Discover more about veneers and why they are so popular!
If you’ve been searching for a way to achieve the perfect smile, you might have come across veneers. Veneers can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth and are useful if you have a crooked, discoloured, stained, or chipped grin.
Some of our patients may only need one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but many also choose to receive between 6-8 veneers to create an even and symmetrical smile. The top front eight teeth are the most likely to have veneers applied to them.
The specialists at Currambine Dental are experts in providing this kind of cosmetic dentistry and are dedicated to helping you reach a new level of confidence! This is just one of the outcomes that inspires us to deliver high-quality dental treatments and services.
Let’s delve into the most commonly asked questions about veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers made from porcelain are wafer-thin shells crafted from the finest medical-grade ceramic which are attached to the entire front of the tooth, closely resembling the appearance of a natural tooth.
Composite veneers are similar to porcelain veneers but are constructed using resin which is mainly used to fill holes in teeth. Composite is usually recommended as a more cost-effective solution compared to porcelain veneers.
How veneers are done?
The process always begins with an initial consultation where one of our friendly and knowledgeable dentists examine your teeth and discover what areas you would like to improve upon. We then move onto asking about your preferences in regard to the ideal size, shape, and colour you would like your veneers to be.
We then craft your veneers according to your dental needs, specifications and so they perfectly cover the front section of each tooth. If you are choosing to go with porcelain veneers, your dentist will grind down the selected teeth and then make an impression of them for the creation of a mold. We will then send the mold out to a lab for the porcelain veneer to be made.
Whilst you wait for the creation of your veneers, we may use temporary veneers until the permanent versions come back from the lab. Once the veneer is ready, your dentist can place it on your prepared tooth and cement it in place.
In regard to composite resin veneers, we firstly etch the surface of your tooth before applying a thin layer of the composite material to your prepared tooth. To achieve your desired look, additional layers of composite may be needed. The process is completed by curing the veneer with a special light.
Should I go for composite or porcelain veneers?
In order to determine which kind of veneer is best suited to you, you’ll want to consider a number of factors including the cost, longevity, installation process and appearance of the veneers, as well as your dentist’s recommendations.
It should be noted that porcelain veneers are more expensive compared to composite veneers and will require a few visits to the dentist to execute. Although, porcelain veneers tend to be stronger, last longer and are less likely to stain in comparison to composite veneers.
Whereas with composite veneers, less of your tooth needs to be removed to prepare for the veneer and can often be applied in just one trip to the dentist. These kinds of veneers are also less expensive and easier to fix.
When do veneers need to be replaced?
Porcelain veneers have an average lifespan of 10 years, but this time frame can change to 20 years if you properly care for your veneers. If your veneers get chipped or crack you will obviously have to go back earlier to get them replaced. Alternatively, composite veneers are said to last roughly 5 to 7 years as they are not as durable as porcelain veneers.
Book your consult today!
If you have more questions about getting veneers or receiving any of our other comprehensive dental services, feel free to organise a consultation where one of our cosmetic dentistry Perth based experts will answer all of your queries!
You can either book an appointment online through our website or give us a call at (08) 9304 0300.