The entire process usually takes 2-3 office visits over several weeks, depending on your particular case and needs. During your first visit, your dentist will assess current tooth structure and colouration before discussing different options available in terms of the shape and size of the new design best suited for you. Your dentist may also gently prepare your tooth to make room for the custom-made shells which will be created during this process. Impressions will be taken at this stage as well as photographs, so that all information can be sent off accordingly.
Next, you will return to the clinic, where your new veneers will be applied onto each tooth with special adhesive cementing characterized by advanced bonding technologies.
Generally speaking, applying dental veneers does not cause any pain or discomfort, as our dentists use a local anesthetic beforehand. After the procedure is completed, you may experience some sensitivity for a few days since the enamel layer may have been trimmed or altered for the dentist to apply the new layers of material. However, this experience is temporary and should pass quickly.
Dental veneers can last up to 10 years or longer with proper maintenance. However, it is important to keep in mind that factors such as daily wear and tear, patterns of teeth grinding (bruxism), oral hygiene habits, injury and underlying health issues can affect how long the veneer lasts. Therefore, regular visits with your dentist are important to maintain the veneer's longevity.
Veneers are typically made out of either composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin material is a combination of plastic and glass particles that is colour-matched to your natural teeth for a more seamless appearance. Porcelain veneers are more durable and stain resistant than composite material but may require more preparation before being applied, as they must be custom-made for each patient. Upper Avenue Dentistry offers long-lasting, lifelike veneers made from porcelain ceramic.
The cost of veneers can vary depending on the type, number, and complexity of necessary treatment. Generally speaking, dental veneers are considered an elective cosmetic treatment and are not covered by insurance. Before undergoing any dental work, it is important to discuss your particular case with your dentist in order to understand all associated costs.