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What are veneers?
Veneers are made out of either composite or porcelain. The veneer is permanently bonded to a tooth to change its shape, colour or positioning in the mouth. Veneers are often used for cosmetic purposes and can be far less invasive compared to crowns. Depending on which material you decide to use and how well you look after them, veneers can last a lifetime.
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers?
Porcelain veneers are made out of a thin layer of porcelain that is permanently bonded to a tooth to mask its shape, colour or positioning in the mouth. The veneers are individually made to fit comfortably which results in a natural looking smile. Porcelain has an uncanny resemblance to natural teeth and has a translucent quality that reacts to lighting the same way that enamel does. Porcelain is also a lot more hardwearing than composite as it does not easily stain from pigmented foods and drinks or smoking. Porcelain veneers will often last a lifetime when looked after properly and with regular dental check-ups. Porcelain veneers are sent off to a lab to be made which is why treatment often takes longer and is far more costly than composite veneers.
Composite veneers are made out of a resin that is directly applied to the teeth layer by layer. When the final shape and colour is achieved, the veneers are polished to give a finished look. Composite veneers are far cheaper than porcelain veneers however they do have a shorter lifespan. Composite veneers are also more prone to staining however the most significant benefit with composite veneers is that there is no need to shave down or change your natural teeth.
What can veneers fix?
- Staining that cannot be treated through whitening.
- Repair chipped and cracked teeth.
- Close gaps between teeth
- Change the shape or length of teeth
We start with a consultation with Dr Chhoker to discuss what it is you are looking to achieve and to analyse whether veneers are the more suited procedure for you. At this appointment we will provide you with a full treatment plan and timeline as to when you can have your perfect smile completed. You will also be advised of the cost of treatment.
For porcelain veneers, the next appointment will consist of preparation. A small amount of enamel will be removed from the surface of each tooth to ensure that the veneer can properly bond with your natural tooth. Once your teeth have been prepared for the veneers, a digital scan or impressions will be taken and sent to one of the best dental labs in Sydney. Your teeth will be fitted with temporary veneers until the lab has created the final ones. 7 to 14 days later we will fit your final veneers which will be bonded to give you your forever smile.
For composite veneers, we will be able to fit these on your next visit. The composite veneers are bonded directly to your teeth and you will leave the clinic with your brand new smile.
How to maintain veneers?
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss daily.
- Do not put any extreme pressure on your teeth e.g. trying to open a bottle.
- Visit your dentist regularly for a check up and clean.
- Be aware that pigmented food and drink can stain veneers particularly composite.