Veneers at Belterra

Dental veneers, also known a dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers are thin custom made shells of tooth colored stuff that are specifically designed to cover the front surface of teeth in order to make them more appealing and attractive. These shells are then attached to the front of teeth thus changing their length, shape, size or even color. Dental veneers can either be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers tend to resist stains better than the resin ones and they also mimic light-reflecting properties of natural teeth in a better manner. You will have to discuss what is the best choice of the veneer material for you with a specialized dentist. Veneer teeth are tinted with intense precision thus matching the teeth around them and when they are correctly applied, these sculptures are quite indistinguishable from natural teeth providing you with more resilience than the natural tooth enamel.

Types of problems that dental veneers can fix

Routinely, veneers are used to fix discolored teeth as a result of excessive fluoride, stains from drugs including tetracycline, root canal treatment or even resin filling that have discolored your teeth over time. They can also fix misaligned, uneven, crooked teeth, teeth that are worn down, broken or chipped teeth and also teeth that have conspicuous gaps between them. Porcelain veneers are an effective and fast way of fixing your teeth irregularities giving you that perfect smile.

Porcelain veneers over dental crowns

Most dentists consider porcelain veneers in their application because they do not fully encompass the entire tooth unlike dental crowns. Nonetheless, dental veneers have the ability to fix chemically stained teeth, broken teeth, chipped teeth as well as crooked teeth so effectively; so much so that they do not react to any additional whitening treatment. Additionally, porcelain veneers are made of highly resilient porcelain which means that they not only respond to colorants and other tooth whitening chemicals as naturally as the usual teeth do, but they can also be tinted to match the teeth around them with exact precision. Composite, rein fillings and tooth crowns may continually look flat and resist staining but the advantageous thing about porcelain veneers is that they respond just like your natural teeth’s enamel thus retaining a uniform look to your teeth for several years. If you’re interested in dental veneers especially the porcelain ones, do visit us at Belterra Dental for dentistry with a touch of professionalism.

Procedure for getting yourself a dental veneer

To have a dental veneer done, it will only require at least three trips to the dentist; the first os consultation, followed by the next two trips from making and application of the veneers. The procedure can be done on a single tooth or several teeth simultaneously. During consultation, you will be required to participate actively and explain to your dentist the exact result that you would like to achieve. Here, the dentist or oral surgeon examines your teeth ensuring that indeed the dental veneers will be a viable and appropriate option for you. There will be further discussions on what the procedure entails. This includes benefits and limitations. During the next trip, your dentist prepares your teeth for the procedure by removing about half an Ml of enamel from the tooth’s surface. This is an amount that is almost equal to the thickness of veneer that is to be added to the tooth surface. You and your dentist will then decide whether it’s necessary to use local anesthetic to numb the area before he/she trims off the enamel. The dentist makes an impression of your tooth and sends it to a dental laboratory to construct your veneer which takes two to four weeks. The last step is bonding whereby the dentist places the veneer on your tooth temporarily to examine its color and fit, repeatedly trimming it as need be to achieve the perfect fit. Upon achieving the desired fit and color, he polishes, cleans and etches it to roughen it up for strong bonding. He applies special cement on the veneer, places it on your tooth and lastly applies a special beam of light to it, a process which activates the chemicals found in the cement leading to it hardening and curing very fast. Any excess cement is removed and the dentists evaluates your bite. In case of any final adjustments, he makes them as necessary.


Depending on the part of the country you come from and also the extent of your procedure, dental veneers range in price from 1000 dollars to 2000 dollars per tooth. It is also good if you take note of the fact that veneers are not generally covered by insurance but you can confirm this from your specific dental insurance provider.