What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, tooth coloured shells that are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are made from porcelain or composite-resin material and are individually crafted to custom fit your smile.
There are several pros and cons of veneers that need to be considered before deciding on the best treatment to transform your smile.
Benefits of Veneers
Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic dental concerns including:
- Broken or chipped teeth: Veneers are the perfect option for restoring broken teeth or teeth with chips to their previous shape, especially during emergency dental appointments with injuries resulting from sports or other accidents.
- Uneven, unusually shaped teeth: The size and shape of the teeth can be altered by bonding the edges of the teeth with composite or completing covering the front with porcelain veneers.
- Worn down teeth: Teeth that are worn down on the edges can be built back up using composite bonding or covered with a porcelain veneer to restore the size and shape of the original tooth. Enamel may also be worn down from aggressive tooth brushing, acidic foods and drinks or acid reflux, so veneers can be an effective solution to protect the remaining tooth from further erosion.
- Uneven colouring or yellow teeth: Take-home teeth whitening kits or in-chair teeth whitening are popular treatments for making your teeth whiter and remove stains, but the results don’t last forever. To prevent stains permanently, veneers are a great long-term option as they are basically stain-resistant.
- Crooked or gapped teeth: Gaps between teeth or crooked teeth are usually treated with Invisalign® treatment or other orthodontic treatment such as traditional braces, but veneers may also be used for minor alignment issues. They won’t change the position of the teeth, but as veneers are attached to the surface of the tooth, can be used to cover up the issue aesthetically.
Some people only get one veneer to address the concern of a single tooth. Other people get six or eight veneers to create a bigger, brighter, symmetrical smile.
In the western world, on average, 35% of people are unhappy with their smile. Veneers can be completed in a few visits, over a one – two week period. So if you find yourself not smiling in photos or hiding some images from social media because you don’t like the way your teeth look, veneers may be the answer.
Are Veneers Bad for your Teeth?
You may be wondering if veneers damage your teeth. It is important to note traditional porcelain veneers are not reversible, as the structure of the tooth is permanently changed. Approximately ½ mm of enamel from the existing tooth surface is trimmed to create space for a custom made, aesthetically perfect veneer, which will then provide a strong, outer layer for the underlying tooth beneath it.
Porcelain Beneers vs Composite Veneers
A question we are commonly asked is, “what’s the difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers?” The main difference is that composite veneers (also known as composite bonding) are a type of non-prep veneer that can be removed, making this procedure completely reversible, unlike porcelain veneers. There are limitations to this treatment, so it’s best to have a consultation appointment to fully assess and consider specifics available to you.
It’s also important to note that porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers – to get an idea of the difference in veneers prices and which type will fall within your budget, you should compare the cost of veneers.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
If cared for correctly day to day with a good oral hygiene routine, mindful usage (teeth are for eating and smiling only!) and twice yearly dental maintenance checks and cleans, porcelain veneers can last decades, and composite veneers can last many years also.
Porcelain Veneers & Composite Veneers Gold Coast
To find out if veneers on the Gold Coast are right for your needs or to discuss alternative cosmetic dentistry options, book an appointment so you can be fully informed of the possible treatment options to enhance your smile!