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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 Porcelain Veneers Fix?

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Veneers are used for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Because a veneer covers the entire front surface of a tooth (or teeth ), the veneer (or 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 (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

Candidates 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 esthetic 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 Placement Procedure

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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 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 prefer our relaxing gas during your appointment to help you relax.

When all 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.  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 then will take a final impression which is sent directly to our lab to be made for you in porcelain.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Made?

Veneers are made in a dental lab using meticulous shaping and polishing techniques that allow the final result  to look exactly like natural teeth. We want you to wear your Trial Smile and get comfortable with it. You will have leave our office with your trial smile at the end of the preparation appointment.  Final veneers are placed onto the teeth for one last try in,  and, if needed, slight changes can be made in the office. When our patient has approved their new smile, veneers are cemented permanently to your teeth. The bonding process involves “etching” the teeth with a mild chemical that roughens enamel. The bonding material is then applied, and finally the veneer. The bond is finalized by shining a specific light on each tooth to harden the underlying resin.

Veneers Before and After Photos

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“This is the best dental practice in Montreal! Quality dental service, excellent communication with their customers, friendly staff and clean environment. Dr.Sleepshick and Hygienest Kinga are amazing people! Super friendly and professional! I highly recommend this place to anybody!” – Wayne Y.

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How To Care For Your 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.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers can last from 5 to 15 years or more. The lifespan of your veneers is dependent on a number of factors, including the initial bond and the daily care that is performed at home. The better care you take of your veneers, the longer they will last.

Cost Of Veneers

Veneer cost varies depending on the type of material selected. Porcelain veneers are more costly than composite veneers because the quality of the material and longevity of results are better. Costs are also based on the number of veneers desired, office fees, and lab fees. During your consultation, we will discuss the total cost of treatment to achieve your desired results.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in porcelain veneers, contact our office at 514-875-7971 to schedule a consultation. Lenny Slepchik, DDS serves Montreal and the surrounding areas.

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