Often considered a person’s most memorable feature, a smile is one of the most important parts of making a good first impression not only in a business setting but in your personal life too. If your pearly whites aren’t quite as pearly as they use to be, consider dental veneers as a way to repair chipped, cracked or stained teeth. Made from a thin layer of porcelain shell or composite resin, dental veneers are customised to fit your teeth – and you can even get them to mask the positioning of your natural teeth in your mouth (great for those who don’t want braces). So, before you invest, let’s talk a little more about what dental veneers are and how you can benefit from them.
What are dental veneers and how do they work?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that adhere to the fronts of your teeth. More than likely, you’ll only need dental veneers for your most visible teeth such as your incisors and canines as the others can be covered with crowns. The ceramic or resin material used for your veneers are tinted to a shade of whiteness as selected by you or recommended by your dentist to best suit your complexion. Veneers are a great choice for those who want to keep their natural teeth but may have significant staining, cracks, or chips.
What is the procedure like and is it painful?
To get dental veneers, you will be required to attend a consultation to ensure they are the best option for you. From there, the veneers will be designed to fit your teeth and before they are applied, you will receive a thorough polish and clean after your teeth are sanded or grinded ground down about 0.3 -0.5mm. Typically, the procedure is not painful though you may experience minimal some discomfort. This process may take up to three dental visits to complete with the veneers lasting anywhere from seven 7 to 15 years. Dental veneers do not require any special care, though when they are new you should avoid hard foods and anything that may stain your teeth such as smoking, red wine, and coffee.
Advantages of dental veneers
Probably one of the best advantages of dental veneers is that they are fairly non-invasive when compared to braces and other orthodontic procedures and are totally customisable in terms of shade and shape. They do not require extensive shaping of your teeth like crowns or caps, and when removing the veneers, your teeth should still be healthy, alive and functional. Dental veneers also offer a natural tooth appearance without causing inflammation or irritation in the gums.
Disadvantages of dental veneers
The biggest disadvantage to dental veneers is their steep price, costing about $1,000 – $2,000 $800 – $1100 per tooth depending on the material you select and the amount of damage that needs to be repaired. It may also be daunting to consider that once they are applied, they are there to stay for the next decade. Though they are hard to chip or crack if this does happen, you will need to get it removed and replaced with a new one. If you invest in other cosmetic procedures, such as lip injections or fillers, the changes to your face can affect the appearance of your veneers.
If you’re searching for more information about dental veneers or want to find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure, contact our team at Tooth Crusader today on (02) 8097 1838. We can step you through your options and the procedure as well as answer any questions you may have regarding dental veneers and any other dental procedures.