Dental Veneers FAQ

Dental Veneers FAQ

  1. What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made of tooth coloured materials (either from porcelain or tooth-coloured plastic filling materials) that are custom made and bonded to your teeth to improve their appearance (changing the colour, shape, size or length).  Porcelain veneers are usually made in the lab and are more resistant to staining compared to veneers made of tooth coloured filling material.

  1. Why do I need Dental Veneers? 

Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discoloured, worn down, chipped, misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth.  Veneers are a good solution to close a gap that may exist between your front teeth.

  1. What is Involved in Getting a Dental Veneer?

Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a 3 step process.  The first step is to get a consultation with the dentist.  At this visit, you can outline your concerns with the dentist, and he or she will explain how veneers will work for you.  The dentist may prescribe X-rays or take moulds of your teeth.  The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer.  A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is taken.  The dentist will then place temporary veneers.  At the third appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.  In the case of veneers made from tooth coloured filling material, this is a one appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth.  This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist stain as well as a porcelain veneer.

  1. What are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?

The preparation of veneers preserve the most amount of tooth structure as very little needs to be removed.  They can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers.  The colour can be custom selected and in the case of porcelain veneers they are extremely stain resistant.

  1. What are the Disadvantages of Dental Veneers?

Once you have had your tooth prepared for the veneer, the process is not reversible.  In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer.  With people who have poor gum health, veneers are not a good option.  It is important not to have habits like pen-chewing or nail-biting as these can crack the veneer.  In addition, people who grind or clench their teeth are at risk for chipping or cracking their veneers.  Lastly, veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important that you maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.

  1. How Long Do Dental Veneers Last? 

Typically, a veneer lasts approximately 5-10 years.  They do not require any special care other than regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist

  1. How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Typically, a porcelain veneer costs between $800-1000 per tooth but consult with your dentist to get an accurate cost.