Why Dental Veneers are a Big Part of a Complete Smile Makeover

We’ll also help you choose the best material (composite vs. porcelain) for your smile.

As one of the most preferred cosmetic dentistry procedures (and highly popular among celebrities and models), dental veneers have the ability to completely transform the appearance of a smile!

This is because these wafer-thin shells are capable of correcting a range of cosmetic issues, such as discolouration/stains, tooth chipping or wear, irregular shape and/or size, tooth positioning, and even spacing or gaps between the teeth.

Comparing porcelain vs. composite resin dental veneers

Veneers can be made from either a resin composite material, or from porcelain material. There are certain pros and cons to each material, which we’ll talk about below:


The translucent or partially see-through quality of porcelain allows veneers to catch light very similarly to the way a natural tooth does, contributing to a very natural tooth-like appearance. Porcelain veneers are also resistant to staining - so you’ll never have to worry about your veneers beginning to yellow.

While composite resin, on the other hand still looks fantastic and natural, it can’t compare to the extremely natural-looking result porcelain can offer. Additionally, composite resin veneers do stain just like natural teeth do, so this is important to keep in mind.


Porcelain veneers have the ability to last around 10-15 years with proper care, as the material becomes highly durable once bonded to a natural tooth. Alternatively, composite veneers are very durable, however not as strong as porcelain, and will generally last up to 8 years with proper care, with 4 years being a lower-end estimate.


Lastly, composite resin veneers do take the cake when it comes to saving you more $$ - but likely only short-term, as they will typically require more reparation over time vs. their porcelain counterparts (and this can add up - to the point where it may surpass the cost of your initial porcelain veneers treatment).

Are dental veneers right for me - or should I choose another cosmetic treatment?

It’s best to consult with our Etobicoke dentist before setting your mind on a particular treatment. Our dentist will examine your teeth and will perform an X-ray screening to better understand if there are any underlying issues that are not visible and that need to be addressed first. We’ll also discuss with you about your state of oral health, and from there will help you to best choose an option that fits your particular needs.

If dental veneer treatment is determined as the solution that will meet your dental needs, here’s what to expect when it comes to the actual procedure.

A typical dental veneers procedure explained:

During your initial visit, our dentist will need to create an aesthetic model of your teeth that require treatment, in order to prepare the dental veneers. The creation of your veneers can take up to two weeks to complete in a dental lab.

At your following visit, the thin enamel layer will be removed from the surfaces of the teeth receiving the veneers. Then, the veneers will be pre-tested for bonding and best placement. Once everything is ready, the aesthetic tooth is “trimmed” to achieve the best fit, cleaned and slightly engraved or “etched” to facilitate veneer bonding. After this, our dentist will apply a special cement material to officially adhere the veneer to your teeth, ensuring a strong bond.

Something important to note: While dental veneers can be a wonderful solution to improve dental aesthetics since they are well-tolerated by gums and look natural, remember that this treatment is irreversible as the underlying tooth requires some modification.

Ready for your stunning smile makeover with veneers in Etobicoke?

Our team at Etobicoke Dental Health Centre is ready to see you! Contact us today to schedule your veneers consultation with our dentist, or if you have any questions for us about any of our procedures.


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