Sometimes, minor imperfections like misshapen, chipped, discoloured or unevenly spaced teeth, can come in the way of our perfect smile. Dental veneers are a wonderful way to improve your smile, by correcting these visible flaws.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells which are bonded to the front of the teeth that need to be worked on, and are made to look just like natural teeth. They are also customized to the size, shape, colour and contour of your original teeth so that they feel natural for you too. These make for a good, relatively non-invasive cosmetic option for chipped, worn out or otherwise imperfect teeth and can greatly improve the appearance of the veneered teeth. Some patients need only one veneer, but most prefer to get an average of five to seven veneers to achieve a uniformly even smile.
We offer two types of dental veneers at our clinic near Greensborough – one made from porcelain, and the other made from composite resin. Both of these are customized as per your teeth colour. Porcelain veneers are more popular among the two types, as they not only give a more natural look and feel to the teeth, but are also more durable and stain-resistant as compared to composite resin veneers. They are also made to order in a dental laboratory, and it can take multiple sessions for you to get the perfect fit and shape. But once you have them, you can be at peace that they can easily last you for over a decade with the right care.
Composite resin veneers are made from a tooth coloured material and can usually be done in just one visit to the clinic. They are also more economical as compared to porcelain veneers and are easier to repair in case something goes wrong. But they aren’t as long lasting as porcelain, and also do not offer the same finish.
Our dentists can recommend the best option for dental veneers for you, after a thorough examination.
Important facts about dental veneers
- One of the biggest advantages of dental veneers is the fact that they require less enamel removal as compared to dental crowns. This makes it an irreversible treatment, and this is why it is important to know these important factors before you finally go ahead with the treatment.
- It is best to get a thorough dental examination before you make the choice to get veneers. This is because any damage or decay must be taken care of before veneers are bonded over your teeth.
- Veneers aren’t permanent. It is possible for them to chip and break due to constant teeth grinding, nail biting, chewing on hard objects or other injuries. They could even become loose over a period of time, in which case they will need to be replaced or repaired.
- They are not a substitute for regular dental care. You will need to maintain good oral hygiene routine and bi-annual dental visits for optimum oral health.