What Kind of Problems Do Veneers Solve?

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers, also known as tooth veneers or dental veneers, are a modern aesthetic treatment to fix problems such as chipped tooth, wear and tear and severe discoloration of teeth.

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made to match your teeth shape and color by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Porcelain dental veneers can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

Veneers are a very durable option to improve the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth

Tooth veneers have improved dramatically over the years. Newer tooth veneer systems use porcelain materials that are very similar to tooth enamel. This means that they do not stand out as foreign objects and blend in with the rest of the smile perfectly. Modern tooth veneer systems also do not require teeth to be cut extensively for their placement. Tooth enamel is very precious and needs to be preserved as much as possible and modern systems allow us to achieve this goal.

At Glenhuntly Dental Clinic with careful case selection, we provide the veneers with no or minimal cutting of the tooth enamel.

Why? Because your tooth enamel is what gives your teeth strength and rigidity, once cut, your tooth can become weaker.


What does getting Porcelain Veneers involve?

The process of getting porcelain veneers usually takes around 3 weeks, depending on how long the veneers take to get made and the time between your appointments.

You will need 3 appointments - one for a consultation, one for the veneers to be measured and made and a final appointment to apply the veneers.

To know how the new veneers will work on your teeth a “mockup” is performed first. This is to give both you and the dentist the necessary information about your teeth, lips and face, and how the new veneers will look and function. Once the mock-up is approved, a record of the mockup is taken to make sure it can be replicated.

Teeth are then prepared for impressions so that porcelain veneers can be made. All the sharp edges and bulging sections of the tooth are polished back. As we are not removing the enamel, no injections are needed unless there is an old filling that needs to be removed.

The veneers are designed by computer technology using the blueprint of the performed mock-up. They are then fabricated, polished and perfected. This process takes a few days for large cases or can be done while you wait in a single tooth case.

The veneers are tried in, observed and adjusted if needed. The colour can be modified using a variety of shades of cement (glue) to make sure it blends in with the rest of the teeth seamlessly.

It is only when both you and the dentist are happy with the results and you have given the final OK that the veneers are placed permanently.

We pride ourselves in the naturally beautiful results that we create. Often other dental professionals won’t be able to tell from our pictures which tooth has the veneer. Results though dramatic, are so subtle that patients’ close friends even are often unable to pick what is changed.

Care for veneers

Our dentist will advise you of any special care requirements for your new restorations, as well as any follow-up appointments that may be necessary to check your progress.

Keeping up a good dental hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing, combined with a scale and clean with your dental hygienist is very important. While the porcelain that makes up your veneers cannot decay, the underlying teeth still can, and the teeth are vulnerable wherever they are exposed (at the back and sometimes the sides) and also where they connect with the veneers themselves. One of the benefits of dental veneers is they can protect the underlying teeth against decay. Providing you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and use fluoride mouthwash regularly, dental veneers have been shown to resist decay.


Regular Checkups

There are numerous cosmetic dental options that give you a beautiful and white smile but it is not always easy to know which one is right for you. Contact us to arrange a time to come in and discuss your options and the associated costs with one of our friendly team.

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