Whiter, straighter, stronger with veneers

July 1, 2017

If you want to change how your smile looks, dental veneers can whiten your teeth and cover up small
irregularities. They can also provide some protection against damage.
Read more about veneers to find out how they work, their pros and cons and whether they might be the
right choice for you.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin coverings that are custom-made by your dentist to fit over the front of your teeth. They
can be made from either porcelain or composite resin.
Porcelain veneers are manufactured at a dental lab from tooth-coloured porcelain. Your dentist then
bonds them to your teeth using a resin cement.
Composite veneers are built up directly over your teeth and hardened using a special light.
Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that are primarily used to modify the appearance of teeth.
However, porcelain veneers can also provide some additional strength to protect weakened teeth against
damage.
What problems can veneers help with?
Veneers can be used to modify the colour, shape, size, length or alignment of your teeth. Your dentist
may suggest veneers as an option if your teeth:

  • are stained or discoloured
  • are chipped or damaged
  • have been worn down
  • have an irregular shape
  • are slightly crooked or misaligned
  • have small gaps.

If any of these problems are caused by an underlying oral health or general health issue, your dentist will
recommend treating this as a priority. Veneers are intended as a cosmetic treatment only.
Pros and cons of veneers
Depending on what you’re looking for, veneers can have a number of advantages and disadvantages
compared to other dental treatments that achieve similar outcomes.
Advantages
Appearance: Veneers are designed to look as close to natural teeth as possible, especially porcelain
veneers that reflect light in a similar way to tooth enamel.
Durability: Porcelain veneers are more durable and resistant to chips and stains than composite
veneers.

Longevity: Veneers are a longer-lasting alternative to teeth whitening treatments. They can last for 7 to
15 years, or even longer with good care.
Minimally invasive: Compared to crowns, your teeth won’t require as much preparation for porcelain
veneers. Composite veneers need even less.
Disadvantages
Cost: Veneers are usually more expensive than treatments such as teeth whitening or teeth bonding.
Porcelain veneers can cost around twice as much as composite veneers, but they can also last twice as
long.
Not repairable: Composite veneers may be repaired if they become damaged, but porcelain veneers will
need to be custom-made again.
Not reversible: Your teeth need to be permanently altered before porcelain veneers can be fitted. This
isn’t always required for composite veneers.
Teeth sensitivity: Your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold food and drink when enamel is
removed.

What is the process of placing veneers?

The veneers procedure varies depending on whether you’re having porcelain or composite veneers fitted.
Porcelain veneers procedure
Porcelain veneers usually require two or three visits to your dentist. If you decide you want veneers
during your consultation, your dentist will explain what the procedure involves and examine your mouth to
plan your tailored treatment. This will usually involve the use of x-rays.
They will then prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing the top layer of enamel, using local
anaesthetic to numb the area. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which is sent off to a
dental laboratory where your custom veneers will be made.
Between two and four weeks later, your veneers should arrive and be ready to place. Your dentist will
make any final adjustments to the porcelain and roughen the surface of your teeth to make it easier for
the bonding agent to stick. This cement is then applied and cured using a high-intensity light, fixing your
veneers in place.

Composite veneers procedure

The process for composite veneers is much simpler and takes less time, as your veneers are made in the
dental clinic. It can sometimes be completed in a single appointment.
After examining your mouth and preparing the surface of your teeth, your dentist will apply composite
resin directly to your teeth surfaces and sculpt your veneers. The composite is cured using a high-
intensity light and the veneers are polished to look as close to natural teeth as possible.

Can anyone get veneers?

Your dentist will tell you if you’re a good candidate for this treatment when you have your consultation, or
they may recommend other treatments such as teeth whitening, crowns or dental bonding.
You might not be suitable for veneers if:

  • you have an untreated oral health problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease
  • your teeth have been weakened by decay, trauma or previous dental work
  • your teeth are worn or don’t have enough enamel
  • you bite your nails
  • you grind or clench your teeth (bruxism).

Make an appointment for veneers in Melbourne

At All Day EveryDay Dental, our cosmetic dentists are fully qualified to provide veneers and other
treatments to help you get the results you want.
Contact our Melbourne dental clinics in Brunswick and Kew by calling (03) 9853 1811 or make an
appointment online.

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