Beautiful teeth make a lasting impression. But not everyone has teeth that make them want to smile. More than 50% of Australians feel embarrassed about the state of their teeth and almost two thirds, given the chance, would do something to change them. So it makes sense why cosmetic procedures like dental veneers are rising in popularity.
Once known as a temporary treatment only available to movie stars, veneer materials and techniques have since evolved and are now more durable and more affordable than ever before. And today they’re a solution for a range of teeth imperfections, including:
Broken or chipped teeth
Small or oddly shaped teeth
Gappy or crooked teeth.
So if you’re considering investing in a smile makeover, we’ve compiled five things you need to know about this transformative procedure.
1. Porcelain veneers are a long-term solution
Each veneer is a thin semi-translucent shell of porcelain permanently fitted over your natural tooth which can change its shape, size, colour, or length. Despite how thin they are, porcelain shells are strong and particularly resistant to wear, fractures, and temperature changes. Even the hottest cup of coffee or the coldest milkshake won’t shake their foundations. Porcelain veneers are also resistant to stains due to their coating which keeps them looking brighter and healthier for longer. In fact, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years with consistent care. So much like your natural teeth, veneers need flossing, brushing, and care when consuming hard foods to last.
2. Porcelain veneers can look perfectly natural
Porcelain veneers are designed to mimic your natural teeth so don’t be shocked to see the tiny grooves, bumps, and translucency of a real tooth in the finished product. After all, veneers are designed to enhance your smile while maintaining its character. Remember, the perfect smile is your natural looking smile.
3. Quality porcelain veneers need multiple appointments
The procedure for porcelain veneers is spread over multiple appointments which is important to ensure you’re satisfied with the end result. During the first appointment, your dentist will take X-rays, an impression of your bite, and create a wax-based mock set of veneers for your review.
During your second appointment, the thickness of your teeth will be slightly reduced to create space in your mouth for the veneers. A second mold of your teeth is then taken and temporary plastic veneers will be fitted over your teeth to replicate the look and feel of veneers.
After your customised porcelain veneers are produced in a specialised lab, your third appointment will involve a comprehensive teeth clean, veneer application, and polish for a natural look.
4. Veneers need time to bond to your teeth
Following the application of your porcelain veneers, it’s important to allow the veneers time to bond to your natural teeth. During this period, avoid biting down or chewing on hard items that put pressure on your teeth like opening bottles, biting nails, or chewing on ice. When it comes to brushing your teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that your dentist recommends.
5. Veneers aren’t for everyone
Veneers require a healthy tooth for a strong foundation. So, if you have significant tooth decay, gum disease, damage to your teeth from grinding, or you have a history of root canals or fillings to the front of your teeth, veneers may not be the right cosmetic solution for you. Our friendly team of dentists can suggest alternative solutions for teeth with structural problems if veneers aren’t a suitable option for you.
Trust Whites Dental Care for quality results
Dental veneers can have a big impact on your smile, confidence, and overall health, so it’s important to see a skilled dentist who can deliver quality results. The professional team at Whites Dental Care have over 20 years of experience providing high quality cosmetic dentistry in the Neutral Bay area. They’re the experts when it comes to enhancing smiles and can make the porcelain veneers procedure a pleasant and painless one. To book your consultation, contact Whites Dental Care, or book your visit online.