Veneers can be a great option for people who want to improve the appearance of their crooked teeth. But what is a veneer, and how is it placed? Let’s find out!
What are veneers?
Veneers are a popular cosmetic procedure used to enhance the appearance of teeth. They are shells of composite or porcelain material designed to fit over the front surface of your natural teeth, improving their shape, size, colour, and overall appearance. Once the porcelain veneers have adhered to the tooth’s surface, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and can vastly improve a person’s smile. Composite veneers use a lighter version of an adhesive material which is typically used for minor repairs and more subtle improvements. Both porcelain and composite veneers can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by chips, fractures, or routine wear and tear and offer lasting results with proper care.
Veneers can be used to fix a number of dental issues, including crooked teeth, worn down teeth, gaps between teeth, discoloured teeth, and even misshapen teeth.
How are veneers placed?
The process begins with a consultation with your dentist. During this visit, your dentist will discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure and determine whether tooth veneers are the best option for you. If they are, the next step is to prepare your teeth for the veneers. This involves removing a small amount of enamel from each tooth that will receive a veneer in order to ensure that the finished product fits in properly with the rest of your natural teeth and looks completely natural.
Once your teeth have been prepped, an impression will be taken of them and sent off to a lab where your custom-made veneers will be created. While you wait for your permanent veneers to arrive (usually about two weeks), you’ll wear temporary ones to protect your teeth during this time period. Finally, when your permanent set arrives from the lab, it’ll be fitted onto each tooth and then sealed off using special dental cement. The end result is a perfect set of pearly whites!
How to maintain your veneers?
Avoid bad habits
Certain habits can be damaging to both your natural teeth and the veneers that now cover them. Habits such as nail-biting or chewing on hard objects, like pencils or ice cubes, should be avoided at all costs. The same goes for grinding your teeth—while this is a natural response to stress, it can chip or even break your veneers if not monitored and controlled. Speak with your dentist about getting a night guard if you find yourself grinding your teeth while asleep.
Regular oral hygiene routine
Even with veneers, oral hygiene can’t be neglected! In fact, it’s even more vital now than ever before. Be sure to floss and brush twice a day and rinse with a good mouthwash regularly at home. Additionally, visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and checkups; this way, any potential problems with the veneers can be addressed quickly before becoming bigger issues down the road.
Be mindful of what you drink and eat
You may need to adjust what types of food and beverages you consume when wearing veneers in order to prevent staining or damage. Foods that are overly acidic (such as oranges) or heavy in sugar (like candy) should be consumed sparingly as they can erode away at the enamel of both your natural teeth and the veneers on top of them over time.
And while most drinks are fine in moderation, too much coffee or tea can stain the porcelain surface of the veneer itself, so try sticking with water instead whenever possible!
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
Durability and strength
One of the main advantages of dental veneers is that they are incredibly durable and strong. Porcelain is a strong material that can withstand everyday wear and tear. With proper care, such as regular dental cleanings, flossing once a day, and brushing two times daily, your veneers should last for many years—in some cases, up to 10 years! That’s why it’s essential to maintain a healthy oral care routine if you get veneers.
Improved appearance and natural look
Dental veneers also provide an improved appearance and natural look since they are made from porcelain material that mimics real tooth enamel. This means they look just like real teeth, making them indistinguishable from your natural teeth in terms of colour and shape. You can even choose the shade that best suits your complexion, allowing you to customise your smile with ease. Plus, because porcelain is translucent like real tooth enamel, light reflects off it in much the same way it does off real teeth—ensuring a truly natural-looking result every time!
Dental veneers are also great if you want fast results without having to wait months or even years for results like with braces or other treatments like Invisalign.
Once the preparation work is done—which includes filing down existing teeth so the veneer can fit over them—the actual installation process only takes one visit at most dentists’ offices. You can walk away with a brand-new smile right away!
Maintaining dental veneers is quite straightforward – all it requires is regular brushing and flossing, as well as frequent visits to the dentist. And since they are stain-resistant, they won’t discolour over time like natural teeth would. Additionally, unlike other treatments such as braces or crowns that require special cleaning solutions or tools, caring for dental veneers simply involves using standard toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Have a smile makeover at Beyond Infinity Dental
Let Beyond Infinity Dental help you showcase your beautiful smile with our premium quality teeth veneers. Our skilled dentists have years of experience crafting high-grade porcelain and other materials to craft veneers that look natural, are highly durable, and last for decades with proper care. Plus, our modern technologies ensure each veneer is perfectly matched to every individual patient’s mouth. Brighten up your teeth with Beyond Infinity Dental and take advantage of a noticeably whiter, healthier smile in no time.
Call us at (02) 8806 3799 to schedule your consultation.