What are Veneers?

What exactly are Veneers? A Veneer is a thin slice of porcelain that is made to precisely fit over your tooth, much like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Although Veneers are always made of porcelain, there are still many different types available. High-end Veneers such as a Zirconium Procera or Emax Veneers are specially designed to emulate your natural teeth as closely as possible in both look and feel, so no one can tell it’s not a natural tooth! As each person is an individual, so is each tooth in your mouth. Each Veneer is handcrafted by a skilled dental technician to match the ideal shape and colour for your natural teeth.

When do you need it? Veneers are ideal for covering discolored or unsightly teeth or closing gaps between your front teeth. They can also be used to repair chips and cracks.

What is the process involved? Dr. Tran will start by numbing your tooth; a small amount of enamel is then removed from your tooth, usually the same thickness, as the new veneer will be. An impression is then taken using a rubber-like material. The impression (along with the shade of your teeth) is sent to a laboratory so that a dental technician can hand-make the veneer. Meanwhile, a temporary veneer is placed over the tooth to protect it until the permanent veneer is ready to be fitted. One or two weeks later, the new veneer arrives back from the laboratory and is then “glued” in place. Minor adjustments may then be needed to ensure the job is completed to perfection.

Can teeth whitening affect veneers? The color of veneers are permanent, they don’t yellow (or whiten) like the rest of your teeth. To make a veneer as natural-looking as possible, its color is matched to the color of the rest of your teeth at the time the veneer is fitted. If you are considering whitening (or straightening) your teeth, then we recommend doing it BEFORE you fit a veneer, so that all your teeth (including the new veneer) are the color you want them to be.