneers by removing a thin layer of your enamel.

Next, an impression of your prepared teeth is taken and temporary veneers are fabricated to wear until your next visit. On your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and try on the permanent veneers. The fit, shade and shape is checked and any adjustments are made before permanently cementing them into place.

These veneers should be treated like regular teeth, and should be brushed and flossed regularly. It is also important to understand that grinding or clenching your teeth can cause damage to the veneers. If you clench or grind, the dentist may recommend the use of a nightguard or botox/xeomin to reduce the force on the veneers. Also, regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist are very important to ensure the health of the teeth and the integrity of the veneers.

Due to the elective nature of cosmetic dentistry procedures you are unlikely to be covered entirely (or in some cases partially) by insurance. Payment plans in some cases may be available to help with the cost of the procedure. To set up a consultation and learn more about our cosmetic dentistry treatments that best suit your needs, contact one of our cosmetic dentists in Sherwood Park.

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