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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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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The recent Ontario government announcement declaring a state of emergency and issuing of a new stay-at-home order has caused some uncertainty. We wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As dental professionals we have been classified as an essential part of healthcare and will continue to provide both preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. We will not be providing some elective services such as teeth whitening at this time.

We are grateful to remain open as we know how important it is to stay on top of dental issues before they become major problems. Good oral health is directly related to good overall health. 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. Our strict protocols include: Advanced pre screening, using Hepa air filters, wearing advanced PPE, and limiting the number of people in the office by making virtual consultations available. Our offices have always prided ourselves on being experts when it comes to asepsis and sterilizations protocols and it should be noted that there has been no evidence of COVID spread related to dental offices at this time.

Should you have any questions, or wish to postpone or delay any upcoming appointments, please feel free to reach out. We completely understand that not everyone is comfortable receiving dental treatment at this time and we will do our best to accommodate all of your needs while making sure that you feel safe.

Continuing to follow our enhanced safety guidelines, that we have had in place since June, 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 during these uncertain times,

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