Some of our downtown Toronto patients come into our office who want their smile to change. Their current smiles may reveal chipped teeth, gapped teeth, or misshaped teeth. An imperfect smile is something that makes people very self-conscious. To live a life without smiling is something that Berkeley Dental does not condone. So we are here to help you change that.

If you are looking to change how your smile looks and fix the shape of your teeth, we may recommend veneers. Dental veneers are thin covers that adhere to teeth. A veneer is a thin, custom-made shell designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Besides the cosmetic benefits, veneers can provide the same protection as enamel. Our downtown Toronto dentists will customize your veneers to the shape of your teeth.

Veneers are placed over the front part of the teeth. A veneer is a wafer-thin, custom-made shell of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.

They look very natural and are made of either porcelain or composite resin material. Our downtown Toronto dentists will pair you with the type of veneers that work best for you.

What are the types of veneers and their benefits?

Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material, which each have their own benefits. With either material, veneers are customized to the shape of your teeth. We bond the veneer to your tooth’s original enamel during the procedure.

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth. Porcelain veneers last a long time and they are strong. One thing that our patients really like is how natural they look on the surface. They don’t stain easily, and less enamel needs to be removed from your tooth. Enamel, of course, is the protective armor of your teeth so this is a major benefit.

Composite resin veneers are made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth.

For veneers made from a composite resin material, more enamel needs to be removed. However, they cost less than porcelain veneers and they are very easy to fix if they get damaged. Composite veneers are not as strong as porcelain veneers, however. The good news is that if they do get damaged, they can be easily repaired and removed.

What’s the procedure for getting veneers?

The procedure for getting porcelain veneers versus composite resin veneers is different. For porcelain veneers, our Toronto dentists remove a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth to prepare for the procedure. We need to remove this small amount enamel in order to make your teeth look natural as it gives the veneers the room they need.

Once your teeth have been prepared, the dentist makes an impression of the teeth. This is to make sure that the veneers will be custom-fit. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. This is only done for porcelain veneers. You’ll then need to come back to complete the veneers procedure. During this time, we also decide which shade of veneers would be best for your teeth.

Once the veneers are ready to be fit, our downtown Toronto dentists will place the veneers on your teeth to see if the impression was correct. There may need to be some adjustments, so only once the veneers are the perfect fit will out dentists bond the veneers to your teeth.

Since composite resin veneers are made of an entirely different material, the procedure is different. Unlike porcelain veneers, the composite veneers procedure can be done in one visit. Composite veneers are a filling material that is bonded to the tooth. Think of the dentist as being the sculptor for your tooth. The dentist will bond and sculpt the composite material, and the color will be matched to the rest of your teeth. In order for the bonding to take place, our downtown Toronto dentists will use a special light to harden the material. Once we’ve smoothed and polished your veneers, you’ll be shocked by just how natural they look.

What you should know before you think about getting veneers

Not everyone can or should get veneers for their teeth. If your teeth are undergoing decay, they are ineligible for veneers. Your teeth and gums must be healthy. However, if we can treat your tooth decay, you may then qualify for veneers.

The other factor to consider when getting veneers is your habits. Do you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth? This will need to be addressed if you are getting veneers. If you grind and clench your teeth, it will break your veneers. So if you want veneers and can’t help but grind and clench your teeth, we’ll need to make sure that you wear a plastic dental night guard. Veneers can chip or break. Biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects can contribute to your veneers breaking.

Something to consider is that some of your natural enamel is being removed to give room to your veneers. This cannot be reversed. If your enamel is removed, it can’t come back. This means that if your veneers come loose and are removed, your teeth are vulnerable. Enamel is the protective armor of your teeth that staves off tooth decay, so be careful. Veneers themselves act as enamel, but only if they are in good condition.

Veneers can come loose over time, so make sure that you keep an eye on this. Our downtown Toronto dentists can fit you with new veneers, but it’s important to make sure this is done in a timely matter.

Getting veneers is a big decision not to be made lightly

For people who have chipped or gapped teeth, veneers can be a quick way for a better smile. But they are permanent, and you are having some enamel removed. Before you decide whether or not getting veneers is right for you, make sure you talk to us. Our downtown Toronto dentists will be happy to look at your teeth and go over the pros and cons of getting veneers. Only when we see your smile will we be able to determine if you truly need veneers.

If you do end up getting veneers or already have them, make sure you are taking care of your oral hygiene. We highly recommend that you brush daily with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. No matter how well you take care of your veneers, they will need to be replaced at some point. We want you to understand the process very well, so come with as many questions as you can. If you want veneers, we’ll make sure that you are making as informed of a decision as possible.