How Can Dental Veneers Transform Your Smile?

What Are Dental Veneers?

Do you want a white, beautiful smile but don’t like the pain of most cosmetic dental procedures? You can get that new, confident smile with dental veneers.

What are dental veneers? Dental veneers are thin shells placed over your tooth surface to cover stained teeth that your dentist can’t whiten by bleaching, crooked teeth, chipped teeth, uneven spaces, or gapped teeth. This dental cosmetic procedure looks and feels just like your natural tooth structure. Veneers are one of Australia’s most common cosmetic dental procedures, with over 1 million Australians getting them every year.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are many types, but we’ll discuss the two most popular ones: porcelain and composite veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

When you think of dental veneers, you often think of porcelain veneers. They have a natural-looking surface, especially when the light hits them, making them look like your natural teeth. The following are the benefits of porcelain veneers:

  • They are stain-resistant
  • They are durable and can last for 15 years with proper care
  • Have over 15 shades to match the colour of your teeth

Before your dentist installs the porcelain veneers in your teeth, your dentist will colour correct and shape your tooth enamel by 0.5 mm or more. They will then prepare and clean the tooth enamel, put a bonding agent on your natural teeth, and bond on the porcelain veneers. Often, your dentist will provide temporary veneers until your permanent ones arrive.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made from composite dental resin. Composite dental resin is the same material your dentists use for natural cavity fillings.

There are two kinds of composite veneers: direct and indirect. With direct veneers, your dentist will place the resin directly on your teeth and sculpt them. With indirect composite veneers, the dentist will take a mould of your teeth and fabricate the veneers outside your mouth. 

Unlike porcelain veneers that need a few weeks to complete, composite veneers can be made in one visit. Regardless of whether you choose indirect or direct composite veneers, they offer the following benefits: 

  • It costs far less compared to porcelain veneers. 
  • Composite veneers can be repaired easier than porcelain veneers if they get damaged.
  • Usually requires little to no reshaping of your natural tooth.

Reasons to Get Veneers

Veneers are a common cosmetic dental procedure, and an appropriately qualified health practitioner can do veneers treatment. Here are some reasons why people get veneers.

Cosmetic Purposes

One of the primary reasons people choose to get veneers is cosmetic reasons. Veneers can transform your smile, especially if you have any of the following:

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • White spots or streaks caused by too much use of fluoride
  • Teeth discolouration that can’t be fixed by whitening
  • Wide gaps in the front teeth or uneven teeth

With veneers, you can change the appearance of teeth, gums, and smile. Veneers can give you back the confidence of your smile.

Less Invasive Procedure

Compared to crowns or dental implants, veneers are less invasive procedures. Depending on which kind of veneer you pick, some choices will not need to remove a thin enamel layer. The veneer procedure is very conservative and will preserve most of your original tooth structure.

Teeth Protection

More than just cosmetic purposes, veneers can help to ease tooth sensitivity. When your teeth’ enamel is thin, worn, or already damaged, veneers provide protection. They protect teeth by creating a barrier between your natural tooth structure and outside stimuli contributing to tooth sensitivity.

How Can Dental Veneers Transform Your Smile?

Each dental veneer is carefully crafted in the lab or skillfully crafted by your dentist directly to your teeth. This means they make veneers to specially compliment the shape of your mouth so you can be sure your teeth are the best shape they could ever be. Having straight, white teeth with veneers gives you back that confidence to smile.

The Choice Is Yours

Veneers not only makes you feel good, but it also makes you look good. There are many veneers choices that can work for your specific need, and your dentist can take you through those options.

Our multilingual staff at Whitehorse Dental are ready to answer any questions you may have. Book a consultation today!