Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers in Burnaby: Improve Your Smile Today

Unhappy with the color, shape or size of your teeth? What if there was a way in the dental world to mask the appearance of irregularities or anything that just irks you when you see a particular tooth of yours? The great news for you is that there is a way and it’s extremely popular right now.

Porcelain veneers offer dramatic results in two easy procedures.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom fitted pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the teeth to camouflage irregularities. Veneers are similar to bonding of white filling materials except the quality of (porcelain) veneer material is higher, as is the end result in the short and long term.

The colour and translucency of porcelain is very similar to natural enamel and dramatic changes to the whiteness, size and shape of teeth can be had using porcelain. In the long term, stronger porcelain veneer material is less likely to chip or break and it will not stain or discolour. In fact, in cases of extremely dark or crooked teeth, veneers are often the only good cosmetic solution.

Porcelain Veneers Process

Placing porcelain veneers is usually a two step process. In almost all cases, the existing teeth need to be shaped slightly (about .3mm) and an impression is made. Temporaries are then placed which will mimic the final end result.

We usually follow up with a short visit two or three days later to assess the aesthetics of the temporaries. At this follow up appointment there is no unaesthetic that may affect the smile and you will have had a couple of days to evaluate your new smile.
If there any changes that need to be made they can be done at this time and we can better direct the ceramist/laboratory to the ideal size and shape of your new veneers.

Approximately two weeks later the temporaries are removed and the final veneers are inserted. The moment you leave the office your porcelain veneers are ready for eating, talking and smiling!

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

On average, veneers last ~15 years but can last much longer, up to 20+ years, depending on different factors. These include tooth preparation – if the veneer is bonded to the tooth enamel (as opposed to the dentin layer underneath), that is a better, stronger bond and lasts longer. So depending on your age you may have to expect to replace them at some point in your lifetime and this is actually true of almost all dental work, whether it is a filling, veneer or even a crown.

Other factors include your personal care (brushing and flossing) and getting your teeth checked regularly.
Some of the longevity also depends on the correct treatment plan such as identifying, correcting and/or minimizing any bite issues and protecting your teeth from certain habits, like clenching, grinding, biting hard objects and putting excessive pressure on your teeth.

Our team of dental professionals would be happy to answer your questions about porcelain veneers and the cosmetic options available to you. Please contact us for a free consultation.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

Veneers can cost between $1300-$1600 per tooth but we have seen prices from our competitors in the Vancouver and Burnaby areas range from $1200 to over $2000 per tooth.

The above fees  include laboratory fees as well as clinic fees. Veneers are not typically covered by dental insurance. We can certainly check your policy and look into this for you. In cases where the teeth are chipped, broken or heavily filled, many plans will pay for veneers for structural reasons.

No Preparation Veneers-Lumineers™

Although porcelain veneers are very conservative and require minimal changes to the teeth, it is possible to place veneers with no preparation of the teeth whatsoever. One of the most well known product lines of “no-prep” veneers is called Lumineers™, although there are others methods and and laboratories that offer prepless veneers.

No-prep veneers work best in situations where the teeth are much smaller than ideal, are in reasonably good alignment and do not have several discolouration problems.

Our team of dental professionals would be happy to answer your questions about Lumineers™, no preparation veneers and if this type of procedure would be suitable for you. Please contact us for a free consultation.

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Our team of dental professionals would be happy to answer your questions about porcelain veneers, no-prep veneers and the cosmetic options available to you. Fill out the form on the right or call us at (604) 434-0248.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening


We are “OPEN”


UPDATE May 22 2020


Dear patients:


The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 


The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.


Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.


For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 


Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.


We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.


Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 


The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 


Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 




Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID