Dental Veneers

Perth Cosmetic Dentists

DENTAL VENEERS

When you have a damaged or decaying tooth, delaying treatment isn’t the best physical or financial decision. The longer you leave it, the bigger the problem can get.

My Implant Dentist can help you choose the best solution to fixing your teeth. Our dental veneers (along with crowns and bridges) are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth.

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Step-by-Step Process - Dental Veneers

FIRST APPOINTMENT

My Implant Dentist will create your new smile. A temporary set of veneers will be shaped and fitted for you to wear for just under a week. This allows you to test drive your new, improved smile and make sure you’re 100% happy.

SECOND APPOINTMENT

After wearing your temporary smile, you’ll return to provide feedback on the look and fit of your temporary veneers. Based on your feedback, a master ceramist may make a new mould before creating your final veneers.

THIRD APPOINTMENT

My Implant Dentist will fit your permanent veneers. At this time, your temporary veneers will be removed, and you’ll receive your new smile.

FOURTH APPOINTMENT

One week after we fit your final veneers, you’ll need to return for a final re-contouring appointment. My Implant Dentist will apply the finishing touches to your new, permanent smile.

12 MONTH FOLLOW-UP

If treated properly, your Veneers should look and feel great for up to 15 years after they’ve been placed. Like most patients, you’ll forget you have them after a month or so because your facial muscles will adapt to the new teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are designed to restore or enhance the appearance of your front teeth. They are an ideal solution if your teeth have been worn down or chipped, or if you have slightly crooked or stained teeth, porcelain veneers will make your teeth look like new. First, we remove a small amount from the front and edge of your tooth to make room for your veneer. Then, an impression is taken and sent off to have your veneers created. The veneers are then fitted and permanently bonded.

Common reasons people choose veneers:

  • You have a tooth/teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Your teeth are an irregular shape or angle
  • Your teeth have not responded to traditional teeth whitening treatments
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DENTAL VENEER FAQs

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite (tooth coloured filling material) that is bonded to your front teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. Front teeth that are discoloured, chipped or out of alignment can be treated with veneers to create that smile you have always pictured.

 

Veneers can correct imperfections in your front teeth such as gaps, broken or chipped edges, stained fillings, worn down edges, slight misalignments or discolourations. Veneers can even change the shape or colour of your front teeth to give you a beautiful smile.

Dental veneers can be made of porcelain or composite (a tooth coloured filling material). Composite veneers can be placed on your front teeth in a single appointment, while a porcelain veneer requires two appointments. One appointment is for the impression and slight tooth reduction to make room for the veneer and the second appointment is to attach your new veneers.

Composite veneers are usually less expensive than porcelain veneers but do not last as long and do not look quite as nice as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers tend to absorb stains more than porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are the prime choice to enhance your smile. The properties of porcelain allow for a truly life-like appearance once placed. They also add strength to the tooth during the bonding process. However, they do require the removal of a small amount of your tooth for placement.

Porcelain veneers are extremely strong for how thin they are and are stronger than composite veneers. The porcelain material will not stain and will maintain their shine for the life of the veneer. The durability of the veneers depends on how well they are treated. If you are a grinder or use your front teeth as tools, like tearing open bags, biting fishing line or if you bite your fingernails, then the veneers will not last as long.

Typically, porcelain veneers last about 15 years where composite veneers last around 5 years. Porcelain veneers fail when they are broken, usually due to misuse or severe grinding, or when the cement that holds them in place starts to stain. If you are a heavy coffee or tea drinker, then the cement that holds porcelain veneers in place will begin to discolour, leaving a visible line where the veneer meets the tooth. Unfortunately, the only correction is to have the veneers replaced, although some success in reducing the discolouration can occur with a home teeth whitening application.

Composite veneers can break much easier than porcelain veneers, although the most common failure is discolouration. Discolouration of composite veneers occurs as the entire surface of the veneer is exposed to staining foods, and the material itself absorbs components of the food and drink.

Veneers do not actually straighten your teeth, but they give your teeth the appearance of being straight. If you have misaligned teeth that are also discoloured or chipped, then veneers can be a great solution. However, veneers need to be replaced periodically, so if your teeth have no other affliction, other than being misaligned, then orthodontics is most likely a better choice.

The first appointment involves removing a small amount of the tooth surface and edge to make room for the veneer. Next, an impression is taken and sent to the dental lab for veneer fabrication. A temporary veneer is placed while the lab makes the veneer.

Then, two weeks or so later, the temporary veneers are removed, and the permanent veneers are fitted and bonded in place. This appointment usually requires anaesthesia as the final polish and removal of excess bonding material is slightly under the gum line and can be sensitive.

Getting composite veneers is a single appointment procedure. At that appointment, anaesthesia may or may not be used depending on what corrections to the teeth are desired. Then, a small amount of tooth is removed to make room for the placement of composite. The tooth is treated with agents to accept the composite and the selected shade of composite is placed on the tooth, shaped and polished. Often, there are several layers of composite used to give the desired appearance.

Cost varies due to the complexity of the desired result and the type of veneer selected. There are usually 6-8 teeth involved during a smile makeover, or more if the lower teeth are involved.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

FOR ENQUIRIES OR TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT:

Our friendly and dedicated team are waiting to assist you with any price enquiry you might have, so please feel free to drop us a line. 

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