A dental veneer is a thin piece of tooth-coloured material that’s cemented to the front surface of your natural teeth in order to give you a brighter and whiter smile. If you have an aesthetic problem with your teeth, such as severe discolouration caused by years of smoking, then dental veneers are a permanent solution to a cosmetic problem.
A dental veneer is custom designed to suit your mouth and teeth. They can be used to change the colour of your smile, but can also be used to change the shape, size or length of your teeth, creating the perfect smile.
What are Veneers Made from?
Your dentist will discuss the best possible material to use for your veneers with you. Most veneers are made from either porcelain or resin-composite materials, and both have their advantages and disadvantages over the other.
For most patients, porcelain veneers are the preferred option. This is because porcelain veneers tend to resist stains better than resin veneers, and they also better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
What Problems can Veneers Help Solve?
Veneers can help to fix a number of problems, including:
Teeth that have become discoloured and stained
Teeth that have become worn down or ground down
Chipped or broken teeth
Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
Teeth that have gaps between them
Are Veneers Permanent?
Veneers are widely considered to be a semi-permanent solution. Generally speaking, veneers last for 7-15 years. After this point, they will need to be replaced by another set. Your dentist will advise you of this during a check-up and will be able to provide you with updates on the health of your veneers during their lifetime.
However, to fit your veneers, your dentist will change the structure of your natural teeth in order to fit the veneer properly. This means that most of the outer layer of the enamel is often removed and, as a result, you will always need veneers on your teeth and will have to pay for a replacement set.
Do I Need to Take Special Care of my Veneers?
If you opt for dental veneers, you don’t need to take any special care of them. Simply follow your normal oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing as you normally would.
However, the length of time your veneers last for and resist stains for will depend partially on the food and drink you consume. As a result, it’s recommended that you lower your consumption of stain-causing drinks such as coffee or red wine.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
At The Gap Dental Practice, we’ve seen veneers become a popular form of treatment for anyone looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their teeth. However, due to the treatment required and the cost of the veneers, they’re not for everyone, and you may find something like a crown more suitable instead.
In order to understand whether a veneer is the right form of treatment for you and your teeth, simply get in touch with us on 07 3300 1277. We understand that nothing’s more important than your smile, and our expert team are on hand to help you.
We’re focused on providing the highest quality dental service to all of our patients and we’d love to give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of. Get in touch to book your appointment today and see how we can help you.
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5/23 Glen Affric Street, The Gap, QLD 4061
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