Porcelain Veneers in Ottawa, ON

Veneers are a quick and effective solution for improving your smile where damaged teeth, stains, or gaps are present. Other options from a cosmetic dentist (in Downtown Ottawa) could be our teeth whitening service. These ultra-thin shells of ceramic or resin materials are bonded to your existing teeth to mask any unappealing discrepancies regarding the color, shape, or size of your teeth. Let’s explore more about veneers and how they can enhance the appearance of your smile.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers offer a simple solution for improving your smile. It’s an excellent cosmetic treatment that gives you the ability to obtain the look you desire by masking any undesirable defects. If you’re feeling unsatisfied with the look of your teeth, this is a popular choice that’s commonly used as an alternative to crowns. Resin and porcelain veneers are the most common materials used. Both materials are custom made to the contour of your teeth. Then they are bonded to your existing tooth enamel over the course of a few visits to our Little Italy dentist on Preston Street. Ottawa Downtown is where you can find our practice, right by Dow’s Lake itself.

The Veneers Advantage

Since veneers are individually crafted for the look, size, and color that you desire, it really is a great way to get the smile you’ve been dreaming of. And since the advanced material today mimics the look and feel of natural teeth, their lifelike appearance and color can give you the boost of confidence to go along with your new and improved smile. Additionally, veneers can be combined with other advanced treatments like teeth whitening and crowns to create truly stunning results for patients.

The Process to a Perfect Smile With Veneers

The entire process will involve diagnosis by the dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure, followed by treatment planning, preparation and bonding. This can require a handful of visits to our practice on Preston Street in Little Italy. The dentist will explain the corrective limitations of the procedure, offering multiple consultations if necessary for you to understand everything thoroughly and to plan out the look of your new smile.

After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will bond and sculpt the material onto your teeth. A custom mold will be taken for ceramic veneers, and patients might be given a temporary veneer during the duration. The dentist will then check the fit, shape, and colour before adding cement between the veneer and tooth, finally solidifying it with a specialized light.

With the advancements in the dental industry today, veneers are more popular and convenient than ever. If you’re unsatisfied with the look of your teeth and feel insecure about any defects with your smile, contact us at Dow’s Lake Dental Clinic to discuss your options so that you can actually feel good about showing off your smile.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are veneers permanent?


No–Veneers typically last 10 years, but with proper care, they can last 20 years. To improve the longevity of your veneers treatment, we recommend scheduling professional cleanings and exams twice a year at our Ottawa office.

In addition to scheduling regular appointments, you’ll want to follow a regular oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals. For lasting results, you’ll also want to:

-Address teeth grinding

-Refrain from biting into hard foods such as apples

-Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports

-Avoid using your teeth as tools

Is the process of getting veneers painful?

The process of getting veneers is simple and pain-free. Your dentist will be sure to numb your teeth prior to the procedure so you won’t feel a thing. She’ll also be in constant communication with you to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the treatment.  After your veneers are placed, your gums may be sore for a few days. It’s normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold beverages and foods as well. After a few days, you’ll be feeling like yourself and looking better than ever.

Are there any risks associated with getting veneers?

Veneers have been around since the 1920s and are considered a trusted treatment to conceal a variety of dental issues. While most people have a great experience with veneers, there are a few things you’ll want to look out for, including:

-If food is accumulating around the edges, you’ll need to have them adjusted

-If veneers aren’t bonded properly, they may turn a grayish color from food particles getting trapped underneath the veneers

-If veneers are too large, they can cause a gum infection

-Veneers can dislodge, especially during the temporary stage

-When preparing your teeth for porcelain veneers, we’ll need to shave off part of the enamel to make room and provide a surface for them to adhere to. Occasionally teeth can become sensitive afterwards and sometimes require root canal treatments afterwards.

While issues are rare, you’ll want to be sure to undergo the procedure with a trusted dentist such as our dentists at Dows Lake Dental to mitigate risks and ensure the best possible outcome for your new flawless smile. 

If you have any problems with your new veneers, contact us immediately at our Ottawa office by calling (613) 406-6464 and we’ll get you an appointment at your earliest convenience.