Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry solution, with a high reputation because of their durability and strength, and also their ability to improve the overall aesthetic of your smile.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
There are two forms of dental veneers:
- Porcelain veneers – thin ceramic shells that are bonded to the existing teeth, more resilient to surface staining and have a longer lifespan compared to composite resin veneers
- Composite resin Veneers – thinner than porcelain veneers and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement; they are generally a more cost effective option than porcelain veneers
You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for your teeth with your dentist.
When Are Porcelain Veneers Recommended?
Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are:
- Discoloured due to root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride, or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Worn down
- Chipped or broken
- Misaligned, crooked, uneven, or irregularly shaped
They’ll give you a bright new smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
What is the Procedure for Getting Veneers?
You’ll start your treatment plan with an examination and assessment, and usually a discussion with your dentist about what you want to achieve through cosmetic dentistry.
Once you’ve decided on porcelain veneers, your dentist will prepare your tooth (or teeth) for their veneer, by trimming off the enamel. Then the dentist will take an impression of the tooth or teeth to be sent to the labs.
Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used.
Your tooth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched, and the ceramic veneer will be cemented and placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. Finally, any adjustments in the veneer or the bite will be assessed and performed as necessary.
Who Can I Talk to About Porcelain Veneers?
If you think porcelain veneers sound like a good option, talk to a professional cosmetic dentist to see if they think it’s suitable for you. They’ll be able to provide a thorough evaluation of your dental needs and offer the best solutions for your new smile.
Remember, it’s important to only undergo cosmetic procedures by qualified, accredited cosmetic dentists, as it’s a specialist field of dentistry.
At Hawthorn Family Dental Clinic in Melbourne, your cosmetic dentistry process will include a fully personalised cosmetic consultation with one of our experienced dentists, to discuss your smile presentation and concerns and recommended treatment options.
Call (03) 9999 0485 or contact us online to book an appointment and see if porcelain veneers are the best cosmetic dentistry option for you.