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The dental veneers are aesthetic porcelain restorations. This highly conservative treatment consists of covering the front of the teeth with a thin layer of ceramic to optimize the color, shape and texture of the teeth.

Often used to rehabilitate several successive teeth (spaces between the teeth, slight overlap, teeth of unsightly shape), they can sometimes be used to restore only one tooth, following a trauma for example.

The cost of a porcelain veneer can vary between $1,300 and $1,800 depending on the material chosen, the number of veneers made and the clinician’s expertise.
The realization of a case of veneers usually requires between 3 and 4 visits, from the initial meeting to the final insertion. The first visit is a planning meeting (prints, photographs, X-rays). The teeth to be restored are prepared during the second visit, and temporary veneers are made to evaluate the aesthetics (shape, color) with the patient. The final porcelain veneers will be tried in the mouth during the 3rd appointment and adjustments will be made. If the result is optimal, the veneers will be permanently cemented. If minor corrections are required to meet the patient’s expectations, the veneers will be returned to the lab for modification and cemented 1-2 weeks later.

Porcelain veneers do not change color once cemented. It is therefore imperative to be satisfied with the color of your teeth before making facets. Dental whitening is therefore recommended.

The average lifespan is between 10 and 15 years, depending on the maintenance and care of the teeth. As these are very conservative cosmetic restorations made of a thin layer of porcelain, they can be damaged. For example, grinding teeth or “biting” nails are common causes of veneer breakage.


Dr Louis Rainville, prosthodontist