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Which Kind of Dental Veneers Are Right for You?

Many people who ask their dentists about veneers are not aware there is more than one type. That leads to exploring which one would work best based on your individual situation. By understanding more about each kind of veneer and what it’s designed to accomplish, it will be easier to come up with a solution that’s right for you. Here are a few things you should know about each one.


Porcelain veneers in North York are the kind that you are most likely to think of when you want to discuss the possibility of getting this type of work done. This solution is often used when you have a cracked tooth or would like to do something about the slight gaps in between each of your teeth. Since veneers are essentially shells that fit over the front of your teeth, they add stability and prevent the crack from getting worse. The slight bulk of the veneer also fills in the gaps without negatively impacting the tooth shape.

This is considered a permanent type of veneer and requires removing a portion of the tooth enamel before the fitting. With the right care, the porcelain veneers will last for up to two decades.


Composite veneers are made using composite material and are bonded directly to the surface of the teeth. The material is polished until it has the same smooth texture as the rest of your teeth. While the look is great, the material is not as sturdy as porcelain. Generally, you can expect to get around five years of use before more dental work is needed. One plus is that repairs to composite veneers is typically easier than repairs to porcelain veneers.


General wear and tear on the teeth may call for palatal veneers. Along with being available in porcelain or composite options, you can also get palatal veneers crafted with gold. They are helpful for situations like damage sustained from teeth grinding.


Lumineers are one of the newer veneer solutions and among the strongest you can get. They are also among the most durable and thinnest on the market today. Unlike porcelain veneers, there is no need to remove enamel by gentle grinding. While they are designed to offer as much as two decades of service, these veneers can be removed with relative ease any time you like. Keep in mind the thin nature of the veneer makes it harder to hide flaws. If the tooth is naturally a little darker than the rest, the Lumineer will do little to hide the shade.


Non-permanent veneers are often used to provide short-term relief and protection for patients until a long-term solution is ready for application. Made from sturdy resin or plastic, these are placed on the teeth while your porcelain veneers are manufactured. When the time comes, they will be easy to remove at the dentist office or even at home using a kit.

You have more than one choice. Go over each one with your dentist and identify the solution that’s best for your particular dental need. Rest assured that the ideal choice will serve you well for a long time.

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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.


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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