If your teeth are stained, chipped, worn, misaligned, misshapen or have gaps between them, our cosmetic dental services in Saskatoon can help you improve your smile.
Patients looking for cosmetic dentistry in Saskatoon are often very excited about improving the aesthetics of their smile. However, focusing on the overall health and hygiene of your mouth is equally important to ensure that your cosmetic dentistry procedures last for a long time.
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the most popular procedures are veneers. Veneers in Saskatoon can help you redefine your smile by hiding cosmetic defects on your teeth. Cosmetic services can also help improve self-confidence and reduce social anxiety about your teeth.
Veneers in Saskatoon
Dental veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain material that is made to fit over your teeth, providing a natural-looking smile. Composite resin veneers are made in-office while porcelain veneers can either be made in-office or in a dental lab.
To prepare your tooth for a dental veneer, our dentists at West 14 Dental will remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of the affected tooth. An impression will be taken of your mouth and the model will be sent to a dental lab where your veneers are manufactured. Veneers can potentially be completed in a single visit as they can be developed within a single hour during your dental appointment.
When your veneers are ready, we will place the veneers on your teeth with the help of resin cement. This will help your veneers bond tightly to your teeth and give you a beautiful and flawless smile.
Types of Veneers in Saskatoon
Two main types of veneers are used at West 14 Dental: composite resin and porcelain veneers.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are also known as dental bonding and are manufactured at West 14 Dental by our dentists. The procedure involves preparing and fitting a tooth-colored cost-effective filling, which can be used to hide small cracks, chips, and discolorations in your teeth.
We will carefully match the color of the resin to your surrounding teeth, shave off a very tiny amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth, and then apply the bonding material in layers. Once the material is in place, we will carefully shape and polish it so that it matches your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are usually made in the laboratory, though if you want same-day veneers, they can also be made in-office. Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells, very much like fingernails, that are made-to-measure and custom-fitted to your teeth.
Typically, porcelain veneers require two visits. During the first visit, we will make a mold of your teeth and send it to the dental lab so that they can fabricate the veneer. Once the veneer has been made, you will be called again and the veneer shell will be fixed to your tooth, giving you a very natural-looking smile.
What Type of Veneer is Right for You?
Whether you are getting a composite resin or a porcelain veneer, you will get a whiter, natural-looking, and more uniform smile.
Benefits of Composite Veneers
- Composite veneers can be applied in a single visit.
- They require a very minute amount of enamel to be removed so the process is reversible.
- They cost less than custom-fitted porcelain veneers.
- If the material cracks or chips, they can be easy to repair.
However, composite resin veneers are less durable than porcelain veneers and their material can stain more easily. They can also potentially give your teeth a slightly plastic look.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain veneers offer you the most natural smile as porcelain can mimic the light-reflecting properties of the enamel.
- Porcelain veneers are very strong and durable and with some good oral care, can last for a very long time.
- They are also highly resistant to stains and discoloration.
However, porcelain veneers require more enamel removal than composite resin veneer, so the process is irreversible and your teeth will always need to be protected.
If you are unsure what type of veneers you want, you can first try a composite resin veneer. This can help you get an idea of how your teeth will look like. It can also help you decide whether to make the transition to permanent porcelain veneers.
If you are interested in getting a cosmetic dentistry procedure in Saskatoon, schedule an appointment by calling us at +1-306-933-2114 , and we will offer you advice on deciding what’s right for you.