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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers Downtown Toronto

Before and after dental veneers by Dr. Ammar Taimish

Porcelain veneers are customized shell-like enhancements usually made of ceramic material and are used to conceal worn down tooth enamel, spacing, poor alignment, or simply cracks and chips. Dr. Ammar Taimish at Norton Dental Downtown has the expertise and artistic ability to enhance your natural smile.

Veneers are generally categorized into cosmetic dentistry as they are used mostly for esthetic purposes to improve and perfect smiles while maintaining a natural appearance. Porcelain veneers are a great way to repair the appearance of your teeth without the need for extensive dental work.

Why Get Porcelain Veneers?

Here are some of the issues that may be addressed with the help of dental veneers:

Wear and tear: As we age, so does the enamel on our teeth. With time they become more susceptible to cracks and chips and may even appear uneven due to wear and tear.

Worn enamel: As time goes by, your tooth’s enamel may dull and discolor as it wears down. Some of this is caused genetically but that’s not to say that eating habits and hygiene don’t’ have a lot to do with it. Drinking tea, coffee, soft drinks, smoking etc. all can significantly impact the appearance and state of your tooth enamel.

Uneven teeth: General wear and tear as well as grinding can result in teeth that appear uneven.

Genetics: Some patients are simply born with certain spacing between teeth that may widen as they get older.

Composite Resin Veneers and Porcelain Veneers

Typically dental veneers are made up of either porcelain or composite resin, both of which may be manufactured in a laboratory by a dental technician. These veneers, upon their completion and arrival from the lab, are then bonded with different types of cementing ‘glue’. Composite veneers, however, can be made right inside your mouth by Dr. Ammar Taimish (Downtown Toronto Dentist). Generally speaking, porcelain veneers have a much longer life span which is why they are more costly.

Who should get Dental Veneers?

Patients who have complaints about severe wear, dullness, discoloration, spacing, cracking, chipping, unevenness etc. may be advised to seek a treatment plan involving dental veneers. In treating small cracks and chips, minor unevenness etc. found in the teeth, bonding may provide an effective and less expensive solution in correcting these issues. The bonding is performed with a tooth colored composite resin which is applied to the tooth and solidified so that it has a smooth and natural appearance while still protecting the tooth’s structure.

Teeth Whitening or Dental Veneers?

Patients who experience mild discoloration will likely be steered in the direction of teeth whitening (and perhaps simple orthodontic aligners) rather than veneers. The process involved with the placing of dental veneers permanently alters the tooth’s structure in the shaping and prep work required to place the veneers and will not be advised if your teeth as esthetically average and functional. Patients who suffer from chronic discoloration and/or dullness may be considered candidates for dental veneers. Veneers are proven to remedy the appearance not only in the smile but also in the mouth and facial structure. In addition, the areas of an aging face are better supported by teeth that are part of a properly shaped smile. Dental veneers require a considerably higher level of commitment than whitening, however, they are longer lasting and the results are worth the process for advised candidates.

Restorative Benefits of Dental Veneers

Veneers may also be used to address functional problems by providing the necessary protection required for a damaged tooth. Dental veneers can sometimes serve as an alternative to the more invasive procedure of dental crowns. The material that veneers are made from is very thinly constructed and may call for little to no tooth alterations. Once the veneers are permanently secured they are quite durable and strong but abuse can still cause breakage and damage. Some dentists advise against eating carrots and other such hard foods or suggest using a night guard while you sleep to protect against grinding. Ask Dr. Ammar Taimish (Downtown Toronto Dentist) for a consultation to inquire about cost and view before and after cases of veneer treatment.