Modern Porcelain Veneers

porcelain-veneersDental veneers are often called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers. These are made of tooth- discolored materials and custom made. These wafer-thin veneers cover the front of the teeth and improve the appearance of the person wearing them. The veneers bond to the front of the teeth and change the shape, length, colour or size of the teeth to improve appearance. Our dental office in Brisbane can provide these veneers for you.

Dental technology over the last 20 years has moved on in leaps and bounds. Modern porcelain veneers genuinly look and feel lile the real deal more so than ever before.

The new types of porcelain are look and feel like natural dental enamel. They are stronger, and with the latest digital imaging systems  same-day restorations are possible, that are a near-perfect match to the natural shape and color of patients’ teeth.

The veneers are made from resin composite materials or porcelain. The porcelain ones tend to resist stains easier and they look more like real teeth due to their reflecting properties. The resin veneers are thinner and less of the tooth surface is removed prior to the placement of the veneer. Our Brisbane dental office can help you decide on the best veneer for your needs.

When should I consider Dental Porcelain Veneers

These veneers are used to fix:

  • Discolored teeth – There can be stains from drugs such as tetracycline, too much fluoride. Stains form root canal treatment or large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth.
  • The teeth may just be worn out
  • The teeth could be broken or chipped
  • Teeth may be irregularly shaped, uneven, or misaligned
  • Teeth may have gaps between them and veneers can correct this issue

Do Dental Veneers Require Any Special Care?

The veneers require regular oral care. As long as you continue with good oral hygiene practices such as flossing and brushing your veneers will look great. The veneers resist stains, but the dentist may require you to avoid certain stain causing foods like red wine, coffee, or tea

Procedure for Getting your Dental Porcelain Veneers

You will usually require to pop into Brisbane three times to visit to the dentist. The first trip is for a consultation and the next two are to have the veneers applied to your teeth. You may have one or sever teeth undergo the procedure at one time. The procedure is as follows:

  • Treatment planning and Diagnosis.In this first step, you need to participate. You want the dentist to know the results that you expect from the procedure. The dentist will examine the teeth to make sure you’re a good candidate for the veneers and discuss limitations with you. There may be impressions made of the teeth and mouth as well as x-rays taken.
  • The preparation.About 1/2 millimeter of the enamel is removed to prepare the tooth for the veneer. This is about the thickness of the veneer which will be added to the surface of the tooth. Before the area is trimmed the dentist will usually use a local anaesthetic to numb this area. There will be an impression or model made of the tooth and this is sent to a dental laboratory where the veneer is constructed. It takes about 1-2 weeks before the dentist receives the veneers back. If the teeth don’t look that great, temporary veneers can be added to the teeth for an additional cost, before the full veneers are applied.
  • Before your veneers is fixed permanently to the tooth, it’s placed temporarily on the tooth to examine the color and the size. The color can be adjusted with the cement shade this is to be used.  The tooth is etched, polished, and cleaned so it can receive the veneer. The tooth is then a bit rough so the veneer can adhere to the tooth well. The tooth receive a special cement and then the veneer is applied to the tooth. Once the veneer is on the tooth, the dentist uses a light beam which activated compounds in the cement and this cures or hardens on the tooth quickly. In the final steps the excess cement is removed and adjustments will be made such as evaluating your bite. You may have to return in a couple of weeks to check how the gums are responding to the veneer and the placement of the veneer will be examined again as well to ensure everything is right.


Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers have the following advantages:

  • Veneers provide a natural appearance to the teeth
  • The tissue of the gums tolerates porcelain quite well
  • The veneers are resistant to stains
  • The veneers can make the teeth appear whiter than before
  • It’s an easier way to change the shape and color of the tooth as there’s no need for extensive shaping like a crown procedure requires. Veneers are also aesthetically pleasing and stronger.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

The disadvantages to veneers include:

  • Once done the process can’t be reversed
  • The process is more expensive than resin bonding
  • If they crack or chip, they usually can’t be repaired
  • There can be more sensitivity to hot or cold as the enamel has been removed
  • Veneers may not match the color of the other teeth and this color can’t be changed once the veneer is put into place. Teeth should be whitened before you have veneer work done
  • A veneer can fall off, although this is unlikely or it can dislodge. You can’t chew on pencils, chew nails or other objects when you hav veneer work done. You have to avoid excessive pressure on the teeth.
  • Teeth that have veneers will still experience decay and the entire tooth may need a crown.
  • If you have unhealthy teeth a veneer isn’t a good choice. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, avoid getting veneers. They also won’t work well if your enamel is already weak.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth, you’re not a good candidate for veneers as this can cause chipping or cracking of the veneers.

How Long Do Dental Veneers Tend to Last?

Veneers will last about 5-10 years and then need to be replaced

What are the alternatives to Dental Veneers

Crowns and bondings are alternatives to dental veneers.  If you want to change the shape of the teeth a lot then you will want to get veneers, but not enough for a crown.

Cost of Veneers

Where you live will factor into the cost of veneers and the amount of veneers you have done. The range of price is about $500-1,300 per veneer. These are not usually covered by insurance. Check with your insurance company to determine if coverage is available or if you have to pay out of pocket.