Are you embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth? Do they hold you back from smiling? Are you keen to learn more about the process of getting veneers? If so, stay on this page; you’ll find all you need to know about this dental veneers as popular cosmetic dental treatment.
You’re certainly not alone if you’re considering porcelain veneers. The global dental veneers market is projected to grow from US$1,559.28 in 2021 to US$2,3032.60 million by 2028.
If you have slightly crooked, damaged, or discoloured teeth, cosmetic dental veneers can change all of that and give your confidence a boost. Dental Veneers can also strengthen weak teeth (provided they are not decayed) due to the additional support of the ceramic shells.
Most patients find they are more interested in maintaining good oral health when they are confident in their smile. Veneers provide that confidence in abundance. Dental veneers also provide orthodontic benefits since they can correct slightly crooked teeth, giving the illusion of a perfectly straight and even smile without requiring time-consuming and costly braces or aligners.
Porcelain veneers look more natural than any other type of restoration and can easily be mistaken for natural teeth. This is because porcelain reflects light, just like natural teeth. You could even say that porcelain veneers are better than tooth enamel because they are stain-resistant. Clinical tests also show that porcelain veneers have a survival rate of 93.5% over 10 years and 82.93% at 20 years, making them a good investment for your money.
After you have consulted with our cosmetic dentist, Dr Jack Yang, you should know if you are a good candidate for the veneers procedure and can start scheduling the necessary appointments. You can read more about the process of getting veneers below, or why not book a consultation to find out more.
The process of getting veneers – All you need to know
The veneers procedure involves a few steps – impressions, prepping the teeth and creating your dental veneers.
Veneers consultation appointment
Having been approved for treatment, the first step in getting a new set of dental veneers is a consultation for x-rays and impressions. Our cosmetic dentist takes his time to sit with patients, discuss their smile goals and find out what they’re hoping to achieve.
Dr Yang believes in involving patients right from the start of the dental veneers journey. Innovative digital smile design software enables him to give patients an on-screen view of how their new smile with porcelain veneers will look. Ultimately this stage of the veneers procedure helps patients communicate their desired outcome and allows Dr Yang to make real-time adjustments to achieve the smile of their dreams.
Veneers procedure appointment
On the day of the procedure, our dentist removes a thin sliver of enamel from each tooth to create space for the veneers, so they fit flush within the smile and don’t impede the patient’s bite. Dr Yang will administer a local anaesthetic to help ease any discomfort. Then a digital impression of the prepped teeth creates 3D images that the dental lab uses to create bespoke porcelain veneers.
Next, our dentist applies temporary veneers to protect the prepared teeth while the patient waits for their permanent veneers to be created. Once they’re ready (typically around two-three weeks), the prepared teeth are etched with an acidic gel to produce a rough surface that provides better adhesion. Finally, the laminates are bonded to the teeth and hardened with a special light, which completes the veneers procedure. All that’s left to do is admire your amazing new smile in a mirror.
Getting used to your new dental veneers
The great thing about porcelain veneers is there is virtually no downtime. Some patients may experience slight sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of the tooth enamel, but that should soon subside. Aside from that, patients can flash their dazzling smiles for everyone to see.
About our porcelain veneers
Each veneer is personalised and cemented to the front of the teeth. Dr Yang is highly experienced in blending porcelain to achieve the exact shade you require and can even whiten your remaining teeth to match the colour of the veneers for a seamless smile.
At Beyond Infinity Dental, we use Infinity Veneers – which resolve some of the discolouration and staining problems associated with other veneers. Specially formulated blends of porcelain and adhesive cement ensure lifetime colour-stability for these thin veneers.
Alternatives to porcelain veneers
The process of getting porcelain veneers is permanent since once tooth enamel has been taken away, it cannot regenerate itself. In other words, the process is irreversible. Once a person has porcelain veneers, they will always have to maintain them and eventually replace them with new ones. Fortunately, maintenance involves little more than daily brushing and flossing combined with regular dental check-ups as you do with your natural teeth.
If a patient would rather have a trial run, they can always opt for composite veneers, which are reversible in most cases. Composites are a cheaper, faster option that involves applying tooth-coloured composite resin (the same used for fillings) to the surface of the teeth. It is then shaped, smoothed and hardened to create a flawless, long-lasting tooth surface. While the results are equally impressive, composites only last for around 5 years.
Are you considering veneers?
If you’d like to learn more about the process of getting veneers and whether they’re a suitable option for you, why not schedule a consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentist at Beyond Infinity Dental in Castle Hill or call us on . Dr Yang will be happy to explain your best options and talk you through each process. You’re just one step away from achieving your dream smile.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Insight Partners: Dental Veneers Market Global Analysis and Forecast 2021-2028
PubMed: Clinical Performance of Porcelain Laminate Veneers Up to 20 Years
Healthline: How Long Can you Expect Veneers to Last?