Cosmetic Dentistry – A Complete Guide to Dental Veneers
We all want that perfect smile. But unfortunately, there are a lot of dental conditions that can affect your beautiful teeth. Dental issues like worn tooth enamel, chipped teeth, uneven teeth, or discolouration can make your smile unattractive and deter you from smiling. Luckily, dentists specialising in cosmetic dentistry provide several solutions that can restore your beautiful smile. One popular option is the dental veneers treatment.
What is a Dental Veneer?
The definition of a veneer according to the Australian Dental Association, is a thin, tooth-coloured porcelain layer bonded onto the front of your teeth to correct dental issues. As a result, it creates the appearance of straighter and healthier looking teeth. While dental veneers fall under cosmetic dentistry, these porcelain laminates also have protective capabilities that provide additional strength and resilience to the teeth.
Each case is examined individually and the treatment is customised to the case and to your needs. Before you decide to undergo this cosmetic procedure, you need to know more about dental veneers through dental consultation.
Why choose a Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers are a good alternative to dental crowns, dentures, or dental implants because of the relative ease of the procedure. Dental veneers are less intrusive and require relatively minimal preparation compared to the other alternatives. For instance, while dental crowns require a significant removal of tooth enamel, a dental veneer only needs a thin layer removed for the shell.
In addition, dental veneers require low maintenance. You may still do your usual oral health hygiene such as brushing two times a day or flossing to remove food debris.
When should you get Dental Veneers?
We recommend dental veneers as a cosmetic solution to the following dental situations:
- Badly stained or discoloured teeth.
- Huge gaps between teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Displeasing tooth fillings
- Crooked teeth
What are the types of Dental Veneers?
There are two common materials used for dental veneers—porcelain and composite resin.
- Porcelain Veneers – This type of dental veneer is made of a durable ceramic that can easily give your teeth a desirable colour. The procedure involves creating an impression of your teeth which serves as a mould for the ceramic. Your Sydney dentist will discuss the type of look that you want to achieve, usually about the degree of whitening and the shape of the veneers. Both of which are important in creating your new smile! On your next visit, the dentist will use dental cement to bond the porcelain veneers to your existing tooth enamel. This results in a set of veneers that are customized to your mouth perfectly. Porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers but they can last many years.
- Composite Veneers – This type of material allows you to have dental veneers in a single visit. Your dentist will apply the composite resin layer by layer to slowly mould it to your desired shape. Composite veneers do not require any tooth enamel reduction compared to porcelain veneers. However, this material is not as durable as porcelain. They are prone to wear and tear as well as dental fractures over time. We recommend composite veneers as an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers.
How much do Dental Veneers cost?
As previously mentioned, porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers. However, the actual cost of the procedure depends on individual cases.
For more information on our composite and porcelain veneers as well as enquiries on our Ryde cosmetic dentistry services, call us at on (02) 98082588 to book an appointment. If you are nearby Gladesville, West Ryde, Meadowbank or Ryde, you may also visit us at Suite 5, 227 Morrison Rd, Putney, NSW 2112.Amalgam Fillings Repairs and Restore Teeth Dental Implants – The Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth
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