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What are Dental Veneers?

05 Apr 2021  |  No Comments

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Dental veneers are small and thin tooth-colored shells attached to your teeth’ front surface to make them more attractive. Most veneers are made of resin composite or porcelain materials that can bond permanently with the teeth.

Common reasons to get veneers

Veneers make it possible for you to achieve the bright white smile you want, helping to boost your confidence. They are popular for those with:

  1. Chipped teeth
  2. Gap between teeth
  3. Misshapen teeth
  4. Stained teeth that cannot be whitened by bleaching

There are two main types of veneers to choose from; porcelain and composite resin veneers.

Porcelain veneers

A porcelain veneer is a custom made shell that fits on your tooth. The following are some of the benefits of having porcelain veneer:

  1. They don’t stain easily
  2. They can last longer than composite resin veneers
  3. They come in a natural-looking surface, making it difficult to distinguish with normal teeth

Process of getting porcelain veneers

The first step to placing a porcelain veneer is to remove a small amount of the enamel on both sides of the tooth to create enough room for the veneers while keeping your teeth looking natural. It also requires making a mould of your teeth and choosing the best shade for your teeth.

Once the dentist comes up with an impression, it is sent to a dental lab that makes a porcelain veneer that suits your teeth and smile. You have to wait for some days to have your porcelain veneers ready. While waiting, the dentist will provide you with a temporary solution. On your next visit, the dentist will place the permanent veneers on your teeth.

Composite resin veneers

A composite resin veneer is a coloured filling material that bonds well with your tooth. Some people prefer composite veneers because:

  1. They are cheaper than porcelain veneers.
  2. Your dentist removes only a small part of the enamel for composite veneers.
  3. They typically only require one visit to the dentist, which means less time spent.
  4. When they get damaged, you can easily fix them.

Composite veneers are not as strong as porcelain veneers, making them more prone to damage. Porcelain veneers are unlikely to ever break.

How to get ready for veneers

If you’re planning to have veneers, book an appointment with a certified dentist. A preliminary appointment with your dentist will involve discussing whether veneers are a suitable option for you. Sometimes your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment such as a crown or dental implants.

To evaluate your suitability for the treatment, the dentist will take an X-rays and test for tooth decay, gum disease and dental cavities. In case you have any underlying dental health issues or complications, your dentist will recommend a treatment plan before you can have veneers.

Book an Appointment at Marsfield Dental Today

If you’re interested in getting veneers, contact Marsfield Dental in Sydney today. Call us on (02) 9887 1961 or book via our website.

Disclaimer – This blog article does not constitute health advice from a dental professional. For more specific information, please seek an appointment with a dentist.

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