Dental veneers are restorations added to the front surface of the tooth in order to correct discolouration, minor misalignment, chips or cracks.
There are two types of veneers – porcelain and composite resin.
Porcelain veneers look a little like fake fingernails and are designed to be bonded to the front of the tooth. Each veneer is custom-made to a particular tooth and they look and feel very natural. The porcelain material has a translucent quality which gives porcelain veneers a sense of layered depth and shine.
Composite resin veneers are applied one layer at a time to slowly cover the existing tooth. Each layer is shaped and cured by your dentist until the final result is achieved. You can achieve amazing results in just one visit.
Both types of veneers can be colour-matched to blend in with your natural teeth.
Veneers are a common cosmetic solution for:
- Gaps between teeth
- Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
- Badly stained or coloured teeth
- Crooked or irregularly shaped teeth
- Obvious, aesthetically-displeasing fillings
The dentist prepares the tooth, which may require some buffing of the enamel surface, to allow for the thickness of the veneer to sit flush on the tooth’s surface. Occasionally, a local anaesthetic is used during this part of the process.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit the tooth and these are placed in position to check shape and colour. After ensuring everything is correct, the tooth is cleaned with chemicals and the veneer is cemented into place.
Composite resin veneers are sculpted onto the tooth by your dentist and cured with light to harden each layer. When the final shape and colour is achieved, the surface is polished to give the veneer a natural look.
Most people are suitable candidates for dental veneers but it must be remembered that it’s a cosmetic process, not an orthodontic solution. Veneers will not correct badly misaligned teeth, overbites or underbites.
Veneers also need healthy teeth on which to attach. Any decay or gum disease must be treated prior to the attachment of veneers.
If you suffer from teeth grinding, called bruxism, then veneers are not a suitable option. Persistent teeth grinding can cause veneers to chip, break or even detach completely from the tooth.
If you are looking for veneers in Mount Druitt, you can check your suitability and discuss treatment options at an appointment with your dentist.
After Your Veneers Are Applied
It can take a little time to get used to the new shape and size of your teeth. However, you will soon adjust to your new veneers and your teeth will feel completely natural. Simply brush and floss your teeth as normal. Two weeks after the veneers are fitted, another appointment with the dentist is highly recommended.
Having A Realistic Expectation
While veneers are a dramatic improvement to a number of dental problems, it’s important to remember that they are not natural teeth. Small imperfections, discolourations and variations can happen to all veneers over time, but this is not something to obsess about. In fact, it’s these small faults that can make your veneers look even more natural and give you a life-like smile.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Each veneer treatment is different based on the number of teeth being treated and the materials used. It’s important to select treatments which will provide a natural looking smile and veneers which match your existing teeth structure. We invite you for a consultation with our highly experienced cosmetic dentists.