When you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, it can affect your self-confidence but you don’t have to give up on your smile. Veneers are a popular solution for crooked, misaligned, discoloured or broken teeth to restore them to their original appearance (maybe even better than the original!)
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth coloured facings that are placed over the top of your natural teeth. They can be made from composite or porcelain and once applied they can last a very long time if well taken care of. Porcelain Veneers are strong, stable and rarely chip or discolour. Composite veneers are made of composite resin and only used in some cases.
Most dentists recommend getting porcelain veneers over composite as a long-term solution. Not only do they look fantastic, porcelain veneers are more durable, better quality and will keep your smile looking its best for longer. You can get veneers in just a few visits to the dentist and the procedure is painless and non-invasive. Here’s how it works.
The first step is to visit your dentist for a consultation and an in depth discussion of your history, health and what you’re hoping to achieve. Your dentist will then create a treatment plan based on your individual needs and objectives.
At this first consultation, impressions will be taken of your teeth along with clinical photographs. A wax replica of your mouth can also be created, allowing you to visualise the outcome and approve the result before having the veneers applied.
During your second visit, the teeth that are going to be veneered will be prepared. In most cases your dentist will trim around 0.5mm of enamel from the surface of your teeth to allow the veneer to sit snugly against the tooth without protruding.
You may also receive temporary veneers to act as a provisional restoration while your final veneers are being prepared.
3. Trying on your veneers and bonding
At this visit your temporary veneers will be removed and you will try in your final veneers for fit and comfort. This may require several visits to perfect the fit, bite, shape, colour and contours of your final veneers.
Once you are completely happy with the appearance, fit and feel of your veneers they will be permanently bonded to your teeth. This is a painless procedure that requires the application of etching gel to the surface of the tooth. This is then rinsed off thoroughly before a bonding adhesive is applied.
After the bonding process your perfect smile will be complete and you can enjoy the benefits of increased confidence over the long term.
How to care for your veneers
To keep your veneers well maintained and your teeth in optimal health it’s important that you adhere to a regular oral hygiene regime. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your veneers and these should be followed carefully if you want your veneers to keep looking their best into the future.
If you have any questions about dental veneers or you want to arrange a consultation with a prosthodontist in Perth give us a call today.