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Your teeth have come a long way, which means, dentistry has come a long way too. Having veneers placed on your teeth is a great dental solution for people that have gaps in their smile, chipped crowns, discolouration and misalignment. This week’s blog is all about veneers and how we have the movies to thank for them. Continue reading to find out more about this dental procedure.


You read that right; we have the movies to thank for veneers. Legend has it that in 1928 veneers were invented by a dentist to help change the appearance of an actor’s teeth for a film. Fast forward to 2015 at the Marlborough Dental Clinic, veneers now not only help enhance the aesthetics of patients' teeth, they can also fix them or improve their function. If any of your teeth are chipped or misaligned, then veneers are a dental solution for you.


Veneers are a thin shell that attach to the front part of your teeth. There are two types of veneers, porcelain and composite resin. The advantage of porcelain veneers is they don’t ever stain or fade and are much stronger than composite resin. Porcelain veneers often require two dental visits to complete compared to the single visit for composite resin. The composite resin procedure is similar to dental bonding, where Dr. Popp applies a chemical to your teeth allowing the resin to attach to the enamel of the tooth being worked on. The resin chosen will match the colour of your teeth and is hardened by using a bright light. After the final layer of resin is hardened, Dr. Popp shapes and polishes it to form your tooth, fixing any chips or gaps.


Porcelain veneers require local anaesthetic to minimize any discomfort. Dr. Popp then removes a small layer of enamel from the teeth. He takes a mould of the teeth which is used to make an exact replica made from porcelain. You’ll be given temporary veneers until Dr. Popp attaches the porcelain veneers to your teeth on your next appointment. The veneers are glued to each individual tooth using composite resin cement, which will ensure they attach properly.


If you have any chipped, misaligned or discoloured teeth, contact Dr. Michael Popp at the Marlborough Dental Centre in NE Calgary today on (403) 248-2066.

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