Dental veneers from Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest
Have you ever wondered how it is that everyone in Hollywood seems to have such a perfect, straight and white smile? The secret behind many of these million-dollar smiles is ceramic veneers. While it was once a treatment which was considered a luxury, and only within reach for the rich and famous, nowadays veneers and the beautiful smiles they create are more accessible than ever!
What are dental veneers?
A veneer is a thin facing which can be placed on a tooth to improve the appearance of the tooth. Veneers are usually constructed in reinforced dental ceramic, making them extremely strong, long-lasting, and resistant to staining. When created and placed by trained professionals, veneers are barely discernible from your natural teeth; most people will never realise it’s not your natural smile.
Why get dental veneers?
Veneers are a highly versatile cosmetic dental treatment which can correct a broad range of concerns including discolouration, cracks, chips, and gaps. In some cases, staining on our teeth cannot be treated through teeth whitening alone. Veneers can be used to cover the discoloured tooth or teeth, making them blend with your other natural teeth again. Some people may also have minor gaps or crookedness of their teeth but are unwilling to undertake orthodontic treatment. Veneers can be an excellent option to fill these gaps, or straighten the look of a slightly crooked tooth.
Why should I whiten my teeth before getting veneers?
It’s not a necessity to whiten your teeth before having veneers placed. However, if you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth overall and have been considering a whitening treatment, we would recommend you do that prior to having your veneers created and placed. As veneers are constructed of ceramic, they cannot be whitened after construction; the colour they are created in is the colour they will remain. If you undergo a whitening treatment prior to having veneers placed, you’ll then be able to have your veneers perfectly matched to your whiter smile, creating a result which you will likely find more aesthetically pleasing.
What happens when I get dental veneers?
Having a veneer placed in your mouth requires two treatment appointments. The first appointment is to take impressions of the teeth, and to perform the necessary preparation; this will involve shaping your teeth so the veneers fit onto your teeth correctly. The impressions will then be used to custom-make your veneers to perfectly fit your teeth in your desired shade of ceramic. At your second appointment, the veneers will be tried-in to ensure they fit perfectly before they are cemented into place. As the shade of ceramic cannot be adjusted after construction, it is recommended that should you wish to achieve a whiter overall aesthetic, you undergo a teeth whitening treatment prior to commencing veneer treatment, so your veneers can be created in the correct whiter shade.
How many veneers do I need?
This depends on your unique needs and desires. Optimal aesthetics are usually obtained by placing multiple veneers across the upper front teeth. For some people two veneers may suffice, for others it may be up to 10. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve.
How long will my veneers last?
Provided you care for your veneers properly, then it is possible for them to last for around 10 years, though there are cases where they have lasted even longer. Proper care for veneers is exactly the same as your natural teeth; brush and floss daily, and ensure you’re attending your regular check-up and cleanings. Your dentist might also recommend constructing a protective appliance to use at night, to protect your veneers and natural teeth from teeth grinding during sleep.
Dental veneers at Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest
If you think you would like to achieve your best smile with veneers, request your consultation with Dental On Clarke today!
A veneer is a thin cover that is placed on the front of a tooth in order to improve its appearance. It also serves to reinforce the tooth. Veneers are made with reinforced dental porcelain by a dental technician, and are customised in order to match the colour of the natural teeth. In some cases, multiple veneers are placed across the upper front teeth for aesthetic purposes.
Cracked teeth can be treated in a variety of ways, this will be dependent on the type of crack that you tooth has suffered. Cracks can be treated by means of crowns, dental bonding, root canal or extraction. In some cases, your crack may not require any treatment at all.
If you have a tiny, hairline cracks in the enamel of your teeth, your dentist may advise leaving these alone. This is because these types of cracks usually do not affect appearance or produce any pain.
Cracked teeth can bring with them several complications (depending on the type of crack.)
One of the main complications is an infection that can spread to the bone and gums, this type of infection is known as a tooth abscess and can present itself with several symptoms, these include:
- pain when chewing
- swollen gums
- sensitivity to heat and cold
- tender glands in the neck
- foul breath
Preventing cracks from occurring in your teeth is completely possible. This is a simple matter of maintaining strong and healthy teeth by means of a good oral hygiene routine and schedule regular visits to the dentist. You should also avoid hard foods such as nuts and hard-boiled candies as well as wear a mouthguard during any type of contact sports. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, seeking treatment for this will also help to prevent cracks.