Veneers are thin coverings to correct discolouration, minor misalignment, chips or cracks.
Veneers are customised thin pieces of porcelain utilised to treat dental conditions and transform the smile. Veneers are an alternative treatment for crowns. This treatment can be maintained with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to iCare Dental Clinic.
Patients may need veneers for:
Cosmetically transforming the smile
Minor overcrowding or Misshapen teeth
Discolouration or stains
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Candidates for veneers must be free of oral health issues to undergo this treatment. If patients have any dental health issues, Dr Vaida will have to address the condition before performing a veneer treatment and will perform an oral examination and various other tests including a digital X-ray exam to assess whether a porcelain veneer treatment is right for the patient.
If the patient is a candidate, Dr Vaida will create a dental treatment plan detailing the entire process. Patients will be educated on all pre-and post-treatment instructions during this appointment. Porcelain veneers can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or combined with another dental treatment.
How Many Appointments Are Required
The veneers treatment is completed in three or four appointments. The procedure starts with the examination of the patient and the discussion of his esthetic concerns and needs.
We make an impression of the teeth and fabricate a cast. With the help of pictures and the patient consultation, we inform the dental technician of the changes we wish to make on the cast.
Changes are made with the addition of wax on the cast. In the following appointment, the dentist and the patient discuss the wax-up and figure out if more changes need to be made.
When we are happy with the diagnostic wax-up, we copy it with silicon and fabricate a silicon index. With the help of resin material placed inside the index and then directly over your teeth, we copy the wax-up on your teeth. When we remove the index from the mouth, the result is immediately visible.
Usually, the resulting changes are significant and our patients need time to understand them and decide if they like them or not. We use this time, to photograph teeth and the new smile and we deliver the material we gathered to our patient, to evaluate it and discuss it with his/her family.
The purpose of the mock-up is to present the desired outcome on teeth and smile before we move on to the final treatment plan. It is an extremely useful communication tool for the patient and the dentist for the following reasons:
- it simulates the final outcome
- the result is temporary and can be changed according to the patient's desire
- it can be repeated as many times as needed in order to select the best possible solution
- it helps create trust between the patient and the dentist
- it allows the dentist to evaluate the patient's desires and change the treatment plan accordingly
Patients may be given a little anaesthesia to undergo further treatment. The dentist will begin the treatment by buffing and shaping the tooth to prepare for the veneer. A mould will then be taken by the dentist and the veneer colour will be chosen. The mould will be sent to the laboratory to the dental technicians to start creating the porcelain veneers. The veneers will be carefully created based on Dr Vaida’s directions, polished, sized, and shaped to fit the patient’s smile.
During the second appointment, the teeth will be cleaned with a special liquid to prepare the tooth for the veneer. The bonding cement will then be placed on the tooth and veneer to bond the two together. A special light will be applied to harden and set the veneer into place. Patients will receive veneer care instructions after the treatment.
Dental Bridge Candidates
Porcelain veneers can help patients address a number of cosmetic dental issues. Veneers benefits also include:
- Customised to match the patient’s smile
- High-quality materials
- Durable and long-lasting
- Easy on-going care
At iCare Dental Clinic, Dr Vaida uses the highest quality materials for porcelain veneers to help create a more natural and beautiful smile. During the porcelain veneer consultation appointment, Dr Vaida will discuss with the patient all aspects of treatment and help the patient decide whether this treatment is right for them.
Proper Care for Veneers
Porcelain veneers require the same care as natural teeth. Patients can resume their daily oral hygiene process following a porcelain veneer treatment. To help extend the life of the veneers, patients are advised to use a soft toothbrush, avoid toothpaste with baking soda, and harsh mouthwashes. Patients should also schedule biannual visits to our office to ensure that they are properly taking care of their porcelain veneers.