Porcelain veneers deliver bright, beautifully shaped teeth that bring the wow factor. This non-invasive cosmetic dentistry option creates a gorgeous smile that leaves a stunning first impression.
The application of porcelain veneers is an increasingly popular procedure. The experienced team at Carillon City Dental excel at helping clients discover the perfect finish for their teeth and face shape. Below are answers to common questions regarding porcelain veneers. Please get in touch with us for a free consultation to discuss the possibility of transforming your smile.
Why choose porcelain veneers?
Who wouldn’t love displaying a mouthful of fabulous teeth?
Porcelain veneers are an accessible aesthetic upgrade where a thin but durable layer of porcelain is bonded to the tooth. Each veneer is specifically crafted, designed to adjust the appearance of the tooth and contributes to the overall improvement of your smile.
Reasons for porcelain veneers span teeth being badly discoloured, uneven, oddly shaped, slightly misaligned or even chipped. Porcelain veneers can also assist in reducing the appearance of gaps. They are able to change the size and shape of teeth in a way that alters your entire smile.
Porcelain veneers appeal to people who do not want to have to worry about regularly whitening their teeth and they are made from a stain-resistant substance.
What does the procedure for porcelain veneers involve?
The first step is deciding how many of your teeth require porcelain veneers, as it varies from person to person—and smile to smile! The width of your mouth, the current state and size of your teeth and the final effect you have in mind are all taken into account. We can discuss length and any areas of concern (gaps or cracks) you wish to address.
Because not all teeth can have porcelain veneers you may want to discuss a whitening option for other teeth or you may choose a shade of porcelain veneer that integrates well with the current natural shade of your teeth. Porcelain possesses a translucence that subtly blends with and mimics teeth. Together we can work out the perfect choice for your smile.
Each tooth is prepared—often with the assistance of local anaesthetic—the enamel lightly removed to ensure the veneer will fit smoothly onto the tooth. A digital scan will be taken to assist in perfecting veneers that complement the natural colour and shape of your teeth. We use digital scanning and design technology to create a temporary mock-up which we then apply. Perfect way to give your upgraded smile a test run!
Once the lab-made custom veneers have been created, we will have you return so they can be applied. The thin porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, meaning they are permanently attached using a dental adhesive.
Overall this cosmetic dentistry option generally takes a couple of visits. A follow up visit in a few weeks is also recommended. Once we examine your teeth we will be able to tell how many appointments are required, but 2-3 is standard.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get porcelain veneers?
Most people are well suited to porcelain veneers, but there are some cases where they are not recommended. If you have existing oral health issues, we will address these first. Please note while this procedure benefits slightly misaligned teeth, the heavily misaligned cannot be fixed by porcelain veneers and may require orthodontic treatment.
Those who grind and clench teeth need to take extra care. An examination will determine if a guard is required. Likewise, nail-biting risks damaging veneers. Please mention any pre-existing conditions in the first consult. We want to ensure you’re a perfect fit for the procedure. Our goal is always to provide the best possible choice for you.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
The good news is porcelain veneers are a long-lasting choice.
Porcelain veneers are designed to last at least a decade, but can last longer. In some cases, they’ve proven to still be in good condition twenty years down the track! Porcelain veneers are popular for their durability.
Cases where they have experienced damage often relate to inadequate care taken to avoid high impact foods that place pressure on veneers and a lack of ongoing dental treatment, where tooth decay beneath the veneer becomes an issue.
How do you care for porcelain veneers?
To minimise the possibility of damaging the veneers, it is recommended you avoid extremely hard or tough/chewy substances, as well as excessively sugary and sticky foods.
But in general, the good news is dental veneers do not really require specific maintenance that does not also apply to other teeth. They are best cared for with regular brushing, careful flossing and use of a mouthwash, along with scheduled dental check-ups to maintain peak oral health.
What do porcelain veneers cost?
Here at Carillon City Dental we offer porcelain veneers from $800 per tooth. Check with your private health fund to see how much of the total cost is covered. Payment plans with 0% interest are available and we offer a free consultation to kickstart the possibility of refreshing your smile!