Dental Veneers

Dental veneers  are a bit like false nails

Used to repair a cavity or a broken tooth, dental veneers can also enhance your smile. They cover the front of your teeth.  This is a simple and painless treatment allowing you to get a brighter smile.  It may be advisable to proceed with a tooth-whitening treatment before the placement of the veneers.

The difference between the veneer and the crown: the veneer covers only the front of the tooth and the crown covers completely the tooth.

What is a dental veneer?

It is a thin shell made of porcelain or composite resin, which is attached to the front part of the tooth.

Porcelain veneers (ceramic):

  • Do not get stained;
  • Do not change colour;
  • Look like false nails that are moulded and cemented on the teeth;
  • Have a longer lifespan than composite veneers;
  • Their fabrication is done in a laboratory; a second visit is necessary to apply the veneers.


Composite veneers:

  • Are done in a single appointment;
  • Are less expensive than porcelain veneers;
  • Are made directly at the dentist’s office and shaped on the tooth;
  • Have a shorter life expectancy than the porcelain veneers (may require touch-ups with time).


CEREC porcelain veneers:

  • Are made in a single appointment;
  • Offer an unlimited choice of colours;
  • Do not get stained;
  • Do not change colour;
  • Look like false nails that are moulded and cemented on the tooth;
  • Have a longer lifespan than the composite veneers.

Dental veneers allow to change:

  • Colour of teeth;
  • Shape of teeth;
  • Angle of teeth;
  • Spacing between teeth.

Placing veneers on your teeth

    • Local anesthesia may be necessary to remove a thin layer of enamel;
    • An impression of your teeth is necessary for greater accuracy;
    • While you are waiting for the permanent veneers to be made, your dentist may place temporary veneers to protect the teeth of which a thin layer of enamel was removed;
    • At the second appointment, the temporary veneers will be taken out to affix permanent porcelain veneers using a composite resin cement.
    • A mild chemical solution is applied to the tooth to make the enamel rougher;
    • Composite resin is applied in several layers and each layer is cured with a special light;
    • Once the last layer is hardened, the resin is shaped and polished so that the tooth has a natural appearance.

What you should know about dental veneers:

  • The procedure is not painful;
  • Veneers require the same maintenance as natural teeth (brushing and flossing every day);
  • This treatment is irreversible as part of the enamel has been removed to affix the veneer (about half a millimetre under local anesthesia).
  • If the veneer is broken or if a cavity forms on the tooth, the treatment must be redone;
  • You must be careful not to bite too hard into objects;
  • Check if your insurance covers the installation of veneers (it is a cosmetic treatment).

WARNING! Veneers are not for you if…

  • You have cavities or gum disease (you first need to treat them);
  • There is not enough enamel on the tooth (reduced adhesion to affix veneers);
  • You are missing a large part of the tooth (you will need a dental crown);
  • You grind your teeth (because you may damage and even break your veneers). In this situation it is better to opt for a complete crown.

Veneer or crown?

The primary function of the veneer is to beautify while the crown is used both to strengthen and enhance the appearance of the tooth.

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