Porcelain Veneers: The Fast Route to a Beautiful Smile
Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that can significantly improve the look of your teeth. Dental veneer teeth are thin shells of porcelain, made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. They bond to the teeth’s surface to stay in place and can improve the size and colour of your teeth. Dental veneers provide a quick solution, taking a few weeks from your first consultation to create the smile you want.
When Should You Consider Dental Veneers?
If you have discoloured or damaged teeth and are looking for a quick solution to give you back your smile, then veneers may well be the solution you’ve been looking for. They are an excellent way to fix teeth that are discoloured, chipped or crooked. They can also be used to close gaps and correct small misalignments.
If you are looking for a cosmetic treatment to enhance the brightness of your teeth or to straighten your smile, veneer teeth offer a less intrusive solution than crowns or braces. What’s more, you don’t need to wait for months on end for the results to start showing. Once they’ve been created and placed, you’re good to go. Meaning, you can get on with your life and put the smile back on your face in no time.
To be a great candidate for veneer teeth all you need is:
- Know what you want to achieve
- Have good dental health, without signs of gum disease
- To have a sufficient layer of enamel on your teeth
- Be committed to good oral care and hygiene
The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers have long been the gold standard in dental veneers. They provide a superior cosmetic result to alternatives such as composites. As a material, porcelain is the closest equivalent to the sheen, look and feel of natural teeth. For this reason, porcelain veneers deliver the most natural looking smiles as a result.
Unlike composite veneers, which are made on-the-spot by dentists, porcelain veneers are crafted in a lab by specialist technicians. They are designed specifically for your teeth to ensure that they fit perfectly and deliver the results you desire. What’s more, composite veneers can become discoloured, while porcelain veneers are impervious to stains. Typically, they last for 10-15 years, and you can ensure your smile stays sparkling white in the meantime.
Getting Veneer Teeth – The Process
As one person’s reasons for getting dental veneers differs from another, so do the stages needed to get there. However, while the steps required vary depending on what you are trying to achieve, the process of getting dental veneers is a relatively simple one. The best porcelain veneers are ones that are custom made to your teeth. When they are custom made, it ensures you achieve the most natural looking and comfortable fitting.
To ensure you complete your treatment with a sparkling new dental veneer-enriched smile, you will go through the following three stages:
The first step with any cosmetic dental treatment is to talk it through at a dental practice. You will get the opportunity to explain what you want to achieve with your cosmetic treatment. Your dentist will explain your options and recommend the best course of treatment. If porcelain veneers are an option, the next step is to have x-rays and an oral examination to ensure suitability.
2. Preparing Your Teeth
To fit porcelain veneers, your dentist will need to prepare your teeth. Firstly, the dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth in question. The idea is that the veneer will replace the removed enamel, leaving your tooth no thicker than it was. Removing the shiny outer layer of enamel also creates a better surface for the veneer to bond on to. Only a small amount of drilling is required, and no anaesthetic is needed.
The dentist will check the colour, size and fit that you require and then take impressions for the technician to use to create your porcelain veneers. This will ensure they are a perfect fit.
3. Fitting Your Porcelain Veneers
Once your porcelain veneers have been made it is time to get them fitted. The dentist will show them to you and hold them in place to check the fit and ensure you are happy before proceeding. At this point, the dentist will check your bite and make any minor alterations. The porcelain veneers will be fixed in place once you are both happy to proceed.
Before fitting the teeth veneers, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any contaminants. A gel is applied to the tooth to create a better bonding agent, cement is also placed on the back of the porcelain veneer, and the tooth put in place. Once the dental veneer is in position, a curing light is used to harden the bond. This process is used to ensure the dental veneers stay in place for years to come.
What is the Cost of Veneers?
The teeth veneer cost will vary according to your individual needs. The cost of veneers is also dependent upon the number of teeth.
We understand that paying for your dental work can be challenging, so to help you achieve the smile you deserve we have several payment plans in place:
- Certegy Ezi-Pay: A flexible, no interest payment plan that enables you to receive your dental treatment. You then pay it back over an agreed timeframe.
- Pensioner and student discounts: Receive up to 15% off. Bulk billing is available for routine dental treatment for children under the age of 12.
- Medicare child benefit scheme: Funding of up to $1,000 available to families who receive certain benefits.
- Health funds: We accept health funds and are a preferred provider for Medibank Private, HCF and Cbhs.
- Smile.com.au: a subscription-based service giving you reduced dental treatment fees.
Would like to know more about any of our payment options? We would be more than happy to explain your options and help you find an affordable solution.
Why Choose Dental Veneers?
Veneers are an excellent solution to allow you to brighten up your smile quickly; they offer the following key benefits:
- Virtually undetectable when bonded to the teeth
- Robust and able to withstand reasonable force
- Highly resistant to stains
- Incredibly comfortable
Why Choose Acacia Dental Group?
Placing custom dental veneers requires a high degree of technical skill, attention to detail and experience. At our dental practice in Woden, we routinely place porcelain veneers and understand how to design them correctly to match our patient’s needs.
Our dental veneers are made from the highest quality porcelain and bonded with the most advanced materials available. With Acacia Dental Group you can have confidence that your dental veneer treatment will give you a smile you want.
Acacia Dental’s Free Cosmetic Consultation
If you’re considering getting dental veneers or are simply unhappy with the look of your teeth, then why not come and see us for a free cosmetic evaluation? We are helping patients in Canberra to brighten their smiles and would love to help you do the same.
Call us today on (02) 6281 2222 for your free cosmetic consultation.