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 porcelain 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 porcelain, 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. 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 are 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 this prior to having your veneers created and placed. As veneers are constructed of porcelain, they cannot be whitened; 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 appointments. The first appointment is to take impressions of the teeth, and to perform the necessary preparation; this will involve shaving your existing teeth down 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 porcelain. At your second appointment, the veneers will then be tried to ensure they fit perfectly before they are cemented into place. As the shade of porcelain cannot be adjusted, it is recommended that should you wish to achieve a whiter overall aesthetic, that you undergo a teeth whitening treatment prior to having veneers applied so they 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.
Dental veneers at Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest
If you think you would like to achieve a million dollar 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.