"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat


Veneers...what are they?

 Veneers are a great way to improve smiles without excessively affecting the teeth involved.  When we speak about veneers we are usually talking about a thin layer or Porcelain bonded to the front surface of on or many teeth.  While other materials can be used, such as composite resins used for tooth coloured fillings   ( people often refer to this as "bonding"), porcelain is most often recommended for its beauty and life like appearance.  A great example of how we can use Porcelain Veneers is Martin, seen here.  A big day was coming up, he was getting married and this wasn't the look Martin and his bride wanted forever recorded in their wedding album. 

Using a single porcelain veneer to replace an old worn composite filling/veneer  we were able give Martin a great smile!


Why veneers?

Porcelain veneers can be used to correct many cosmetic and functional problems often with little or no tooth structure ( ie enamel) removal.
Porcelain Veneers can be used to:

  • change the colour of teeth
  • lengthen teeth that are too short
  • change the shape of teeth
  • close spaces between teeth
  • correct the appearance of teeth that are out of position
  • chipped teeth



Advantages of Porcealin Veneers...

When indicated, porcelain veneers offer advantages over other types of restorations like crowns or compostie resin "fillings":

  • Little or no tooth structure (ie enamel) needs to be removed unlike a crown
  • in many cases no anaesthetic is needed ("freezing")
  • improvements in colour, shape, position of your teeth is possible
  • younger looking smile
  • more durable and life like appearance than composite resin fillings
  • when bonded in place, veneers actually strengthen the teeth!

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers...

While a great way to improve your smile and restore a youthful smile there are contraindications veneers:

  • as with any restoration, they do not last forever and will need to be replaced in the future.  Average lifespan is about 10 years
  • while it is a small amount, often some enamel needs to be removed.

What about no prep veneers?

I'm sure you've heard about no prep veneers.  They are often advertised with various brand names.  There isn't anything special about the brand, all good labs can make good veneers.  The technique of a no prep veneer has been around since the 1980's and has come back in vogue recently, mostly as a marketing ploy in my opinion.  Veneers have to be planned to produce teeth in the postion that will allow proper speach and smile.  Sometimes the teeth are too small and /or not in proper alignment, meaning more needs to be added to bring the teeth to the rigth place.  So we don't need to remove tooth structure to acheive the results we want.  No Prep is the type we need to make.  But if the teeth are too prominent or long, we need to remove tooth structure to bring the teeth into the right position for a great smile and abliltiy to speak properly, so a dentist needs to "prep" the tooth. 

That's it.  That's how we decide if a no prep type veneer is right for your individual smile.