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Everything You Need to Know if You're Getting Veneers

There are a number of dental procedures that are designed to improve the smile and also protect the teeth. Dental veneers are excellent examples of devices that accomplish both these goals. If your dentist is recommending veneers for some reason, it pays to learn all you can about them. Here are some essentials that will help you understand what one or more Toronto porcelain veneers will do for you.

What is a Dental Veneer?

Dental veneers are shells designed to encase teeth that have sustained some type of damage. The damage may be a crack or it could be teeth that no longer have a sufficient amount of enamel present. Some sort of bonding agent is applied to ensure the veneers remain in place.

While there are other options, porcelain is the most popular material for veneers today. The porcelain resists staining and provides a look that is hard to differentiate from the appearance of healthy teeth.

What Conditions Can Be Treated Using Veneers?

Your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers for several reasons. Teeth that are worn down or that have sustained damage like chips or cracks are prime examples. If there is little enamel left on the tooth, a veneer will help provide protection as well as improve the appearance. Toronto porcelain veneers can also be used to close small gaps between front teeth or alter the appearance

How is the Procedure Done?

The process of installing dental veneers begins with undergoing a series of tests to determine the general condition of the tooth. This involves taking X-rays and other methods to ensure the basic tooth structure is sound enough to support the veneer. Assuming that the tooth is basically sound, the procedure can continue.

Next, it’s necessary to remove a small portion of the tooth surface. This is done to ensure the bonding agent used to secure the veneer in position will set properly. It’s also at this point the dentist will make an impression of the teeth. That impression is used to prepare a custom set of veneers. After the impression is taken, the dental team will apply a temporary set of veneers. Those will protect the teeth until the custom set is ready.

A third appointment is necessary to install the permanent veneers. The dental team will remove the temporary set and apply the bonding agent. Each veneer is carefully applied to the individual teeth and tested to ensure it’s firmly in position.

What are Some of the Benefits of Getting Veneers?

Toronto porcelain veneers restore the look of healthy teeth. They also provide protection for teeth that are weakened due to an accident, wear and tear, and other issues. They are not known to irritate gum tissue, and they can make it much easier for the patient to feel comfortable in social situations instead of wondering what others are thinking about the teeth.

How Long Will Veneers Last?

Good oral hygiene is still important and will extend the life of the veneers. The patient can expect them to last for up to ten years, provided they are cared for properly. Brushing, flossing, and regular checkups all help the veneers to last for a longer period of time.

Are veneers right for you? The only way to know for sure is to arrange for a dental exam. Once it’s completed, you and your dentist can determine what treatments would improve the look of your teeth and also keep them healthy.

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We are so excited to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons has just given us the green light to begin seeing all non-essential and deferred treatment! Under the guidance of the RCDSO, all dentists in Ontario will now be able to re-open their practices for routine care and treatment. ​ Up until now, due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, dentists have only been permitted to provide ​ emergency dental treatment. ​ This means that we have been unable to provide any other type of dental procedures since mid-March.

We can't wait to get back to work and begin seeing our patients again! We are spending this week implementing the changes mandated by the ministry of health and the dental association and will resume a normal schedule starting next week. You can rest assured that the safety of our community, our patients, and our team members are of utmost importance and we will have implemented additional safety measures and precautions. This is in addition to our already strict infection control protocols that were already in place.

Please be patient with us and give us some time to contact you; if you have had an appointment rescheduled, you are at the top of our list to call. We will be doing our best to ensure that everyone is re-booked as soon as possible. However, if you would like to get in sooner, or are having a concern, please feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect at my next dental appointment?

  • We will be ​pre-screening ​all patients prior to their appointments, and one more time upon arrival.
  • We are requesting that only the person who is booked for an appointment enter the office where ever possible (parents and caregivers will be permitted if necessary).
  • Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front entrance, and also to wear a mask until you are seated in the treatment room. (A mask will be provided if you do not have your own)
  • We will be staggering appointment times to limit the number of people in our offices to promote and encourage physical distancing.
  • There are hand hygiene stations located throughout the offices.
  • We have installed plexiglass barriers in the waiting room to protect our patients and team members.

FAQ

When exactly can I book an appointment?

  • We are seeing emergencies this week, but starting Mon, June 8th, we will begin seeing all patients with outstanding treatment

What procedures will we be able to do?

  • We will be able to perform all procedures, including extractions, fillings, root canal treatments, fabricating night guards and anything else that has been delayed due to COVID19

Will I be able to get my teeth cleaned and my regular recall exam (check up)?

  • We are hoping to begin scheduling hygiene appointments by the middle of June
  • As guidelines change this may be sooner or later

How will you contact me for my next appointment?

  • One of our team members will contact you to review your needs and schedule your appointment appropriately. We will be initially focussing on following up on emergency and urgent care. Please call, text or email us if you have a specific concern and we will respond ASAP.

Do we have enough PPE?

  • Absolutely! Our offices will be well equipped to keep you and our teams safe.
  • We have been providing emergency care throughout the pandemic with appropriate PPE

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