In the Okanagan Valley, we have plenty of reasons to smile—fantastic weather, unlimited outdoor activities throughout all four seasons, and access to some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains in the world. Ensuring you smile is as healthy as the Okanagan lifestyle is as simple as booking an appointment for some Kelowna veneers.
There’s only so much you can do to improve the look of your teeth and smile with practices such as brushing and whitening. If you have crooked or gapped teeth, you’ll need to enlist the help of an Okanagan dentist if you want to correct those issues.
In Kelowna, veneers are a popular way for you to have the smile you’ve always wanted.
What Are Dental Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin layer of material that is placed over a tooth, and typically serves one of two important functions:
- Improves esthetics of the existing tooth and overall smile
- Protects the surface of a damaged tooth (while also improving esthetics)
Veneers are typically available in two forms—composite resin and medical-grade porcelain—and both have their advantages.
Composite veneers have the advantage of being applied in a single visit to your Kelowna dental clinic. The process includes:
- Removing an adequate amount of tooth material to accommodate the thickness of the veneer
- Applying a strong bonding agent, followed by the resin in the desired shape
- Light curing, finishing and polishing the resin
Composite resin veneers can last upwards of eight years, but they can sometimes require maintenance.
Porcelain veneers are significantly more durable than their composite counterparts, lasting upwards of 20 years. However, they require multiple visits (at least two) to be fitted correctly. This is because porcelain veneers aren’t produced while you’re sitting in a dentist chair. They’re specially fabricated in a dental laboratory.
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers due to the more elaborate procedure. They also require more time and expertise to place correctly.
Overall, porcelain is considered to be a superior product, as new technology is producing shells that are stronger and reflect light similarly to natural dental enamel to give a more uniform smile.
Who are Veneers for?
Clients that are considering veneers are usually looking to address structural or cosmetic issues with their teeth, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor misalignment
However, veneers are also for anyone who simply wants a better smile. Hollywood celebrities have been using this simple procedure for years to achieve those captivating smiles you see on the red carpet and silver screen, so why shouldn’t you?
For other examples of how celebrities have changed their smiles, read: Hollywood Smiles: How the Stars Aligned Their Teeth for the Big Screen.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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