What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Dr. Lenny Slepchik may suggest porcelain veneers to a patient who is unhappy with their smile. He has attended numerous conferences on cosmetic dentistry and continues today to refine his skills. At his office in downtown Montreal, porcelain veneers are frequently requested by patients looking to improve or change their smile. Depending on what the patient would like as an end result, porcelain veneers are one option in choosing to do a smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic solution to several cosmetic concerns. These ultra-thin surfaces completely change the appearance and improve the function of your smile.
What Issues Can Dental Veneers Fix?
Veneers are used for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Because a veneer covers the entire front surface of a tooth (or several teeth), the veneer (or several veneers) can correct multiple problems at once.
Some of the problems solved with porcelain veneers include:
- Wide spaces between the teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth (too wide or too short)
- Tooth or several teeth that are turning outward or inward
- Minor Misalignment which means teeth do not meet properly
- Chipped teeth and other minor damage
- Rough or jagged tooth surfaces
- Internal staining due to tetracycline use
- Stubborn external staining that does not go away
Who Is A Good Candidate For Veneers?
Veneer treatment is an excellent solution for any patient who wishes to improve the appearance of their smile for a long time. Veneers involve minor modifications to your enamel, so the ideal candidate for treatment is a person who commits to lifelong maintenance, including veneer replacement if necessary. If you decide to go ahead with veneers as an aesthetic treatment, you must brush and floss daily as well as come to the office for your regular dental cleaning appointments with your hygienist. This appointment will not only remove surface stain on your teeth but also check the health of your gum tissue which is the foundation of those veneers.
Veneer candidates must have good oral health; no cavities (decay) nor gum disease. If needed, restorative treatment can be completed before the veneer process begins.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Getting porcelain veneers is a simple process. Initially, we prefer to start with a complete new patient exam. This is an information gathering appointment in our office. Dr. Slepchik will have all the information he needs to prepare your specific treatment plan. Reviewing the digital x- rays, photos, hygienist’s notes, evaluation of your gums, etc. enables him to understand exactly if veneers are appropriate for you. It is also essential for you to communicate to him what you want in your new smile. Do you want it brighter than what you have now? What problems do you see when you smile? Is there someone’s smile you particularly admire? This treatment planning step is always done after this in-office appointment. We may ask you to return to our office for a consultation. Dr. Slepchik will discuss in detail your options, how much time is required, what are the fees, etc. He will answer all your questions and will encourage you to ask them. There is no extra fee, as it is part of our new patient exam. He will also prioritize what is most important in your treatment. You need to know what needs to be done immediately, what is optional, etc. We encourage our patients to discuss everything from the shade they would like their smile to be to the specific problems they wish to correct and the ideal image they have of their smile, right down to the shape of their teeth.
After confirming good oral health through this comprehensive dental exam, the veneer process can now begin. The first step in treatment involves minor tooth modification in which enamel is subtly reduced. This step is not painful, but you will be frozen with the Dental Vibe along with The Wand to ensure your comfort. It is necessary to remove enamel so the bonded veneers can lie flush with the gums. Depending on the number of veneers you choose to do, you may enjoy listening to music with our noise reduction headphones or watch a movie with Netflix. In addition, please let us know if you would like to use Nitrous Oxide (our relaxing gas) during your appointment to help you relax.
When all the teeth have been properly prepared, we take an impression of your mouth with our ITERO. Along with a model of your current bite, Dr. Slepchik sends specific notes for each veneer, including size, shape, and colour. After Dr. Slepchik has completed his preparation for your veneers, you will then receive your Trial Smile. We want you to wear your Trial Smile and get comfortable with it. You will leave our office with your trial smile at the end of the preparation appointment. This is a temporary smile that is created for you based on all the information you have given him and Dr. Slepchik’s expertise. You will wear this smile for approximately 2 weeks or longer. You will tell us what changes need to be made aesthetically, how comfortable you feel, what you like/what you don’t like, etc. We will then take a final impression which is sent directly to our lab so that your smile will be made for you in porcelain.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Made?
Before and After Porcelain Veneers
“This is the best dental practice in Montreal! Quality dental service, excellent communication with their customers, friendly staff and clean environment. Dr. Slepchik and hygienist Kinga are amazing people! Super friendly and professional! I highly recommend this place to anybody!” – Wayne Y.
Caring For Your Dental Veneers
Dental veneers function exactly like natural teeth. They need to be brushed and flossed daily to prevent debris accumulation around the edges, where the porcelain meets natural enamel. Veneers can be scratched, so they should not be brushed with an abrasive toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle toothpaste for daily use. Take the time to floss daily to ensure decay does not develop at the margins of your veneers in between the teeth.
Veneers are very strong but the bond between teeth and fixtures is not made to hold up to biting and twisting. Therefore, when you have veneers, DO NOT open packages with your teeth. Periodic dental checkups and cleanings are also vital to veneers.