SMILE for the camera!
Do these words fill you with dread? Do you love a night out but hate seeing the photos you have been tagged in the following day? Well, if this is all down to the state of your teeth, you may find the answer with porcelain veneers.
If you have teeth that are rotting away, stained and just generally unsightly it can be an awful knock on your self-confidence. Our veneers can give you back the confidence you thought had been lost forever. Those yellowed, rotting teeth can look sparkling white once more!
Regain your smile. Regain your confidence. Regain your life.
What are porcelain veneers?
In a nutshell, Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or colour.
Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor colour, shape, and contours. It is a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials.
With veneers—as opposed to crowns—your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer.
What’s the procedure?
If you chose to get this done you will want to know what you will experience.
Porcelain laminate veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers which replace original tooth enamel, and an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimetre. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.
The bond between the original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical as it not only provides the esthetic perfection desired, but also a strong bond which is essential for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light.
Some patients are looking for an alternative to traditional dental veneers or tooth bonding, but be aware that this treatment option is not appropriate for everyone.
Just as with porcelain veneers, “no-prep” or minimal preparation veneers— so called because they typically don’t require the dentist to remove as much tooth material—are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Often, the placement of no-prep veneers can be done more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional veneers.
If this is something you are interested in, get in touch and we can discuss the minimal preparation option.
Due to a portion of the original tooth enamel being reduced, a veneer is not considered a reversible treatment. Although adjustments and even new veneers can be made, you can never reliably return to the original condition of the tooth.
Creating porcelain veneers requires some laboratory time, so expect at least a week before they’re ready to be applied.
After the porcelain veneers are attached you will probably have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel. This typically disappears within a few days. In a healthy mouth properly treated with porcelain veneers—and where destructive forces are minimized or eliminated—a patient should be able to use porcelain veneers like his or her own teeth.
Although they’re very strong, veneers are brittle. You should avoid the same excessive stresses you would avoid with non-veneered teeth: don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice, or open beer bottles with your veneers.
Believe it or not, people do it and then wonder why their teeth, or their veneer, are in bad condition.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested.
One week after your veneers are placed, you will be required to return to the office for a follow-up visit and evaluation so the dentist can see how your mouth is reacting to the veneers. Even if you feel the veneers are a success, this appointment is vital to your future oral health.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you may be fit you with a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.
You should ensure to return to your dentist for regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and because your dentist needs to inspect your dentistry for any sign of potential failure.
How much do they cost?
Porcelain veneers average at $1500 per tooth at high dental, Armadale Victoria. However, with proper care, they may last 15 years or significantly longer than that. If veneers are required for several teeth, financing options with Denticare are available to help you make your dream smile a reality.
In addition to veneers, in chair tooth whitening is available at High Dental. We will discuss the ideal colour of your teeth before fabricating the veneers.
If you are interested in getting yourself some porcelain veneers and your confidence back, it’s time to get in touch.
This is where you can get your smile, your confidence and your enjoyment of life back again. Can you really afford to wait any longer to enjoy yourself again?