Area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses.
A layer of material placed over the tooth, veneers improve the aesthetics of a smile and/or protect the tooth’s surface from damage
- Porcelain Veneers – are composed of a durable, high-quality ceramic that can be
matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth for a seamless, natural look;
- Lumineers – are composed of Cerinate® ceramic – an ultra-thin material that can
typically be placed without the use of drilling or injections;
- Zirconia Porcelain Veneers – are often ideal for patients who have teeth that are
more severely damaged or decayed.
Lumineers – are composed of Cerinate® ceramic – an ultra-thin material that can typically
Be placed without the use of drilling or injections.
Zirconia Porcelain Veneers – are often ideal for patients who have teeth that are more
severely damaged or decayed.
Bridges and Crowns – are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implants. Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth:
- Ceramic – are used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material;
- Porcelain-fused to Metal – provides a stronger bond than regular porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. It’s also extremely durable;
- Base Metal Alloy – is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed prior to fitting.
Dentures – are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth:
- Full Dentures – is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed;
- Partial Dentures – rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth.
Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Dental veneers are a possible solution to help you achieve the look you desire. They are a popular choice for those with chipped teeth, a gap between teeth, or misshaped teeth.
Dental veneers are thin covers that adhere to teeth to give teeth a more classically shaped look. Aspen Dental practices offer a variety of dental veneer options to choose from. Talk to your dentist about what’s best for you. For some people, having damaged or discoloured teeth can affect their confidence or self-esteem. Dental veneers can help improve the appearance of the teeth.
Dental veneers are custom fittings designed to help hide or correct dental damage, including:
- stains and discoloration
- chips and small missing pieces
- gaps between the teeth
Dental veneers help improve the appearance of a person’s teeth. They may be beneficial for people who want a long-term solution to persistent cosmetic concerns — particularly those that do not respond to other dental treatments, such as teeth whitening, braces, or retainers.
Dental veneers, crowns, and implants can all improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. However, there are differences between them. One difference between veneers, crowns, and implants is the area of the tooth that each option covers.
Dental veneers mainly cover the front of a tooth. By contrast, crowns cover the entire tooth, including the front, back, and all the sides. As a result, dentists use crowns to repair broken teeth, including teeth that have little structure left. Implants, meanwhile, are bolt-like structures that attach to the jawbone to replace missing teeth.
How the dental veneer procedure goes depends on the type of veneer a person chooses.
- Porcelain veneers
To fit porcelain veneers, a dentist will first remove some enamel and take an impression of the teeth to create a mold. After this initial visit, they will send the mold to a laboratory that fabricates the custom-fit porcelain veneers. The dentist may place temporary veneers on the teeth while a person waits for the laboratory to make the permanent ones.
At the next appointment, the dentist will test whether or not the veneers fit and are a good color, and they will make any adjustments as needed. Then, the dentist will bond the veneers to the teeth.
- Resin-based composite veneers
To fit resin-based composite veneers, the dentist will start by cleaning, reshaping, and preparing the teeth. After they prepare the teeth, they will bond and sculpt the composite material, adjusting the color so that the veneers look natural in the person’s mouth. Then, the dentist will use a light to dry and harden the composite material. Once the veneers have hardened, the dentist will smooth and polish them so that they look and feel like real teeth.
A person with new dental veneers does not need to avoid any particular foods or beverages following their appointment. That said, because veneers may stain over time, a person may want to avoid coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as other things that can cause stained teeth, to make them last longer. The dentist may also advise against:
- biting hard objects
- biting the nails
- using a mouthguard
- grinding the teeth
- chewing very hard foods
- opening items with the teeth