What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the tooth to recreate a natural look for teeth requiring slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or colour.

Vancouver dentist, Dr. Jan Roberts, notes that the process begins with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. A diagnostic mock-up is then created to allow you to visualize the veneers beforehand. To place a veneer, a small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed (usually less than a millimeter) in order to create room for the porcelain veneer. This is necessary in order to accurately restore the tooth’s natural function and create a better appearance than the original tooth.Once the teeth are prepared, the mock-up is transferred into your mouth as a “trial smile” so you can “test drive” the appearance before the veneers are finalized. Any adjustments can be made at this stage to ensure you get the result you are wanting.

Because a portion of the original tooth enamel is reduced, a veneer is not a reversible treatment. Although adjustments and even new veneers can be made, you can never reliably return to the original condition of the tooth.

Improve Your Teeth & Smile

Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth or teeth have poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is undesirable and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option. We are proudly serving the Coal Harbour and Vancouver, BC communities. Contact us to learn more or book an appointment.