Porcelain Veneers are thin, ceramic shells bonded to the front of your teeth to correct numerous aesthetic imperfections in your smile. Commonly referred to as “instant orthodontics” because of their ability to drastically overhaul a smile without extensive orthodontic treatment, porcelain veneers are changing the face of cosmetic dentistry.
Porcelain veneers can be used to address a number of problems including:
Gaps between teeth
Misaligned or unevenly spaced teeth
Since porcelain is translucent, it reflects and absorbs light naturally. Additionally, the veneers are very thin, but incredibly strong, so they look, feel, and behave like natural teeth.
If you consume substances that are conducive to teeth staining such as coffee, tea, nicotine, acidic foods, or red wine, porcelain veneers are an ideal solution, as they are resistant to staining and protect your teeth from future discolouration.
We use both IPS Empress veneers and Feldspathic veneers in order to provide our patients with the best options to meet their aesthetic goals. Which veneer we apply depends upon current tooth conditions and cosmetic objectives.
IPS Empress veneers are custom made, designed to appear completely natural, and have satisfied millions with a dazzling smile. The advances in ceramic technology allow numerous porcelain veneer options to perfectly match the colour of existing teeth, while complimenting facial features such as eye colour, hair colour, and skin tone. With Empress veneers, the uniqueness of your smile is maintained while flaws are corrected.
Feldspathic veneers are ideal for patients who are seeking the most natural-looking smile. Due to their thinness (feldspathic veneers can be fabricated as thin as 0.4mm) and translucency, feldspathic porcelain best reflects the underlying natural tooth colour, taking advantage of the existing tooth’s organic appearance.
If you only desire to brighten your smile, a tooth whitening procedure might be the better option. However, while it is a far simpler route, porcelain veneers provide numerous advantages over tooth whitening:
Tooth whitening can increase tooth sensitivity
Porcelain veneers shield your teeth from future staining agents, thus being a long-term solution to discoloured enamel
Porcelain veneers both brighten a smile and hide unattractive cracks and gaps
To learn more, please read our Porcelain Veneers Questions page