What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells permanently bonded
to the surfaces of teeth to improve the overall aesthetics of a person’s smile.
Veneers can be created with Composite resin or high-strength porcelain. It can
be an excellent procedure if you have chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.
Dental veneers are gaining much popularity due to their ability to repair,
protect and enhance the overall look of your smile.
PORCELAIN VENEERS CAN BE IMPLEMENTED TO CORRECT THE FOLLOWING:
- Spaces between teeth
- Slightly disproportionate teeth
- Worn/Broken down teeth
- Cracked/ Chipped teeth
- Teeth that appear too small or large
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Discoloured teeth
Porcelain or Composite Resin?
Porcelain veneers are made of ultra-thin ceramic porcelain that is
permanently bonded to your natural tooth enamel. They are extremely resilient
and resistant to discoloring and chipping. Porcelain veneers are uniquely hand
crafted by our Dental Prosthetist in a laboratory and crafted to you’re your
preferences, whilst also enhancing your personal unique features and
characteristics. Porcelain veneers are a more expensive veneer, however can be
created to closely resemble natural looking teeth, are highly durable and
require less maintenance, making them more cost effective in the long run.
Composite resin veneers can be attached to the front of the tooth to alter the shape. These veneers are commonly referred to as “plastic, and are more so useful in repairing small chips and gaps between teeth. The material used is that of a composite filling. The benefit of these however, is that the procedure is cheaper and they can be made and fitted during one visit to your dentist. A disadvantage of composite veneers is they are not as durable and strong as a Porcelain veneer, being slightly porous, they must be maintained more consistently and are rarely permanent.
What does the procedure involve?
Appointment 1: Initial Consultation
This is an examination and extensive discussion with the Cosmetic Dentist & Dental Prosthetist.
During this appointment, we will listen to you and your problems regarding your smile. We will examine your teeth, your smile, and keeping in mind your desired outcomes, we will discuss all possible options for you, and make recommendations.
We allow sufficient time to ensure all your questions and concerns are addressed. We may take photographs and moulds of your teeth as well, which will help us prepare for the next appointment (please note that these records remain strictly confidential).
You leave the clinic with a quote for the treatment plan, as well as further written information on the procedure itself, to help you better understand the treatment and discuss your decision with your friends and family.
Appointment 2: Second Consultation (Optional)
This appointment is optional for you to further discuss with the dentist and the prosthetist any questions or concerns that may have arisen following the initial consultation.
At this stage, we have designed a Digital Smile Design so you can visualise what the final procedure will look like. This allows you be more confident in the procedure and make changes at the design stage.
If you are considering a payment plan option for the cost of the treatment, this appointment allows us to discuss the details of these plans.
We understand that consultation appointments can be overwhelming with information. We therefore encourage and welcome family and/or friends to attend these consultation appointments with you, at your preference.
Appointment 3: Preparation of teeth
Prior to commencing your treatment, the dentist and the technician will have a discussion with you in front of a mirror regarding the shape and shade of your teeth. This is an important decision! We always have the technician (who is responsible for making the porcelain veneers) present in the clinic with you and the dentist to make sure that there is good communication and understanding of the final outcome.
The outer surface of your teeth (the enamel) is then prepared to make room for the porcelain veneers and to allow them to sit flush on your natural teeth.
Once the teeth are prepared, moulds (impressions) are taken and sent to the laboratory to make the porcelain veneers.
Your prepared teeth are then covered with TEMPORARY veneers. These veneers will look exactly like teeth, however they will not have the strength of your natural teeth or the porcelain veneers. The purpose of these veneers is to temporarily cover and protect your teeth whilst the porcelain veneers are being created. Given their TEMPORARY nature, it is important to avoid consuming hard foods and staining foods and drinks. If these temporary veneers do break or dislodge before the porcelain veneers are made, we will replace them immediately!
Appointment 4: Cementing the Veneers
Once the porcelain veneers are prepared in the laboratory, they are sent back to us in the clinic. At this appointment, we remove your temporary set of veneers and TRY IN your porcelain veneers. This means that your porcelain veneers are temporary placed on your teeth so that you and dentist can see the result.
Both the dentist and the technician take pride in their work, and want to make sure that you are completely happy with your smile. For this reason, the technician is also present at this appointment. If you would like to make any changes, it is easy to communicate with the dentist and the technician by your side. If any changes are needed, they can be made by adjusting the veneers on the spot, or by sending them back to the laboratory to be modified.
If you are 100% happy with your new smile, the porcelain veneers are cemented on your teeth!
Appointment 5: Review
When our lips and teeth are numb, it is difficult to appreciate the new smile.
We ask that you return for a review appointment to make sure that everything is still 100% to your satisfaction.
This appointment allows the dentist to examine the veneers when your teeth are NOT numb. If any other minor changes need to be made, the veneers can be modified then as well.
Finally, if authorised by you, we can take a wonderful photo of your new smile!
How do I care for my veneers?
Maintaining adequate dental hygiene is important once you have veneers. Regular brushing and flossing, along with consistent six monthly scale and cleans with the dentist will help ensure the longevity of your veneers.
What is the pricing for Veneers?
Pricing of any dental treatment varies on the complexity of the case, and what combined treatments have to be performed. In the case of cosmetic dentistry or Porcelain veneers, you do get what you pay for. Outstanding cosmetic work involves talent, artistry and experience of the cosmetic dentist, Dental prosthetist and team. Thus cost will vary from clinic to clinic.
D’Vine Smiles offers FREE consultations, where the patient can sit down with the dentist and discuss treatment options prices and payment options. Our payment plans for Veneers start at $70 a week, over a 15 month payment plan.
To know more about dental veneers or to book an appointment for a FREE consultation with our Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Prosthetist, give us a call on 9434 0450 or fill in the contact enquiry form below.