Porcelain Veneers (The What, Why, and How)

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Porcelain Veneers (The What, Why, and How)

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are ceramic restorations used to improve natural teeth’ size, shape, color, and strength. Essentially, they are facings made in a dental laboratory using high-strength materials such as feldspar and lithium disilicate. These materials are custom designed and layered by professional ceramic artists to mimic the color features of natural teeth, allowing them to blend in perfectly with your smile.

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Why Should I Get Them?

Porcelain veneers may be beneficial to help you improve the smile, bite, and strength of your teeth. These restorations are minimally invasive, meaning a minimal tooth structure needs alteration in preparation for veneers. Sometimes, Drs. Mastropole and Hawryluk can place veneers in a “no-preparation” manner. This concept aligns itself perfectly with the goals of contemporary, conservative dentistry. If you are currently unhappy with your smile, suffer from thinning or chipped front teeth, or have had extensive dental work on your front teeth, this option may be perfect for you.


How Are They Done?

Proper planning and execution are essential to the success of porcelain veneers. The first step in getting your new porcelain veneers is to book a consultation with your dentist. At this consultation, Dr. Mastropole may want to take photographs, models, and scans of your teeth for diagnostic purposes. After this, St. Lawrence Dentistry will develop a treatment plan specific to your needs and mouth. Sometimes, we may arrange for you to meet with a ceramic artist to optimize and align your goals with what is possible to accomplish with this treatment. Sometimes, a ceramic artist will take a custom color map of your teeth, which will allow them to make your beautiful veneers. After this, your doctor will prepare your teeth to the exact specifications needed to place your future porcelain veneers. In this way, we start with the end goal in mind. After preparing the teeth, temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth until your ceramic veneers are ready.


Dr. Mastroopole and the ceramic artist will try the veneers and get your feedback. Then, the ceramic artist may add custom surface stains, glazes, and textures to your veneers to optimize your beautiful result. Once everyone is happy with the result, your doctor will carefully bond these veneers to your teeth, ensuring a durable and long-lasting restoration.

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Dr. Allan Hawryluk

Allan Hawryluk Jr. is a Mississauga-based dentist who has built a reputation for comprehensive dental care. Born and raised in Port Credit, he returned after completing his dental residency in 2003 at the University of Colorado, Denver Health Sciences Center. He feels privileged to serve the community and is committed to maintaining our clinic standards set by his late father - Dr. Allan R. Hawryluk (Sr).