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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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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The Ontario Government has announced new restrictions in various regions of the province beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions include moving the regions of Toronto and Peel into Lockdown (maximum measures) status. You can find the status of all regions in Ontario here.

With the announcement that Toronto and Peel regions are heading into lockdown as of tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As medical/health providers, we have been classified as providing essential services and will continue to provide both preventive and restorative, as well as emergency treatment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority.

If you have not visited one of our clinics lately, here is a reminder of what you can expect at your next visit:

PRE-SCREENING:

A COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. Please ensure that you respond prior to your office visit. You will be screened again upon arrival and a team member will ask you some questions and take your temperature before you enter the treatment area. You will also notice signage throughout the clinics regarding safety measures in place in the facility, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing, and hand-sanitizing.

ARRIVAL AT CLINIC:

We ask that all patients please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle to reduce the number of people in the waiting area and to aid in social distancing. Please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived and we will let you know when it is ok to enter the office. You will be required to wear a mask at all times in the dental office, except for during treatment, in the treatment room. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.

WAITING AREA:

We have removed most of the seating from our waiting rooms. Whenever possible, we are having patients wait outside of the clinic until their appointment time. However, if you do need to use one of our chairs, please do so. We will ensure the surfaces of the chairs are sanitized after every use. Our receptionists have plexiglass shields in front of them at all times - we ask that you please respect social distancing, even at the front desk, and refrain from touching surfaces there whenever possible and stay behind the shields while speaking with the staff. Our debit/credit machines do accept tap, and are disinfected after every use. We can also offer contactless credit card payment using your smart phone.

DURING YOUR TREATMENT:

All of our clinical team members will be wearing full PPE, such as a mask, glasses and gloves, as well as a face shield with cap and isolation gown when needed. Our team members will let you know when it is safe for you to remove your mask and also when to put it back on at the end of the appointment. At the start of each appointment, every patient will also be given a pre-treatment peroxide based mouth rinse to reduce possible virus in the saliva during intra-oral treatment.

VIRTUAL VISITS:

In addition to in-office visits, virtual appointments are available for consultations and discussions regarding treatment, and may also be recommended in order to reduce your number of visits to our clinics. We have many different times available and all you need is a smart phone, tablet or a computer with a camera in order to have a virtual face to face meeting (no mask required).

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION:

Appointments will be spread out and schedules staggered in order to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection. As always, all surfaces in treatment areas will be appropriately disinfected after patient visits in accordance with Public Health guidelines and high traffic contact surfaces throughout the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Continuing to follow these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust in these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre