Porcelain veneers are a very thin shell bonded to the front, side and edge of your teeth. They can help improve the shape and colour of teeth when only minor modification is necessary.
Veneers are applied to the front (visible) surfaces, usually of the upper teeth, in order to improve their appearance, lustre and colour.
Veneers are often chosen over other options for their cosmetic superiority. They reflect light the same way real enamel does, making them appear very natural. They also have a smooth surface that will not permanently stain. With proper veneer care, they can last for more than ten years.
Veneers are made of either composite resin (Bonded/ direct veneers) or from porcelain (ceramic/indirect Veneers). At Pymble Dental Practice we're skilled in both of these materials and procedures, so we can apply the best method to suit your dental situation. Learn more about the differences between porcelain and composite resin veneers.
We guarantee all of our veneers are made in Sydney with the highest quality materials, and all care is taken in their preparation and fitting.
What problems can veneers solve?
Whilst they are largely a cosmetic therapy, they're also used to:
- Disguise misshapen or broken-down teeth
- Change the shade or colour of badly stained, yellow or discoloured teeth
- Close spaces or correct crowding
- Improve the smile by changing the amount of tooth showing in your smile, in symmetry with the lip lines.
Porcelain veneers are recommended when aesthetics are more important. Some of the benefits of porcelain veneers include:
- Are the most natural and lustrous looking
- Stronger than composite resin when properly manufactured
- Resistant to staining
- Involve less removal of the tooth than a crown
How long will it take?
After a consultation and discussion about colour, shape and style; there are two appointments about 2 weeks apart required to prepare the teeth, bond temporaries and then, cement the final products. The process of having veneers fitted normally involves a few appointments;
Discussion about goals, colour, length, shape. Photographs and moulds will be taken to help plan the procedure.
Veneers usually require some preparation of the teeth under local anaesthetic so that the final products sit flush with the natural teeth and gumline. At this appointment, temporary veneers are made and bonded so that whilst the porcelain is being made the teeth look better already.
This appointment consists of resin bonding the porcelain veneers onto the natural teeth. It is usually done without anaesthetic as it is not painful. Following the bonding of the veneers, we like to take some photos to add to our collection!
Are Veneers my best option?
Porcelain veneers are an irreversible procedure. Veneers should not be used as a blanket solution for the cosmetic treatment of every patient. The initial consultation will involve a discussion about all other options.
Some alternative options to veneers include:
Veneers can be used in conjunction with these options to help achieve a beautiful smile that looks natural.
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure is done under local anaesthetic so it is not expected to be painful during its preparation. There may be some tenderness and sensitivity of the tooth and gums following, however usual over-the-counter pain relief is more than enough to control such inconveniences.
Why choose Pymble Dental?
Veneers should be a suitable option for the cosmetic treatment of your teeth, then every possible avenue will be exhausted to ensure that you get the chance to express your goals and that the visits are done with utmost care, using only the highest quality materials and master technicians.