Dental veneers are restorations designed to improve aesthetic needs such as; chipped, discolored, misshaped, malformed or uneven teeth.
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What are dental veneers made of?
Generally veneers are made of either composite resin or porcelain.
What are the best dental veneers?
Prior to any cosmetic dental procedure it is essential to book in for a consultation to assess the best possible options available for you. Both composite and porcelain veneers employ different preparation techniques which can benefit your smile in alternative ways. Often porcelain veneers are advised for a more long term and natural aesthetic look.
What are composite dental veneers?
Veneers made of composite resin are directly applied and bonded to the tooth by the dental practitioner. The resin material is contoured and shaped across the entire front surface of an affected tooth before it is adhered by a strong bonding agent. Composite veneers can be adjusted in thickness via polishing.
Bonding or composite veneers are a different type of cosmetic procedure that correct the appearance of chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth, but without the multiple steps required of porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers are a quick and affordable alternative, when only one or two teeth have an aesthetic flaw that need to be addressed. They’re a relatively affordable procedure and can last for several years.
This single appointment treatment is custom matched and shaped over the tooth, then bonded using a bright light. In less than an hour, your tooth can be completely reshaped. Composite resin is the same material used in tooth coloured fillings. After applied, we buff and polish the material so that it blends right in with your tooth.
Composite Veneers Before & After
What are porcelain dental veneers?
Porcelain veneers unlike composite veneers are fabricated within a laboratory. After treatment planning appointments with your dental practitioner, molds of the teeth are taken along with careful selection of size, shape and shade before sending off to have each veneer designed through a dental technician. Once ready, your dentist will bond and cement each veneer to the corresponding tooth.
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Choosing between composite and porcelain veneers
It’s always important to identify which type will suit you best so let us help make your decision easier. Composite veneers tend to be more affordable and can be fabricated faster than their porcelain counterparts. Fitting in composite veneers is a single-day operation that ensures minimal alterations are done to your natural teeth- so if you want the material to be removed and replaced at a moment’s notice, you can do so easily! Porcelain tends to be a far stronger material so they surpass composite veneers in terms of durability! They can last for up to 10-15 years if maintained well and its strength makes it highly resistant to staining and chipping. We will conduct an oral health evaluation during your consultation and lay out which option may be best for you.
Exclusive to Waverley Park Dental Care, Genesis Porcelain Veneers are custom-fitted ‘shells’ that are applied and bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth in your smile zone and then shaped and coloured to best suit your natural smile. They are used to cosmetically correct teeth that are crooked or misshaped, or to cover up gaps, stains and chips in your teeth.
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More Frequently Asked Questions about Veneers
What is the difference between a tooth veneer and a crown?
In cosmetic dentistry both veneers and crowns can be considered as options to improve your smile. Veneers are restorations which partially cover each tooth while crowns cap the entire tooth. Different types of veneers and crowns require alternative tooth preparation techniques and in some instances your natural tooth surface may require manipulation in order for the restorations to adapt.
What do dental veneers look like?
Tooth shaped, thin, shell-like, restorations which cover the anterior surface of a tooth.
When is the best time to get dental veneers?
If you are someone who is concerned about your smiles aesthetics, veneers may be a good option for you. If you are suffering from oral conditions such as periodontal disease or dental caries, it may not be advised by your dental professional until after your conditions are stabilised.
How much do veneers cost?
As per any dental treatment, the cost of getting your veneers fitted tends to vary from patient to patient so we won’t be able to give you a direct quote without understanding how complex the procedure would be. Costs usually tend to differ when you take into account the possible X-rays needed, the process of bonding and your choice in material. Schedule a consultation with us today so we can assess your needs and give you a costing!
Can dental veneers be removed or replaced?
Yes, a dental practitioner can use rotary instruments to remove and replace a dental veneer. Depending on the type of veneer, sometimes the veneer may need to be sent to a dental laboratory and therefore you may require more than one appointment.
Can dental veneers stain?
Composite resin veneers are subject to staining, especially if you are someone who smokes, drinks coffee/tea/red wine and other pigmented foods/drinks regularly. Porcelain veneers are therefore considered a more appropriate approach if you are someone who engages in such lifestyle habits.
Can dental veneers be whitened?
Only a tooths’ natural surface has the potential to uptake whitening gel (hydrogen peroxide) therefore, dental veneers cannot be whitened.
Are dental veneers permanent?
Similar to any other dental restorations, veneers can be subjected to wear and fracture. Composite resin veneers which may stain overtime can require replacing. Maintenance and longevity can sometimes depend on any oral parafunctional habits or poor oral hygiene.
Are dental veneers painful?
If your teeth require prior preparation it is likely you will be administered dental anesthesia, therefore dental veneers are not a painful procedure. It is also very rare to feel pain after the procedure, in some instances pain associated with dental veneers are related to poor tooth brushing and flossing around the gingiva surrounding the dental veneers, causing gingivitis.
What is the after-care process?
Maintaining your dental health after a procedure is extremely important. Any special after-care requirements and follow-up appointments will be given to you by your practitioner. In terms of general oral health, you can make sure you stick to that usual routine of brushing and flossing because, while your veneers can’t decay, your underlying teeth can! Avoid grinding your teeth or biting down hard on things- in fact, when you chew, try and shift your food to your back teeth and avoid using your veneered teeth.