Veneers are thin shells made of different dental materials that are adhered to the front side of visible teeth. They are most commonly made of porcelain, but can also be made from composite or laminate. Once applied to the teeth, veneers can correct a range of cosmetic concerns including discolored, crooked, broken, improperly spaced, or unevenly sized teeth. They can be used to improve the appearance of a single tooth, as well as the entire smile. Apollo Dental Centre offers both porcelain veneers and Lumineers.
Did You Know?
Besides teeth whitening, veneers are the most common cosmetic dental treatment. They are valued for their versatility, which provides dramatic smile makeovers.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for veneers?
You may be a candidate for veneers if you are looking for a cosmetic treatment to improve the look of your smile and are free from tooth decay. Veneers are ideal for addressing the following concerns:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Teeth with gaps between them
- Overlapping teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Unevenly sized teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Teeth with worn or thin enamel
To find out if veneers are right for your smile, schedule a consultation at Apollo Dental Centre today!
What can I expect when getting veneers at Apollo Dental Centre?
When getting veneers at Apollo Dental Centre, the first step is to have the teeth prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the veneer. This is performed with dental anesthetics and sedation, if necessary. Porcelain veneers require the removal of more enamel, while Lumineers require little to no enamel removal. This is because Lumineers are about the width of a contact lens, while porcelain veneers are slightly thicker.
Once the teeth have been prepared, a dental impression or oral scan will be taken of the mouth. This information is then sent to a dental lab where the veneers will be custom fabricated for your smile. In the meantime, your dentist will place temporary veneers to protect your teeth. In about 1-2 weeks, you will return to our office to have the permanent veneers placed.
Are there any special instructions I have to follow after getting veneers?
While wearing your temporary veneers, it is important to note that temporary veneers are not as strong as permanent veneers. This means you will need to exercise caution when eating anything hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy. In some cases, you may also experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days until your teeth have adapted.
After your permanent veneers have been placed, you can return to your normal diet, however you should still be careful when eating foods that could potentially damage your veneers. To prevent damaging your veneers, you should also avoid biting your nails, chewing on ice, and grinding your teeth. Otherwise, you will simply care for your veneers by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting Apollo Dental Centre for regular checkups and cleanings. When taken care of properly, veneers generally last about 10-15 years.
Apollo Dental Centre Calgary has two office locations at Beacon Hill & Westwinds that are open 7 days a week with weekend and evening hours to meet all your general dental, cosmetic dental, orthodontic, and emergency dental needs. Call to schedule a consultation today!