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How Much Does Porcelain Veneers Cost in Canada?

We all know that one person who has naturally perfect teeth. Their teeth are just the right shape, size, colour, and there is nothing you would want to change about them. Then there are those of us who have a few things we’d like to change about our teeth. Perhaps our teeth have discoloured, chipped, cracked, or we find them to be crooked, too spaced, and maybe there has been some decay. Well, the good news is that most of these issues can be fixed. Thanks to advanced technology in dentistry, we have procedures such as porcelain veneers which have helped many people regain confidence in their smile.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Like most people, you’ve probably heard of porcelain veneers, but are not sure of what exactly they are. A porcelain veneer is a custom-made, thin shell of porcelain material which is bonded to the front surface of your natural teeth. Veneers help to dramatically change the appearance of the teeth. Each porcelain shell is cemented individually to each tooth, giving you your desired colour, shape, and size while still maintaining a natural look.

Who is a candidate for veneers?

Veneers are the perfect solution for fixing a number of cosmetic issues for most people who are looking to improve their smile. If any of the following issues bother you then veneers may be the right choice for you:
• Discolouration
• Damaged enamel
• Crooked teeth
• Uneven teeth
• Gaps between teeth

Procedure

The process of getting dental veneers usually requires three visits to your dentist:

• 1st Appointment:

This is the consultation appointment during which the dentist will examine your teeth and come up with a treatment plan. During the consultation, you will discuss with the dentist what it is that you hope to achieve or change, about your teeth. The dentist will then determine whether or not you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers and discuss the results that you can expect.

• 2nd Appointment:

During this appointment, the dentist will prepare your teeth for the veneers. Preparation is usually done under local anesthetic and involves the removal of about ½ a millimetre of enamel from the surface of the tooth. Once the enamel is removed, the next step is for the dentist to take an impression/mould of your teeth. The impression is what the dental laboratory uses to custom-make your veneers, a process which takes about 2-4 weeks.

• 3rd Appointment:

At this appointment, the veneer is bonded to your natural teeth. First, the dentist will place the veneer on your teeth without any cement in order to examine the fit and colour. The dentist will then trim and shape the veneer as needed to adjust the fit. The colour is adjusted by using an appropriate shade of cement for bonding. Once the veneer has been customized, the dentist now cleans, polishes and etches your teeth which makes the bond stronger.

The next step involves applying cement to the veneers and positioning them on the tooth. At this point, the veneers can still be shifted if needed. Once the dentist is satisfied with the positioning, he or she will move on to shine a special light on your teeth which causes the cement to harden. This will keep the veneers in place.

Cost of Porcelain Veneers?

Now that you know what it takes to install veneers, your next question is probably about the cost. There are a number of factors that will influence the price of veneers, namely, your location, your dentist’s experience (more experienced dentists tend to charge more for their expertise.), and the number of teeth that need to be restored. Something else to consider is your dental plan which may or may not cover some of the cost. Needless to say, the cost will vary significantly from individual to individual. In general, one should be prepared to pay anywhere between $1,100-$2,000 per tooth.

Why Porcelain Veneers May Not be Right for You

While veneers are a great solution for a lot of cosmetic issues, there are instances where a dentist may suggest alternate treatment options. Below are some reasons why you may not be a good candidate for veneers:
• A tooth is severely damaged to the point where there is little enamel left. This would prevent a veneer from sticking to it properly.
• A person has bruxism, the grinding, and clenching of teeth. This condition would cause the porcelain veneers to easily chip or break.
• A tooth has decay in an area with gum disease.
As many would agree porcelain veneers can significantly improve your smile and self. They are durable and can easily last up to 15 years, however, just like your natural teeth, they would need to be cared for properly. Proper care involves daily brushing and flossing, not biting into hard objects like fingernails, ice cubes, and any hard chewy foods. Failure to take good care of veneers could result in them cracking or peeling off. You should also keep up with your visits to your local dentist to check the condition of your veneers.

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