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What are Dental Veneers?
Contact Jephson Street Dental on (07)3870 3220 to see if you are a suitable candidate for veneers!
One of the most effective restorative procedures for rectifying teeth that are chipped, stained or discoloured, crooked or have gaps between them is dental veneering.
Finely crafted from thin pieces of porcelain, when veneers are bonded to the front surface of your teeth, they become incredibly strong and durable. Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution to capturing the look you have always wanted with only minimal disturbance to your tooth surface.
As with other restorative procedures, once your teeth are meticulously prepared, a mould is taken to construct the veneers. We ensure to achieve a perfect alignment with your gum-line and a flawless natural look.
Optimal oral health will significantly contribute to the success and longevity of your new veneers, therefore the Jephson Street Dental team may prescribe a stringent oral hygiene routine, including the use of a special mouthwash for several weeks prior to commencement of your treatment.
Types of Dental Veneers
Celebrities are often noted for their gleaming white, perfectly aligned teeth, but many often have cosmetic dentistry and dental veneers to thank for their Hollywood smile.
Dental veneers can also be used as an alternative to crowns as they are less likely to show discolouration where the restoration meets the gum line.
There are two types of veneers that are used by our dentists: Porcelain and composite.
- This substance is highly favoured for creating veneers because of its strength and durability.
- If porcelain veneers are well looked after with professional care and regular maintenance they could last for up to 25 years.
- Another advantage of having porcelain veneers is its ability to reflect light and match surrounding natural teeth.
- Composite veneers can be built up directly in your mouth, with the veneers able to be bonded and moulded to the front of your teeth in a single dentist visit.
- This type of veneer can offer an equal standard of improvement to appearance like that of porcelain.
- Veneers of composite material tend to be cheaper than porcelain though as they are less durable and may be in need of replacement more often.
- Organise an appointment with one of our skilled Toowong dentists to discuss your veneer treatment options.
How much are dental veneers?
Veneers can cost from as little as $500 each to over $2000. Good oral hygiene is expected with porcelain veneers just as you would normal healthy teeth.
As durable as they are a little extra care will need to be taken when it comes to eating tough foods and be sure to avoid grinding of your teeth.
|Initial Consultation $183.50||Assessment of;|
|a. tooth structure, vitality & foundation|
|b. gingivae - the gum; the mucous membrane, with supporting fibrous tissue, covering the tooth-bearing border|
|c. occlusion - the manner in which the upper and lower teeth come together when the mouth is closed|
|Item nos 014, 022x2, 061 $183.50|
Indicative Cost – You will be provided with a comprehensive treatment plan after your initial consultation.
|Porcelain||Single Veneer||2 veneers||4 veneers||6 veneers||8 veneers|
|Appointment 1||50% deposit required|
|Preparation: Item no 583||$646||$1292||$2261||$3230||$4199|
|Appointment 2||50% balance required|
|Fit and Check||$646||$1292||$2261||$3230||$4199|
|Appointment 3||Review||no charge|
|Cost of Veneers||$1,292||$2,584||$4,522||$6,460||$8,398|
|Composite||Single Veneer||2 veneers||4 veneers||6 veneers||8 veneers|
|Appointment 1||50% deposit required|
|Preparation & Fit: Item no 582||$475||$950||$1662||$2375||$3087|
|Appointment 2||Review||no charge|
|Cost of Veneers||$475||$950||$1,662||$2,375||$3,087|
If you are unsure whether veneers are right for you, please click here to email us or contact our professional team on (07) 3870 3220.
What problems do dental veneers fix?
Dental veneers are applied to enhance the appearance of a patient's teeth. They are used to hide the dental flaws of a person with cracked, chipped, stained, uneven or widely spaced teeth. The thin laminates smooth out the appearance of misaligned teeth by covering up the unevenness. They help to beautify discoloured teeth that are caused by old age, lifestyle habits – consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks ¬– as well as those that are genetically inherent.
Despite its versatility, dental veneers is strictly a cosmetic procedure that does not restore the function or strength of the affected teeth. It is recommended for patients who wish to correct the appearance of their otherwise healthy and functional natural teeth.
Benefits of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers offer a straightforward and minimally invasive technique to make your smile look more natural, bright, and healthy looking. People who are self conscious about the appearance of their teeth – or are embarrassed by them – can take advantage of veneers to give them a fast and effective smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers can transform your smile without the need for any surgical procedures. That means you get to save on expensive and time-consuming procedures while eliminating any associated risks or pain. Your veneers can mimic the shine and translucent quality that you find in real teeth enamel.
The porcelain material is strong enough to withstand prolonged and excessive use without causing damage. Even though they do not strengthen your underlying teeth, the laminate shells serve as a protective layer to shield them from wear and tear. Porcelain veneers possess high stain resistance properties as stain-causing substances slide off the smooth surface of the ceramic material.
Of course, the main benefit of porcelain veneers is that they can hide all your dental imperfections with a fast and effective procedure. In just two to three dental appointments, you will get a picture perfect smile without any need for recovery time or troublesome aftercare instructions.
How do I take care of my veneers?
It is not difficult to look after your veneers. In fact, it is very similar to taking proper care of your natural teeth. You should observe all the steps necessary in maintaining proper oral hygiene, such as twice daily brushing and flossing, at the very least. It is good practice to brush immediately after eating sugary or acidic foods. If you do not wish to wear down your veneers prematurely, you can use a non-abrasive type of fluoride toothpaste.
Just as it is advisable to visit a dentist at least two times a year to keep your natural teeth in check and professionally cleaned, regular dental visits are important for the maintenance of your veneered teeth. Dentists are also in the best position to check the condition of the veneers – to make sure they are not twisted or bent. You may be recommended a bite guard to protect your veneers if you happen to grind your teeth in your sleep.
A dentist may also help to polish your veneers if you wish to refresh their appearance after some time. You should refrain from eating hard foods to avoid chipping or cracking the veneers. Although they are made of robust material, excessive biting and chewing may still cause fractures. To preserve the radiance of the healthy-looking veneers for even longer, dentists generally recommend their patients to reduce their intake of stain-causing substances, like smoking, wine and coffee drinking.
As can be seen, it takes little extra effort to look after your veneered teeth, beyond what you would normally do for your natural teeth. Simply by exercising common sense when looking after your veneers, they can last anywhere between 5 to 10 years.
How are dental veneers applied?
The procedure typically begins with a complete dental check-up. A mould of the patient’s teeth will be taken and used as a model for constructing the veneers. The dentist will colour-match the shade of the restoration to the rest of the patient’s natural teeth. The veneer is created at a dental lab – which takes a few days – and delivered to the dentist for application.
The dentist will need to roughen the surface of the patient’s teeth to improve the adhesive bond strength between the veneers and the teeth. After the veneer has been applied, the adhesive will be cured using a specialised ultraviolet light. Final adjustments to the size and position may still be made at this juncture to ensure a seamless blend. The entire treatment may take up to two visits to complete.
To apply the veneer, the cosmetic dentist uses a small amount of dental adhesive that is cured with a specialized ultraviolet light. Once this adhesive has cured, the dentist will make minor adjustments to help the veneer blend seamlessly with the other teeth in the patient's mouth. The entire procedure may take about two visits to restore the perfect smile you desire.