The Smile Team
Cosmetic veneers are surface facings used on the front upper and/or lowers teeth to enhance or change your overall smile. Cosmetic veneers typically whiten, lengthen, widen and straighten the underlying teeth, hiding imperfections.
Porcelain veneers: Cosmetic veneers made from porcelain are the most natural appearing veneer option, reflecting light in a similar manner to natural tooth enamel. The porcelain ceramic material offers wonderful aesthetics whilst also providing good longevity. Porcelain veneers are created by technicians in our trusted Melbourne based Australian laboratories from moulds taken of prepared teeth carried out by The Smile Team dentists. Porcelain veneers can be tinted or shaped to resemble a natural tooth and a tooth that matches the individual’s desired smile. Porcelain veneers are very popular when the highest levels of aesthetic results are sought.
Composite resin veneers: Cosmetic veneers made from composite resin (advanced plastics) are similar in strength to a normal filling. Composite resin veneers are an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers in the short term. Resin veneers can be placed in the mouth directly onto the teeth by The Smile Team dentists, requiring fewer appointments, however often more time needs to be spent in chair perfecting the shape and colours. Although the initial investment is less than porcelain veneers, resin veneers are more porous and therefore can lose their lustre or shine and discolour faster resulting in the need for more regular polishing to maintain them.
Regular home and professional dental care are both required to maintain dental veneers. It is ideal to review the bond of the veneer and underlying tooth as some parts of the natural tooth are still exposed to the oral environment and any breakdown could result in decay. Twice- yearly thorough hygiene cleaning along with twice daily brushing, flossing and fluoride toothpaste will help to maintain the veneers for the long term.
Here are a few of the common problems which can be addressed with cosmetic veneers:
Veneers are a durable solution to improve the overall appearance of your teeth. The average lifespan of dental veneers ranges from 5 years up to 15 years, provided oral hygiene is good and decay is not developing. Many veneers at The Smile Team have lasted more than 15 years.
Porcelain veneers have a similar wear resistance to enamel so given any excessive force or trauma, can also chip or break much like a natural tooth. Patients with a clenching or grinding habit should also be aware they may incur more wear to the veneer or surrounding teeth with any excessive forces.
Veneers should always maintain their shiny and natural appearance but as gums receed or veneer margins become visible over time, they may need replacement to avoid stain accumulation around the edges. Occasionally a veneer can become detached.
At The Smile Team we work hard to ensure careful correct preparation and placement of veneers to enable the veneers to last as long as possible.
Veneers are considered permanent restorations and once the tooth has been prepared for a cosmetic veneer it cannot be reversed. Our dentists at The Smile Team can assist you in the consideration of veneers along with all alternative options (i.e. whitening, micro abrasion, orthodontics) for their suitability and benefits to help you make a great choice.
During preparation great care is taken to buff/ remove only the smallest amount of existing enamel from the front and edges of your natural tooth to allow maximum adhesion of the veneer. Usually the tongue side of the teeth are not altered.
In certain cases where smaller teeth are needing to be built up, little to no enamel is actually removed.
Veneers are made from the same or similar materials as crowns however they only cover the front parts of the teeth. Crowns are often designed for strength and as such need to cover the entire surface of the tooth. It is because of this that crowns are considered more involving for a tooth from a treatment perspective.
“Being able to improve the health and appearance of my patient’s teeth gives them a lot of confidence in comfort, function and aesthetics. I love seeing this transformation.”