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Shaped specifically to cover the front of your teeth and made from durable porcelain, paper-thin veneers are placed directly on discolored, chipped, cracked or slightly crooked teeth and bonded to dental enamel with dental adhesive. In addition to concealing stains and cracks, veneers can also narrow gaps between teeth, straighten minimally crooked teeth and make worn-down teeth look longer and more attractive. Veneers offered by our Kitchener dentist offer patients the ability to achieve the gleaming white smile they have always wanted without undergoing extensive or expensive dental work.
If you have slightly crooked or crowded teeth and do not want to wear braces or aligners, veneers may be the kind of time-saving and effective alternative to orthodontic work that can restore a less-than-perfect smile. Thinner than a contact lens, veneers are made wide enough to cover the front and side of teeth so that their appearance is natural-looking as well as functional. In addition, your dentist at Kitchener East Family Dental uses a specially formulated dental adhesive to secure veneers to teeth so they remain intact for many years.
At your first visit, you will have teeth prepared for veneer placement. This involves a thorough cleaning of your teeth and removal of small amounts of enamel to make room for the porcelain veneers. Because veneers are so thin, your dentist only needs to remove less than 1/2 millimeter of dental enamel. Following preparation of teeth, an impression is made of your teeth so that veneers can be created and customized to precisely cover teeth targeted for restoration. Making of veneers by dental laboratory technicians takes about two weeks. During the interim, your dentist protects prepared teeth with temporary crowns that are easily removed when it comes to time to place veneers.
Before customized veneers are adhered to your teeth, your dentist will place them one at a time on teeth to examine the color and fit. Sometimes, minor adjustments may be needed (trimming, for example) to achieve an optimal fit. Adjustments to the color of your veneers are implemented using a variety of cement shades. Finally, after attaching a veneer to a tooth with dental adhesive, your Kitchener dentist shines a light beam at the veneer that cures and hardens the dental adhesive quickly.
Caring for veneers involves the same good oral hygiene practices necessary to maintain teeth and gum health--visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning every six months, brushing twice daily, flossing and using a fluoridated, non-alcoholic oral rinse.
Schedule a consultation appointment with our dentist in Kitchener. Call Kitchener East Family Dental at 519-578-2419 today if you are interested in veneers or other cosmetic dentistry procedure.