Veneers can reshape, restore and update your existing smile.
There is no need to feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your smile. Veneers offer a strong and permanent solution for gaps, chips, discoloured and oddly shaped teeth.
What are veneers?
Veneers are individually crafted shells that are permanently placed over the visible surface of each tooth in a similar way to false fingernails. This means that if there are any visible problems on the original teeth, they will be covered up by the veneer, enhancing the appearance of the whole smile. Due to their minimally invasive cover up nature, veneers can be used to treat a wide range of dental problems including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Oddly shaped or crooked teeth
- Broken, cracked or chipped teeth
- Stained teeth or fillings
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are veneers created from thin shells of porcelain. Porcelain shells are a closely matched material to that of natural teeth. They are strong, stain resistant and are created to be slightly translucent, mimicking the characteristics of natural teeth. Porcelain is usually the preferred option when undergoing veneers treatment.
What are composite veneers?
Composite veneers are created from a material called composite resin. This is a tooth-coloured material often used to create fillings. Composite veneers are a more affordable option and are able to be repaired by your dentist if they become cracked or chipped. However, they are not as strong as porcelain veneers and are more prone to staining.
Do veneers damage your teeth?
To receive veneers, patients must fulfil certain eligibility criteria. This is to ensure that the patient’s teeth are not damaged by the process of receiving veneers.
To be an eligible candidate, patients must already have healthy teeth and gums. If patients have conditions such as gum disease, decay or an infection in their root canal, they will be required to have these treated before undergoing veneer treatment. Other problems such as grinding teeth will also affect eligibility. These requirements mean that only qualified and trusted dentists should perform veneers treatment and assessments.
The process of veneer treatment requires that a small portion of each tooth surface is removed to accommodate for the incoming shell. This prevents any bulky, uneven finishes. However, it also means that veneers must remain a permanent fixture, as the removal will leave the underlying tooth unprotected and susceptible to damage. It is important that each patient has a thorough understanding of this process before receiving treatment.
Are veneers the right choice for me?
Each patient has a different need and expectation from their treatment. Veneers are only appropriate for those patients who fulfil the eligible criteria. In order to know if this is you, you will need to come in for a consultation and assessment with one of the dentists at The Dental Studio. We will be able to treat any underlying issues and give you a thorough understanding of veneers as a treatment option.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us or call us on (08) 7625 2917