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Porcelain Veneers | Dr. Kamil - Dentist in Ottawa

January 29, 2015 | Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry | Be the first one to comment

Have discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned or broken teeth? Ever desired that perfect Hollywood smile but were unsure of the best treatment? Then fear not, Porcelain (Dental Veneers) might be the treatment for you! 

What are they?
Dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers, are thin custom made shells that resemble the appearance of your teeth. They are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve the quality of your once perfect smile.
Dental veneers are usually made from porcelain, or from resin composite materials. Porcelain and resin veneers are better for different conditions requiring veneers. Porcelain veneers have the ability to resist stains better than resin veneers and can better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before the placement can take place. You will need to get in contact with Dr. Kamil to determine what kind of veneers suit your needs.

What do they fix?
Veneers are used to fix a variety of aesthetic issues with your teeth:

  • Discolouration of teeth—as a cause of root canal treatment or other circumstances

  • worn down teeth

  • Teeth that are chipped, or broken

  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped

  • Teeth with gaps between them

What is the procedure?

Three trips are required to get the porcelain veneers installed—one for the consultation, two for the making and application of the veneers. One or many of your teeth can undergo the process described below:

  1. Diagnosis and treatment planning

This is the most important step as this determines what kind of veneers will be installed. During this appointment, your dentist will take an X-ray f your teeth and possibly make impression of your mouth and teeth.

  1. Preparation

To prepare a tooth/teeth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about ½ mm of enamel from the tooth surface, the amount that is equal to the thickness of the veneer to be installed. Before removing the surface, the area will be numbed through anesthetics. The impression will be taken and the veneers will be installed 1-2 weeks after the impression. At times, for very unsightly teeth, temporary veneers can be placed for addition cost.

  1. Bonding

Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, Dr. Kamil will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. Multiple trimmings will be made on the veneer to get a perfect fix. In order for the tooth to receive the veneer, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and etched which will cause for a strong bonding process. Special cement is also applied on the veneer before it fits on your teeth. Once properly position on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Dr. Kamil may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the veneer.

What are some of the advantages/disadvantages?

  • Provide natural appearance

  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain

  • Stain resistant (porcelain)


  • Process not reversible

  • Teeth may become more sensitive as some of the enamel has been removed

  • Not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth

Caring for your Veneers
Your veneers usually last between 5-10 years. After this time span, they would need to be replaced. Fortunately, dental veneers do not need special care besides proper dental hygiene. However, like regular teeth, they may stain with several foods. Therefore, Dr. Kamil may ask you to avoid consumption of certain food.
If you or someone you know is in need of aesthetic treatment for your smile, and may need a dental veneers, get in contact with Dr. Abou-Kheir today. We are conveniently located right on Bank Street here in Ottawa and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the process.

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