Veneers in Pakenham
What are Veneers?
Veneers are a porcelain or composite resin layer of material that are bonded onto the surface of teeth. Consequently the visible portion of the tooth is encased in order to hide imperfections, improve teeth colour, reshape appearance and fill gaps. Veeners are often used as a cheaper alternative to dental crowns, as they can completely refurbish your teeth and smile. Similar to most dental restorations, veneers are not a permanent solution and may someday need replacement. However they are durable and can last many years, giving you a perfect long lasting smile.
Suitable Treatment For Patients with:
- Stained teeth
- Cosmetic imperfections in tooth structure
- Uneven spacing
- Good Oral Health
- Sufficient Tooth Enamel
- Moderately Straight Teeth
- You do not grind or clench your teeth
Types of Veneers
A porcelain veneer has a translucent quality that is very similar to the enamel of a natural tooth. As a result it is much more expensive material than composite resin, but yields a much longer lifespan due to it's strength and durability. This is an important factor to consider when comparing procedures using the lower cost material, composite resin. Furthermore the material is highly resistance to staining and chipping giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
The primary advantage of using composite resin for the procedure is cost. Many patients consider the financial aspect of a treatment very important, which may lead them to choose composite resin for their veneer material. Direct composite veneers are sculpted on your teeth rather than produced offsite in a laboratory like porcelain. A tooth-shaded resin is applied directly to the tooth where your dentist will shape and harden the material with a high intensity ultraviolet light. Once the resin has cemented in place, the tooth is polished to elicit a more natural tooth-like appearance. This procedure is much less invasive and quicker to administer than porcelain.
How are Veneers placed?
Getting veneers placed generally requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anaesthesia required during the procedure. A veneer is basically a conservative version of a crown, where the tooth must be lightly buffed and reshaped to allow for the thickness of the resin or porcelain material. Reshaping allows for many adjustments which is why your teeth can be straightened to perfection, recoloured to a desired shade and gaps can be closed. In the first visit to our clinic, we will take a mould or impression of your teeth and select the desired shade (colour). On the second visit your teeth will be cleaned with special liquids to ensure the adhesive will bond onto your teeth. Bonding cement is placed between the tooth and veneer and professionally hardened with an ultraviolet light.
Teeth whitening may be necessary to match the colour of your existing teeth which do not receive veneers. You will receive instructions for the best way to care for your new veneers including proper brushing, flossing and suggested timeframes for check-ups.