Veneers are an effective restorative treatment option for healthy teeth. The material is bonded to the front of the tooth and is a viable solution to chipped, discoloured, or misshapen teeth.
Dental veneers are made from thin, tooth-coloured shells that adhere to the natural teeth to give a more classically shaped look and create an even, symmetrical smile. They are considered a cosmetic dentistry procedure and imitate the look of natural teeth while improving the shape, colour and size of the existing teeth. Aside from the conditions mentioned above, dental veneers can also conceal greyness or other discolourations on your natural teeth such as old tooth fillings that appear more obvious than you'd like.
Dental veneers are a trendy and versatile cosmetic dental option that is generally sturdy and can last between 10 and 15 years with proper care. Depending on the type of wear or damage they incur, dental veneers may need cosmetic repair or full replacement during their lifespan.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are typically two different types of dental veneers used in Australia:
Composite Resin Veneers
Often called bonded or direct veneers, composite veneers are made from a filling material called composite resin, which is also used in filling back teeth. Composite veneers are made on the premises by the dentist and applied immediately to the teeth. This has long been used in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures over the last few decades because of its extreme durability and aesthetic appeal.
Porcelain veneers are hand-crafted to match your teeth and give you a perfectly natural look. It is a high-quality ceramic that reflects light in much the same way your natural teeth do, giving them a flawless and convincing aesthetic. Porcelain veneers have been a staple in restorative and cosmetic dentistry because of its unique ability to match the look of natural teeth. Porcelain is also quite durable and can last a long time.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Generally, dental veneers don't require as much reshaping of your real teeth as crowns do. Another benefit of dental veneers is that they improve the teeth's appearance, giving the wearer a brighter and more even smile. Dental veneers are also more durable than your natural teeth and more stain-resistant. So, if you drink a lot of coffee, soft drinks or red wine you won't have to worry much about permanent stains or damage.
You're also less likely to develop cavities with veneers than natural enamel.
What is the Procedure?
Dental veneers can be done in a simple procedure and doesn't involve major surgery. On your first visit, you'll need a consultation with a dentist where you discuss your desired results and your treatment options. The dentist may take x-rays of your existing teeth. On the second visit, the dentist will trim about ½ millimetre of enamel off your tooth before making an impression to send to the lab. Anaesthetic is often used to reduce pain.
There is often a waiting period of 2 - 4 weeks for you to receive your new veneers from the dental lab. To prepare your tooth for the veneer, the dentist will clean, polish, and etch your tooth. Roughening the surface of your tooth by etching helps to strengthen the bonding.
The dentist will then apply special cement to the veneer before placing it on your tooth. Once it is in the correct position, your veneer will be photopolymerised. A particular light beam will be used to activate the chemicals in the cement, which causes the cement to harden instantly and finalise the bonding of the veneer to your tooth. The dentist will then make any adjustments if needed.
Caring for your Dental Veneers
To keep your dental veneers in tip-top shape you need proper daily oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing. This will prolong the life of your veneers and keep your mouth healthy. Also, try not to chew on hard objects. If you do chew on a hard object, it can cause your veneers to chip or become damaged. Also, it is best if you stay away from toothpastes that contains harsh abrasives as they also can cause damage to your veneers.
You need to keep your regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist if you have porcelain veneers. This way, your gums and teeth will remain healthy and your veneers can be repaired swiftly if needed.
For more information, contact GC Dental Solutions on 07 5573 1368 to request a consultation, or fill out our enquiry form. During your initial consult, our Helensvale dentists will discuss how we can help improve your smile with our wide range of cosmetic dental services.
We are centrally located on the Gold Coast and can design your smile using digital scanners and dental design software to show you the proposed outcome before any treatment commences.