Your smile looks yellowed and dull. Stains, a corner chip off a front tooth, an unattractive gap and plain old wear and tear have changed your teeth. Porcelain veneers in North York from cosmetic dentist, Dr. Eli Shem–Tov, makeover qualified patients in just a few office visits. This customized process produces a straight, bright smile that’s durable and just right for the particular patient.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates, improve the frontside of teeth which have cosmetic defects. Tooth-shaped shells of whisper-thin porcelain, crafted according dental impressions and modern imaging techniques, laminates permanently cover several kinds of aesthetic imperfections. They strengthen tooth structure, too.
Through careful examination, the cosmetic dentist in North York, Ontario helps a patient decide if veneers are right for his or her smile. Teeth should be free of decay and extensive restorative work such as fillings and crowns. Additionally, there should be no gingivitis or periodontitis in the gum tissue.
If the North York, Ontario dentist and patient decide on veneers, Dr. Shem-Tov prepares the teeth by removing a very thin slice of enamel (½ mm). This is generally comfortable and does not require local anesthesia. He then takes impressions of the patient’s mouth so an outside dental lab can craft a three-dimensional model of the top and bottom arches. The patient leaves the office with temporary veneers glued in place.
The three-dimensional model allows the ceramist to customize each porcelain veneer for best size and configuration, and photos help the technician match color and other aesthetic features which complement the patient’s age, gender and facial features. This is not a one-size-fits all process, but rather, it is centered on the patient’s individuality.
At the next office visit, Dr. Shem-Tov fits the porcelain veneers, ensuring bite and appearance are just right. He uses light-sensitive resin to bond the laminates onto the teeth, and he can adjust the color of the cement to create the perfect shade.
At home, the patient brushes twice a day with a quality, low abrasion toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. He or she also flosses daily and returns to Dr. Shem-Tov for routine exams and cleanings every six months.
The patient must avoid chewing hard foods such as peanut brittle and taffy, and no one should bite non-food items, such as fingernails or pen tops, with their teeth. With good care, patients enjoy their beautiful smiles for years.
Other Aesthetic Treatments
All-ceramic restorations such as crowns, inlays and onlays, as well as professional