What are dental veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that change the outward appearance of teeth, but won't affect your oral health. Veneers can be made from either porcelain (ceramic) or a composite resin that's built up on the visible tooth surface. Both types of veneers have their advantages.
Veneers treatment may be chosen for many different reasons, including:
- Whitening stained or discoloured teeth
- Restoring chipped or worn teeth
- Straightening slightly crooked or misshapen teeth
- Lengthening short teeth
- Closing small gaps between teeth
Once veneers have been fitted, they need to be looked after just like natural teeth. With proper care, porcelain or composite veneers can last for many years.
Can anyone get dental veneers?
Veneers can be a faster and more convenient option than some other dental treatments. During your consultation, our dentists will assess your suitability and explain what the veneers procedure involves, so you can decide if it is really the best option for you.
To be a candidate for veneers treatment, you must have good oral health and be free from problems such as tooth decay or gum disease that can affect the success of the treatment. If we do spot signs of a problem when we examine your mouth, we'll advise you about how to improve your dental hygiene to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
If you're not eligible for veneers, or you decide you want a different treatment, we can discuss alternatives such as:
If you decide that veneers are the right option, we can begin your personalised treatment plan. This will involve discussions with your dentist about how many veneers you want and the shape, size, colour and materials you prefer.
To find out if you're a candidate for veneers, call (02) 9958 0400 to schedule a consultation at Sailors Bay Dentistry.
What are the different types of veneers?
We offer two types of dental veneers at our Sydney North Shore clinic – porcelain and composite. Both materials can be colour-matched to your natural teeth shade or a lighter shade if you prefer.
Your dentist will explain the pros and cons of each option so you can decide which is the best match for your needs and your price range.
Porcelain dental veneers are made from strong porcelain ceramic that can last longer than composite resin and won't affect what you're able to eat. These veneers look and feel natural, as porcelain resembles natural tooth enamel and reflects light in the same way.
Porcelain veneers cost more than composite, but they usually last longer before they need to be replaced. Traditional porcelain veneers take a week or longer to complete, as they need to be made in a dental laboratory.
Composite resin veneers are made from a combination of plastic and glass, similar to a white filling. The main advantage of composite veneers is that they're cheaper than porcelain, although they don't usually last as long. The treatment also takes less time to complete, as resin is applied directly to the tooth surface and hardened.
The main downside of composite veneers is that they're not as strong as porcelain and could chip or crack if you bite something hard or have an accident. However, our dentists can usually repair a damaged veneer by applying more resin. They're also less resistant to stains.