Veneers are a highly favoured cosmetic dental treatment that help create a perfect yet natural-looking smile. Veneers can correct tooth imperfections like tooth discoloration, gaps and spacing, chips, and worn-down teeth. One of the most amazing factors that people love about veneers is that they are a permanent cosmetic option that create a complete smile makeover. Additionally, porcelain is a a durable material that does not stain easily.
Veneers are created by using a thin shell of porcelain, ceramic, or composite to cover the anterior face of a tooth. They can be designed to adjust the shape and shade of a natural tooth to transform a glowing smile.
Who is A Candidate For Veneers?
To be a candidate for veneers, a patient should have good oral hygiene and personal habits in order to avoid long-term tooth decay and gum problems. It’s also ideal if you want your teeth to be in the proper position so that veneers offer an optimal result. Whilst many people opt for a complete smile makeover, many people also choose veneers to make conservative or minor changes to their teeth.
These may include:
- Slight crowding
- Uneven sized teeth
- Intrinsic tooth discoloration
- Gaps and spacing
- Chips or fractures
- Worn-down teeth
So, what are the main types of veneers?
Porcelain veneers generally last around 10-15 years, and they are the strongest of all veneer materials available on the market. They will blend in with your adjacent natural teeth which consequently make them very discreet in their appearance whilst giving you the smile makeover you of your dreams.
For those who love an espresso or glass of red wine, you’ll also love porcelain veneers. Why? because they are stain-resistant to dark-colored food and beverages so there is a very small chance of developing stains. They are also biocompatible, so they won’t injure your gums or irritate your oral tissues either!
Composite veneers are a great, affordable option for someone who wants to make a cosmetic change to their front teeth. While they are less expensive than porcelain veneers, they do not last quite as long. Resin veneers typically last an average of 5 to 7 years, but if they fracture, they can be easily repaired.
Some patients tend to use them as a stepping stone to porcelain veneers and are more comfortable with this option as it can be considered less invasive procedure to begin with.
Composite veneers tend to chip or fracture more often so more care is certainly reccomemded. They can also stain dark-colored substances and absorb color more easily too. So coffee conousoirs or people who use tobacco products may want to consider porcelain veneers.
What to Expect: Veneers Process (Step-By-Step)
Firstly, your Coolangatta Dental Group dentist will take intraoral photographs, dental x-rays, and perform a complete examination to determine you are a proper candidate for veneers. Tooth preparation includes a small amount of tooth enamel removed to make room for your veneer. Your dentist will administer local anesthetic to get you numb, so you are comfortable during the procedure. An impression or intraoral scanner is then used to create a mold of your teeth.
Along with your dentist, you will use a shade guide to look at your adjacent teeth to choose natural color for your veneer(s).
The impression and shade are then sent to a laboratory to create a custom porcelain veneer that fits specifically to your teeth.
At your next Coolangatta Dental Group visit, your dentist will fit and adjust your veneers until they are properly placed and your bite will be checked. Once adjusted, the veneer is permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth and excess cement is cleaned off.
There are many benefits of undergoing veneer treatment. They correct gaps and spacing, improve irregular shaped or sized teeth, offer a whiter smile for those with tooth discoloration, correct uneven gum line
and lengthen worn down teeth. They also can repair teeth that are chipped or fractured all while giving an aesthetic appearance to crowded teeth. There’s a million and one reasons why you should invest in your smile, after all, there’s no price tag for feeling your very best.
If you are looking to make a significant change to your smile and improve your confidence, there is no better cosmetic procedure than veneers. Contact your nearest Coolangatta Dental Group clinic today or book an appointment online.