Are Dental Veneers for Me?
Many of us long for that picture-perfect smile donned by celebrities. Straight, sparkly white, even teeth. Gone are the days where a cracked tooth meant tight-lipped smiles for the camera. Gone are the days where uneven, discoloured teeth was just something you had to contend with. Dental veneers allow for many of your cosmetic dentistry issues to be a thing of the past. Here’s all you need to know about veneers.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are extremely thin shells of either porcelain or resin composites that match the colour of your teeth. These veneers are designed to cover the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct a host of dental issues. Porcelain veneers are less prone to stains than resin veneers and tend to have a more natural look.
Dental issues corrected by veneers
- Worn tooth enamel– Veneers can improve smiles affected by worn tooth enamel that occur over time, and from the consumption of certain drinks (sodas and coffee), smoking and the use of some medications.
- Daily wear and tear- With age, comes the wearing down of teeth, made more vulnerable to chips, cracks and general unevenness. Veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth.
- Genes– Unfortunately, some people naturally have wide spaces between their teeth that tend to widen with age. This can be put down to genes.
- Discoloured teeth– Sometimes, teeth whitening may not be as effective in removing stubborn stains. Having veneers fitted solves the problem of discoloured teeth.
- Unevenness– Grinding and gnashing of teeth can lead to unevenness as well as bite issues, which can be corrected by veneers.
Am I a suitable candidate for dental veneers?
Your dentist will first assess your overall oral health, in order to rule out dental issues like gum disease which requires immediate treatment. In such case, having veneers fitted may not be the best step forward.
Sometimes, there may be less invasive treatment options available, and that, rather than dental veneers may be suggested by your dentist.
- A local anaesthetic will most likely be administered to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Your natural tooth/teeth will then be reshaped.
- If you have opted for resin veneers- the resin, coloured to match your natural teeth, will be applied, shaped and then hardened using a high intensity light.
- If needed, additional layers of resin may be applied to make certain you get the desired shape, length and form.
- The veneers will then be polished to create a natural-looking smile.
- If you have chosen porcelain veneers- an impression of your teeth will be made.
- Thereafter, the impression will be fabricated. Some dentists (like Dr Bruce Stevens) have in-house CAD/CAM/CEREC technology allowing the fabricating and fitting of veneers to be done in just one visit.
- The veneers will then be adjusted, if necessary, to ensure a proper fit.
Porcelain or resin veneers?
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than resin veneers, but, tend to be more durable and last a good deal longer. However, if your porcelain veneers are damaged- they have to be replaced in their entirety, whereas it is much easier to repair damaged resin veneers. With that in mind, the appearance of resin veneers is dependent on the artistic skill and expertise of the dentist doing the procedure. So, make sure you find a Michelangelo of a dentist!
The pros and cons of having dental veneers
- Dental veneers allow you to have that dazzling smile you’ve always wanted.
- With dental veneers, all your imperfections are covered up.
- Veneers offer an alternative to some orthodontic treatments. No need for numerous visits to the orthodontist to get those teeth looking its best.
- Veneers (porcelain) can last up to ten years.
- Having your veneers fitted can be done in either one or two visits (depending on the dentist you choose).
- Dental veneers can be a bit costly. Make sure you have budgeted for them.
- Veneers alter teeth permanently- once the process is done and your teeth have undergone shaping, it cannot be reversed.
- A portion of the original tooth enamel is removed, so temporary tooth sensitivity may be experienced.
- Dental veneers are very much like natural teeth, so you must proceed with caution as you would with your natural teeth to avoid damage. As strong as dental veneers are, excessive strains can cause damage. Go easy on that chomping!
Veneers at Bruce Stevens Dental
At Bruce Stevens Dental, right here in Cairns, you can have your veneers fitted in just one day! With our in-house CERECR technology, you don’t have to wait weeks for your veneers. We’re all about making your smiles the best they can be. So, if you have any questions about veneers, or think you’re finally ready to perfect those teeth- give us a call.