Many people will agree that a smile is one of the most memorable features of a person’s face. Chances are that the first time you meet someone, if they have a noticeably bad smile or a ridiculously good one, you’ll notice it instantly.
For this reason, cosmetic dental treatments are becoming more common and are an effective way to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence, which in turn will have significant effects on your happiness and quality of life. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular options for transforming your appearance, because they can be used to fix a range of teeth imperfections, including:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Yellow/discoloured teeth
- Small/oddly shaped teeth
- Gaps or crooked teeth
Before you go ahead and begin your journey to transform your smile with porcelain veneers on the Gold Coast or elsewhere, there are a few things you need to know about the veneers process below!
- Choose your dentist wisely
- Alternative options to veneers
- Permanent teeth whitening
- Veneers aren’t one-size-fits all
- Perfect isn’t perfect
- Number of veneers
- Future facial treatment planning
- Can veneers be reversed?
- Lifespan of porcelain veneers
- Veneers maintenance
1. Choose your dentist wisely
Although porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment, it’s important to choose a dentist who is genuinely concerned about the function and health of your teeth when planning your new smile. Oasis Dental Studio specialises in minimally invasive dentistry, which means that the underlying tooth structure is preserved as much as possible when completing any dental treatment.
Do your research – check out photos of the dentists’ past work to ensure you like their style, and that they have extensive experience with a wide range of smiles and dental concerns. Also take a look at the dental practices’ reviews on social media and Google where possible, so you can verify the quality of experience provided by the dentist.
2. Alternative options to veneers
Although veneers are an effective option for most people wanting to improve their smiles as they can address a wide range of issues, there may be other options available to you to consider first. An experienced dentist will be able to advise you of your alternatives, such as Invisalign® treatment for crooked teeth or gaps, teeth whitening for discoloured teeth, or composite bonding for chips or oddly shaped teeth.
These other options may be more affordable than the cost of veneers on the Gold Coast, be less invasive or be better suited to your ability to maintain your teeth in the long-term, as porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment.
3. Permanent teeth whitening
We mentioned above that veneers are a perfect solution for those who have stained or discoloured teeth, whether this be the result of food and drink, age or medication. You get to select the shade of your preference before your veneers are hand-crafted, which are then placed over your existing teeth so the discolouration is no longer visible. A benefit that many people don’t realise though, is that since veneers are highly stain-resistant, they provide a permanent solution to a whiter smile which don’t require in-chair teeth whitening or take-home teeth whitening kits.
If you only have one or two porcelain veneers, you may need to whiten the surrounding teeth so they maintain a consistent appearance alongside your veneers, but if most of your visible teeth are veneered, this won’t be necessary.
4. Veneers aren’t one-size-fits all
In the past, porcelain veneers were notorious for being big, square, and fridge-white, looking exactly the same for each and every patient. Modern dentistry aims to take on a different approach, as high-quality veneers placed by a skilled dentist should be custom-designed to suit your face and smile.
Our Gold Coast dentists undergo comprehensive consultations with their patients to get an understanding of exactly what they do and don’t like about their teeth, and then design a completely customised solution. Not everyone smiles the same, talks the same, has the same facial expressions or wants the same style, which is exactly why your preferences and unique appearance must be taken into consideration when creating your veneers!
5. Perfect isn’t perfect
Although you may assume that the “perfect smile” is created with paper white, perfectly smooth, symmetrical teeth, this is actually not the case! A beautiful smile is created by enhancing your smile, while still maintaining its character. To reach this goal, veneers should be created to look natural, with all of the tiny grooves, bumps and translucency of a real tooth incorporated into the design in a way that people will notice that your smile and appearance have improved, but they won’t be able to figure out exactly what has changed.
6. Number of veneers
Not every patient requires or wants the same number of veneers. Some patients may opt to have porcelain veneers placed on all of their visible teeth, while others may only require one veneer to repair a chipped tooth. It also depends on your budget and the condition of the surrounding teeth.
7. Future facial treatment planning
If you’re planning on getting any further aesthetic treatment for the face, such as fillers or lip injections, muscle relaxants or cosmetic surgery, make sure you tell your dentist before you get your veneers. This is because all the planning is based on your current face shape and structure, so any future changes will need to be taken into consideration to ensure your veneers will still be a good fit for you in the long run.
8. Can veneers be reversed?
Veneers are a permanent dental treatment, due to the fact that your dentist will need to remove some tooth structure depending on the desired outcome to make room for your veneers.
Our goal at Oasis Dental Studio is to preserve as much enamel as possible, with minimally invasive dentistry being the Oasis difference.
9. Lifespan of porcelain veneers
Once you’ve committed to having veneers for life, it’s important to note that porcelain veneers do not last forever, and need to be replaced every approximately 15 – 20 years.
10. Veneers maintenance
To prolong the life of your porcelain veneers, keep them looking their best to avoid having to replace them sooner than mentioned above, they need to be well maintained. This means maintaining a good oral hygiene routine by:
- Brushing your teeth twice daily
- Flossing every day
- Visiting your dentist for your 6-month check-up and clean
Now you know what’s involved when transforming your smile with veneers, you’ll be better equipped to make the best choice for your personal circumstances and preferences alongside your dentist, who will guide you through the best treatment options for you.
If you’d like to find out more, you can book a free consultation with our highly experienced Gold Coast cosmetic dentists online or by giving our friendly team a call: