Some of the most dramatic smile enhancements can be achieved through the simple application of porcelain veneers. These slender porcelain shells cover the front surfaces of the teeth, effectively masking a wide range of imperfections, such as chips, cracks, discoloration, misshapen teeth, gaps between the teeth, and even mildly crooked teeth. If you would like to learn how we can improve your smile with porcelain veneers, Montreal, Quebec, cosmetic dentist Dr. Roni S. Berbari would be pleased to meet with you during a confidential, one-on-one consultation. Simply contact Montreal Smiles today, and we will be glad to answer your questions and assist you in scheduling your appointment.
Creating a Customized Smile Design
No two smiles are alike. Therefore, no two porcelain veneers should be crafted to look the same. Dr. Berbari will work closely with you as he designs your new smile. During your initial consultation, he will assess your oral health and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers. It is important to identify and treat any areas of decay or signs of periodontal disease before beginning the veneer process. A healthy mouth is the key to creating a cosmetically beautiful smile. Dr. Berbari will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums that typically includes x-rays, impressions, and other imaging techniques that we will use to personalize your veneer treatment.
During the planning phase of your treatment, Dr. Berbari will rely heavily on your input regarding your cosmetic goals. Some patients want longer teeth, while others may want more evenly spaced teeth. Some want a smile that looks more feminine, or one that recaptures the smile of their youth. Your cosmetic goals, in conjunction with the spatial relationships between your lips, cheeks, jaw line, and other facial features, play a huge role in determining the specifications for your porcelain veneers.
Dr. Berbari will use the images of your teeth and gums to create a mock-up of what you can expect your new smile to look like after treatment. He will take great care to create an accurate depiction so that you can make the decision to undergo treatment with realistic expectations of your final result.
Designing Your Porcelain Veneers
Our veneers are hand-crafted by skilled technicians at a trusted dental laboratory. We have worked with this lab for more than 20 years, and we can trust them to translate Dr. Berbari’s instructions into a beautiful reality. The technician will first create a model of your teeth from your dental impressions. Veneers are crafted by building up layers of porcelain inside this model, using a high level of heat and pressure to add to the strength and durability of the material. Each layer will be hand painted to the exact specifications of your smile design plan so that they will blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. Your customized veneers will take approximately two to four weeks to fabricate, after which time you will come back into our office so that Dr. Berbari can place them and you can start enjoying your newly improved smile.
Preparing Your Teeth for Porcelain Veneers
Placing porcelain veneers requires two separate appointments. During your first visit, Dr. Berbari will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front surfaces of the treated teeth. This step is absolutely critical for achieving a natural look. Without enamel preparation, veneers will appear bulky and unnatural. Removing a thin layer of each tooth will also create a more suitable bonding surface for your veneers to ensure that they remain securely attached.
After your teeth have been sufficiently prepared, Dr. Berbari will take a final set of impressions that will be used to create your veneers. By using this final set of impressions we can ensure that your veneers will be designed to fit over your teeth after they have had a small amount of enamel removed.
Depending on the amount of enamel removed, Dr. Berbari may fit your teeth with temporary veneers that you can wear until your permanent restorations are ready. The main purpose of these temporary veneers is to protect the teeth and prevent sensitivity. If a very small amount of enamel was removed, you may not require temporaries.
Placing Your Veneers
When you come back to our office for your second appointment, Dr. Berbari will remove your temporary restorations. He will place your permanent veneers, check how they blend with your smile, and ensure that they do not affect your bite. He will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort and bond them into place using a color-matched dental cement. Dr. Berbari will use gentle force to set the veneers in place and cure the bond to the teeth with a specialized curing light to harden the cement. This light causes a chemical reaction that allows the bonding agent to set in just a few minutes. You will be able to walk out of our office after just a short visit with an immediate enhancement to your appearance.
Combining Veneers with Other Treatments
Porcelain veneers can be applied on their own, or in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments as part of a total smile makeover. Patients will commonly come into our office for veneers and choose to receive a professional-strength teeth whitening treatment as well. This can be especially beneficial for patients who are seeking an overall smile enhancement but have different types of staining and discoloration on their teeth. Whitening treatments are designed for extrinsic stains, and veneers are commonly used for intrinsic stains. When a patient has both types of discoloration, combining the two treatments is often the best option.
Patients can also combine their veneers with cosmetic gum treatments that are designed to improve the appearance of the gum line. A healthy, even, and attractive gum line will set the stage for a beautiful smile that will be further enhanced by your new porcelain veneers.
Caring for Your New Smile
Porcelain veneers are strong and durable, but just like your natural teeth, they require special care. To ensure your new smile remains beautiful for years to come, you should follow a few simple guidelines:
- Continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. However, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Abrasives can create microscopic scratches in dental porcelain, creating a safe harbor for bacteria and staining agents.
- Do not use your teeth for anything other than eating and smiling. Do not open packages, remove clothing tags, chew your nails, gnaw on pens, or crunch on ice with your veneers. This can cause them to chip, loosen, or fall off.
- If you participate in any type of physical activity, be sure to wear a customized mouthguard. Accidents can happen during any type of physical activity or sport. Be sure to protect your investment in your smile and quality of life.
Learn More During a Consultation
Feeling confident in your smile can have a significant impact on your confidence. If you are concerned with minor cosmetic imperfections that you would like to conceal, learn more about how porcelain veneers can improve the overall beauty and symmetry of your smile. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berbari.