Dental Veneers

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layers of either porcelain (ceramic) or composite resin (of plastic and glass) designed to improve the appearance of teeth. Porcelain veneers look more realistic and last longer than ones made of resin and this is why they cost more. The application of dental veneers is a permanent treatment and their colours cannot be changed once they have been applied. Dental veneers are commonly used to improve the appearance of teeth instead of fixing damage, misalignment, and the like.

When Do You Need Dental Veneers?

You can choose to have dental veneers applied on your teeth if they are –

  • Stained or discoloured
  • Oddly shaped, crooked, or chipped
  • Widely spaced with noticeably large gaps

It is important to note that dental veneers can only be applied if your teeth and gums are healthy and in good condition.

If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, dental veneers will not be suitable for you as they may crack in the long run.

What Happens During The Application of Dental Veneers?

Initially, we will remove a thin layer of enamel from your tooth so your dental veneer will not stick out. A local anaesthetic may be used so you will not feel any pain or discomfort.

We will then take an impression of your tooth or teeth with the mould sent directly to our lab where your dental veneer will be made. You will be given a temporary veneer until your next visit.

Once your dental veneer is ready, you can come back so we can fit it and make sure that it looks good. We will then use bonding cement to set it.

What Are The Alternatives to Dental Veneers?

You can choose to leave your teeth the way they are or you have the options of –

  • Fixing small sections of your tooth using composite resin
  • Placing a crown to cover a broken or decayed tooth
  • Bleaching to make your teeth look whiter

For more information about our dental veneers, call 03 9870 6312 today.