Updated: Oct 20, 2021
Your charming smile is priceless. You should protect it at all costs. If conventional dental veneers don't meet your aesthetic needs, consider a minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure. With minimal prep porcelain veneers, achieving that million-dollar smile is faster and easier now more than ever!
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells placed on the front surface of teeth to improve appearance and aesthetics. They are usually made of porcelain or composite materials that mimic the properties of natural teeth. The veneering process is a cosmetic dentistry procedure and delivers a long-term solution to visible defects like chips and cracks. It can help improve your smile.
Types of Dental Veneers
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), dental veneers make up a third of dental treatments with 41%. However, some dental veneers are more popular than others. Here are the three types of dental veneers:
Ø Porcelain Veneers:
These dental veneers are made from porcelain, a translucent, durable, and aesthetic ceramic. The best porcelain veneers in Toronto are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Your Toronto dentist can use this minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve your smile.
Ø Composite Veneers:
These dental veneers are made from tooth-coloured resins. However, they are not as aesthetic as porcelain veneers.
Ø Removable Veneers:
There are two types of removable veneers, instant and custom-made clip-on veneers. They are cheaper but less aesthetic than porcelain and composite veneers. These temporary veneers are the least durable option.
Porcelain veneers are the most popular type of dental veneer for many reasons. Most Hollywood celebrities have beautiful million-dollar smiles, thanks to porcelain veneers.
What are minimal preparation veneers?
Minimal preparation porcelain veneers are thinner than other types of dental veneers. They require minimal enamel removal and less prep work compared to composite resin veneers. Your Toronto dentist can combine this minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure with DSD to give you a charming smile. Best of all, minimal prep porcelain veneers protect your natural tooth and oral health better than composite veneers.
How much do minimal prep veneers cost?
On average, minimal-prep porcelain veneers cost around $1200-$1500 per tooth. You can pay around $600 per tooth for composite veneers. Unfortunately, dental insurance policies don’t cover dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
Dental veneers cover cosmetic defects and flaws like chips or cracks on the surface of teeth. They also fix stained, discoloured, misshapen, and worn-down teeth and deliver transformational smile makeovers. However, dental veneers cannot replace missing teeth or fix complex dental issues.
How dental veneers can improve your smile?
Dental veneers can improve your smile by addressing visible flaws or defects that undermine smile aesthetics. These super-thin shells cover up imperfections like stains, chips, and cracks to enhance the appearance of your teeth. Your dentist can use porcelain veneers to brighten your smile, close teeth gaps, or increase the size of your teeth. If you have a gummy smile, combine gum contouring with dental veneers to lengthen teeth crowns. This cosmetic dental procedure can also give you perfectly shaped teeth and improve your smile in so many ways. But veneering has limitations. In some cases, your Toronto dentist can recommend more targeted alternatives.
Dental Veneer Alternatives
Although dental veneers are the best option for smile makeovers, they cannot address all dental issues. Here are a few scenarios where you may need a dental veneer alternative:
Dental veneers are ideal for covering defects on the front surface of front teeth. Severely misshapen teeth or large teeth gaps will require dental crowns and also if your back tooth is chipped or cracked, a dental crown would be a better alternative.
If the defect requires minimal adjustments on one or two teeth, dental bonding can be a nice solution. This cosmetic procedure uses composite materials to match your tooth’s color.
Porcelain and minimal-prep veneers are translucent and may not improve badly stained teeth. You may need teeth whitening. Ask your dentist for the best whitening products for removing stains on teeth.
Dental Veneer Procedure
Toronto Smile Design combines Digital Smile Design with dental veneers to deliver beautiful smiles. This cosmetic procedure has four steps: consultation, smile test-drive, preparation, and bonding. Your dentist will examine your teeth and acquire videos and impressions. Then, they’ll use Digital Smile Design and 3D modelling tools to design your new smile. In the second step, you’ll test drive a prototype of your smile to ensure you’re satisfied with the before-and-after transformation. Your dentist will clean, prepare, and polish the tooth before bonding the dental veneer. You’ll make one final follow-up visit after a few weeks for your dentist to check the placement.
Dental Veneer Benefits
Dental veneers offer several benefits, including improved appearance and enhancing smiles. But before-and-after results vary depending on the type of dental veneer. Porcelain veneers mimic your natural tooth colour better than composite resins and deliver long-lasting smile makeovers. They require less prep work, ideal for minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures. With minimal-prep porcelain veneers, you’ll get a perfect smile and preserve your tooth structure. It offers more benefits than other types of dental veneers.
Dental Veneer Risks
Porcelain veneers are the safest options to improve your smile. There are several risks associated with other types of dental veneers. Composite resins fade and stain easily, while removable veneers can create small gaps around the gumline and increase the risk of plaque and bacteria build-up. All dental veneers require enamel removal, increasing the risk of teeth sensitivity. But your cosmetic dentist will remove a thin layer to place porcelain veneers. This minimally invasive veneering procedure can reduce or eliminate the risk of teeth sensitivity.
Dental Veneer Lifespan
The lifespan of dental veneers varies depending on factors like the material and oral hygiene. The best porcelain veneers in Toronto last more than 10 years. With good oral hygiene and proper aftercare, you can increase its lifespan to 15-20 years. Composite resin veneers can last 5-7 years, while removable veneers are the least durable option with a lifespan of a few months.
Dental Veneer Aftercare
Maintaining proper veneer aftercare can help you protect your smile. All types of dental veneers require a thorough oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing. When you’re brushing, be gentle and focus more on the gum line to remove all food debris and bacteria. To keep your pearly whites brighter for years, you don't need to reduce smoking and stain-causing foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine. To get a long-lasting smile makeover, choose the right dental clinic. You can rely on Toronto Smile Design for minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Why Toronto Smile Design - Yorkville Dental for Dental Veneers?
At Toronto Smile Design - Yorkville Dental, Dr. Johnson Ozgur combines DSD and dental veneers to deliver beautiful smiles. Dr. Johnson is a Cosmetic Dentist with a Masters' degree in Oral Surgery and years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. You can rely on Dr. Johnson for minimally invasive porcelain veneers and other cosmetic procedures like dental crowns, teeth whitening, and dental bonding. To restore your charming smile, contact us today!