Thinking About Getting Veneers? Read this first...
If you're considering getting veneers - a thin wafer of porcelain that is permanently bonded to a tooth to mask its colour, shape, or positioning in the mouth—read this first and speak with your qualified dental professional so that you can make an informed decision.
Are you a good candidate for veneers?
If you answer yes to any of the following, veneers might just be the thing for you!
My teeth that are discoloured - either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other medications, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large white fillings that have discoloured the tooth
My teeth are worn down
My teeth are chipped or broken
My teeth are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
My teeth have gaps between them
One of the best things about veneers is that they are customised to your liking. Whatever you don’t like about your teeth could be minimised or changed!
How many trips to the dentist is required?
Getting dental veneers usually requires a few trips to the dentist. One for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process.
The process of getting veneers
Consultation: Diagnosis and treatment planning.
During your initial appointment, we examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve, including any costs or limitations with your particular mouth. They may also may take x-rays or impressions of your mouth and teeth.
Preparation: We start by removing about 1mm of enamel from the tooth surface. (This is about equal to the thickness of the veneer) Next, we will make an impression of the teeth. This model is sent to a dental laboratory, who constructs your veneer. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory.
Cementation/Bonding: Before the dental veneer is permanently attached to your tooth, we will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and colour. We will trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit and the veneer colour can be adjusted by selecting the appropriate shade of dental cement. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched, which roughens the tooth to ensure a strong bond. A special dental cement is applied to the veneer, and then the veneer is placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, we will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden quickly.
Finally, we remove excess cement, evaluate your bite and make any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. We may ask you to return for a follow-up visit to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer's placement.
How long do dental veneers last?
Depending on the material used to custom-make the veneers, the cement used to bond the veneers and the diligence of the individual with adhering to all oral hygiene recommendations, veneers can last up to 10 or 15 years.
Do Dental Veneers Require Special Care?
Dental veneers do not require any special care, however oral hygiene is essential for the preservation of dental veneers. You must keep up good oral hygiene including brushing, flossing, interdental microbrushes or any other oral hygiene processes as recommended by your dental practitioner.
To see if you would be a suitable candidate for dental veneers, book a consultation with one of our Dental Professionals on (03) 9005 2200 or through our new online booking system!