Your smile is often the first feature that others notice, so it's important to smile confidently to make a lasting, positive first impression. While we believe all smiles are beautiful, imperfections such as discoloration, tooth gaps, or a lack of symmetry can sometimes lead a person to smile less confidently. There are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments, such as dental veneers, that can address these issues and improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. 

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-coloured shells usually made from porcelain or composite resin that are designed to fit over the visible surfaces of a patient's teeth, creating a whole new appearance. 

Types of Dental Veneers

There are several types of dental veneers available. The most popular or commonly used include:

  • Porcelain - Porcelain is one of the most durable and natural-looking materials used in dentistry.
  • Composite Resin - Composite resin veneers are also a popular choice. While they are not quite as durable or naturally luminous as porcelain veneers, they are tooth-preserving and can be an additive technique. usually less expensive to apply.

What Concerns Do Dental Veneers Address?

Dental veneers can effectively address a variety of cosmetic dental concerns. They are commonly used to:

  • Create the appearance of straight teeth
  • Improve smile symmetry and balance
  • Correct the appearance of an irregularly sized or shaped tooth
  • Cover tooth gaps
  • Hide permanent discoloration
  • Mask chipped or broken teeth
  • Cover old, silver amalgam dental fillings

Dental veneers create the look of a bright, evenly coloured, well-balanced, and aesthetically pleasing smile. 

The Treatment Process: What to Expect When Getting Dental Veneers

The process of getting dental veneers begins with a consultation. During this appointment, our dentist will talk with you about your concerns and treatment expectations. We can then work with you to design a new set of dental veneers and your smile's new look. 

Treatment begins by preparing the surfaces of the teeth that will be receiving dental veneers. This entails removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. This creates space to accommodate the veneers for a natural-looking and comfortable fit. 

We then take digital impressions of your teeth and use powerful dental software to create the specifications for your dental veneers. We then send this information to our dental lab where your custom-designed dental veneers will be manufactured.

Once your veneers are ready, we securely fix them to the surfaces of your teeth using dental cement. Throughout the process, we always keep your comfort in mind, and take precautions to ensure you experience no pain or discomfort during your time in our dental office. 

Prolonging the Life of Your Veneers: How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers typically last an average of 10 to 12 years, and composite resin veneers typically last somewhat less.

Full mouth rehabilitation includes a strategic selection of the following treatments:

  • Professional dental cleaning
  • Periodontal disease treatment (scaling and root planning, antibiotics, laser antibiotic gel trays, gingivectomy, etc.)
  • Periodontal treatment (gum grafting, gingivectomy, tissue contouring, clinical crown lengthening, etc.)

Revitalize Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry in Westmount, Quebec

Dental veneers are a relatively simple way to completely revitalize the look of your smile. In addition to dental veneers, we are proud to provide our patients with a comprehensive list of restorative and cosmetic treatment options that improve both the look and health of your smile. To learn more about making over your smile or to find out if dental veneers are the right treatment option for your, we welcome you to contact our dental office in Westmount and request a consultation today.

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