About Porcelain Veneers & Crowns
If you are dissatisfied with your smile because of the poor appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers may be the right choice for you. The doctors at ARTIS are committed to providing every patient with a bright and radiant smile that can completely transform their whole facial aesthetic. People with unattractive teeth are less likely to show their smiles and often appear unhappy or sullen. Porcelain veneers can provide you with a new lease on life and restore your infectious, attractive smile.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Will My Teeth be Shaved Down to Little Pegs?
This is a very common concern among clients. A lot of people detract from having porcelain veneers due to concern of extensive reduction of the teeth. The truth is, most porcelain veneers are less than 0.5 mm thick yet still have strength and durability for a long lasting effect in the mouth. A smile makeover is “construction without destruction” and in some cases we can provide clients with “no prep” veneers, in which case there is no tooth reduction at all.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Temporary Crowns or Veneers For?
Temporary crowns or veneers are placed over the teeth so clients can “test drive” their smile before the personal design consultation where the shape, design, effects and colors are chosen. Within a two weeks, the custom hand crafted, porcelain crowns or veneers are ready for you to see and try in. Once you are happy with your new smile, they are permanently bonded on top of the natural teeth using lasers and other lights.
Who Designs my Porcelain Veneers and/or Crowns?
Porcelain veneers and crowns are custom designed and hand fabricated by our dental technician who is a true artist. They are created to complement each client’s personality, lifestyle and physical characteristics. You will come in for a personal design consultation to choose the shape, design, effects, and colours for your new porcelain veneers or crowns.
I’m Worried my Veneers Will Have a Black Line around the Gums
This is seen on people who have the metal based crown technology commonly known as Porcelain Fused to Metal. Over time, the gum line around the crowns can recede slightly making the dark metal at the gum line visible. With our custom porcelain techniques, we can create strong durable porcelain veneers and crowns with no metal lining for front or back teeth, allowing for a clean metal free natural look with no dark gum line.
Am I going to have to Change my Veneers Every 5 Years?
Most people will see their porcelain veneers and crowns last an average of 15-20 years. Porcelain is a permanent restoration; however its life span depends on a few factors. The first is how you maintain them. Proper hygiene and oral care at home and a professional dental cleaning every 3-6 months is essential. You take care of your porcelain veneers the same way you take care of your teeth. A second factor is the bite you were born with. Everyone has a certain way their jaw and teeth align with each other, if you have broken, worn down or fractured your own teeth, you could fracture veneers. The best prevention is a night guard; a small, simple and slim guard worn when sleeping which helps prevent excessive pressure on the veneers and your natural teeth.
I Have Crowns, Are Veneers and Crowns the Same Thing?
Crowns and Porcelain Veneers are very similar and made of the same porcelain material. The difference is that amount of porcelain that covers the tooth. Crowns cover the front, sides and back of a tooth. Porcelain Veneers cover the front and a small amount on the back of the tooth. Crowns are used when more functional support is needed. For example, if a patient has a broken tooth, a very large buildup of old silver or white filling or if you are replacing an older existing crown. Crowns and Veneers provide all patients with an amazing smile, some patients even have a combination of the two.
I have a Root Canal, should I get a Porcelain Crown?
After you have a Root Canal Treatment on a tooth, the tooth is no longer vital. This tooth can still last you a lifetime, however without the proper support, it can fracture, crumble and breakdown. It’s a good idea to place a porcelain restoration on the tooth before fracturing or breakdown occurs. This will create longevity for that tooth so you can continue to use it for its function and purpose in the mouth.
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Having a smile makeover with porcelain veneers or crowns is an incredible life changing experience. The smile is the window to our inner self, expression and communication. It creates and contributes to all our personal connections in life, and everyone should be proud and confident through their smile.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Dr. Damji believes that the best results are achieved by providing the most natural results. Porcelain veneers are nearly impossible to distinguish from your surrounding teeth. They come in realistic colors in order to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Every patient has a unique set of needs when it comes to restoring their teeth. Porcelain veneers are the most versatile treatment, and their coloring may be adjusted to cover all signs of tooth discoloration.
Porcelain veneers are designed to last 15 years without needing replacement. They are non-porous and are extremely resistant to stains. Although veneers are thin, they provide a strong, long-lasting coating once bonded to the teeth.
The process of applying porcelain veneers is painless. As opposed to crowns, they only require minimal alteration to your original teeth. A thin layer of enamel may be removed to prepare your teeth for the veneer application.