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.
Book A Veneers Consultation Today
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.