Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental options available. As the name suggests, it essentially comprises an ultra-thin laminate of tooth-coloured material that is applied to the surface of front teeth.
Dental veneers offer a non-surgical, minimally invasive technique to make your smile look more bright, natural and healthy looking. If you are not completely satisfied with the appearance of your teeth and smile, dental veneers can deliver a fast and effective smile makeover with amazing results.
The primary purpose of applying dental veneers is to conceal whatever cosmetic dental flaws or imperfections you may have by covering the front surface of your teeth. Besides transforming your smile without the need for complex surgery, the laminate shells also protect and strengthen your underlying teeth from wear and tear.
The simple veneering treatment, which usually requires no more than 2 - 3 dental appointments, is highly versatile being able to correct a wide variety of dental aesthetic issues including bite problems, crooked teeth and worn out teeth.
Our cosmetic dentists may recommend dental veneers if you wish to enhance certain aesthetic aspects of your teeth and smile. While the procedure can be performed very quickly and easily, the results can look very natural and aesthetic, especially if administered by our highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentists.
However to be considered a good candidate for dental veneers, your teeth must generally be in good health. Any underlying dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease must be addressed prior to the cosmetic procedure. In order for the veneers to be properly anchored, you should also have sufficient enamel, which is critical for a successful outcome.
Here are some of the common aesthetic applications for dental veneers:
Dental veneers offer a versatile and effective method to quickly address a host of cosmetic dental issues, which can be especially useful when the alternative involves a lengthier or more patient-involved procedure. Here are two of the most common situations in which some patients may prefer dental veneers over other traditional methods of dealing with an aesthetic issue:
Teeth whitening may still be the way to go if you have mildly discoloured teeth that require professional bleaching to get rid of the yellowish stains. However, dental veneers may be more suitable if you need to correct more challenging discolourations; improve the shape or position of your teeth; cover a chip or crack; or tackle a host of similar problems with a single procedure. In cases where there are multiple aesthetic issues, it may be more worthwhile to apply the thin laminates as a total cosmetic solution.
The main function of orthodontic braces is to move the misaligned teeth to their desired position. While the teeth straightening exercise can deliver both aesthetic and functional results, they may be considered rather long and tedious, especially when compared to the procedure for dental veneers.
It can take months or even years for orthodontic braces to correct misalignment issues. If your primary concern with the misalignment lies with the aesthetics of your smile, dental veneers represent incredible time-savings and can be installed within 2-3 dental appointments.
There are several types of dental veneers for you to choose from. While they can differ in terms of material and application, they share in common similar thickness (about a millimeter) and appearance (tooth-like shell). Available in about 25 different shades, all the different types of veneers offer a protective layer for your underlying teeth that can help to reduce teeth sensitivity when they come into contact with hot and cold foods and beverages.
Here are some facts on the four types of dental veneers to help you make an informed decision:
The porcelain material is prized for its unique properties that combine beauty and strength. Its natural tooth-like appearance mimics the same shiny translucent quality of teeth enamel. Sculpted to the precise shape, size and look of your natural teeth, porcelain veneers help to deliver a brand new smile that looks both radiant and natural. Although one of the most expensive variants, the porcelain veneer tends to produce the most aesthetic results. The material is also more robust and stain resistant as compared to composite resins. The natural, strong and durable porcelain material also makes it suitable for people with chipped or cracked teeth as well as severe discolorations.
The advantage of Composite Resin Veneers is that they require a much shorter preparation time. The entire treatment process may be completed within a single dentist appointment. Composite veneers can be smoothened and polished to look like normal teeth but they are not as strong or durable as porcelain veneers. As compared to Porcelain Veneers, they are more prone to fracturing when the teeth are exposed to rigorous biting and chewing functions. However, they can be easily repaired and offer a more affordable solution to concealing minor aesthetic problems.
Usually constructed out of gold, this type of dental veneer is used on the palate side (inside) of a person's upper teeth. Palatel veneers are specifically indicated for the management and treatment of worn out tooth.
These are mass-produced, pre-made veneers that are usually fitted in a single appointment. Instant veneers are only recommended for those who require a quick aesthetic solution for a special occasion or function, but cannot wait afford another trip to the dentist.
Dental veneers may involve a straightforward and quick process, but the veneering process can be a highly intricate job that requires experienced and aesthetically trained dentists to achieve consistently great results.
At Sydney CBD Dental, the placement of veneers is usually spread over 2 - 3 dental visits. During the first dentist appointment, the cosmetic practitioner will review your records, after which carefully study your face and your teeth.
Next, we will discuss and plan the treatment for your new smile based on a systematic evaluative process, during which your cosmetic needs and wants will be assessed. At this juncture, the cosmetic dentist would then be able to ascertain what veneer to use and the size and shape of the prosthetic in question.
Following the initial consultation and treatment planning, your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth, take precise digital impressions of your tooth and determine the exact shade of the veneers, so as to colour match the veneers to your surrounding teeth.
During the teeth preparation stage, the dentist would need to remove a very thin layer of enamel from your tooth in order to allow for better bonding and accommodation of the incoming veneers. Finally, the permanent veneers are precisely placed over the enamel for a perfect fit.
The veneering process is both a science and an art. At Sydney CBD Dental, our team of cosmetic dentists delivers on both these aspects in a seamless and exacting way to ensure optimum comfort and quality restorative results. As an accredited practice, we also place a high premium on patient safety, hygiene and comfort.
For more information on the cosmetic dental solutions we provide – including Porcelain Dental Veneers – please contact Sydney CBD Dental at (02) 9232 3900.
We offer finance options for your convenience. We know that the costly nature of unexpected dental treatment can cause significant stress which is why we offer a variety of payment plans through Smile Choice and accept health funds.
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We understand that some patients avoid visiting the dentist for fear of pain or traumatic experiences in the past. At Sydney CBD we can alleviate your concerns by offering pain-relief and sedation options to help make your experience as comfortable as possible.