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Sometimes we all need a little facade to feel confident and at our best. Find out how dental veneers can help makeover your smile.
Dental veneers are thinly sculptured shells used to improve the colour and shape of discoloured, chipped or crooked teeth.
Ultra-thin veneers are popular cosmetic options because teeth require only basic preparation and the results offer a long-lasting white smile without the use of bleaching techniques.
Placing a porcelain veneer or composite veneer is a relatively simple cosmetic dentistry procedure. A general dentist who also focuses on cosmetic dental work and tooth restoration can provide this service.
Dental veneers last a long time when properly cared for, so you’ll be sharing your smile for many years.
Contact us if you want to give your teeth a cosmetic makeover or keep reading to learn more about veneers.
The first dental veneers were developed in the 1930s and were temporarily applied using dental adhesive. Some modern veneers can last for decades and are a popular option for improving dental aesthetics.
Dental Veneers are finely sculptured shells that are bonded to the front of the tooth. They may be made of porcelain or a composite material usually comprising plastic and glass.
They are used to change the physical appearance of teeth, including colour, shape, position and length. Chipped front teeth can be repaired with veneers and using them can also reduce the gaps between teeth to provide a more uniform appearance.
Veneers can be preferable to dental crowns as they are less likely to show discolouration where the restoration meets the gum line.
Porcelain is a highly preferred substance for creating veneers because of its ability to reflect light and produce a similar translucent lustre as natural teeth. Porcelain can also be treated in a way that assists with colour matching to surrounding natural teeth.
Applying porcelain veneers involves the removal of a thin layer of enamel from the teeth. An impression of the teeth is then taken and the veneers are fabricated to cover the natural surface.
The surfaces of the teeth are then cleaned and etched with a very mild acid to provide the right surface for a special bonding agent to be applied.
The porcelain veneers are then placed on the teeth and a special white light is used to help the bonding agent set before any excess is removed and each veneer is polished.
The creation of porcelain veneers is a highly specialised process so it may take a little time for them to be produced. The application of such veneers usually takes up to two individual trips to the dentist.
Well looked after porcelain veneers can last for up to 25 years. Regular maintenance and professional care can prolong the life of porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers are comprised of a resin or plastic like material that is created with another composite element such as glass. They provide a life-like appearance and can offer an equal standard of aesthetic improvement to porcelain.
One of the primary differences to porcelain is that composite veneers can be built up directly in the mouth of the patient. Composite veneers are bonded and moulded to the front of the teeth and this can often be achieved in a single sitting.
They tend to cost less but because they are made of a substance that is porous, they can be less resistant to discolouration, less durable and may need replacement more often.
With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning, composite veneers can last between 4-8 years.
Veneers are safe and relatively low-risk when carried out by a qualified dental practitioner. They are designed to be relatively permanent, and it's important to make sure they are created and applied safely.
The cost of Dental Veeners should not always be the factor in choosing the dentist. The experience of the dentist doing the procedure can affect the price, and more importantly, the quality of the treatment.
The type of veneer will also vary the cost. Porcelain veneers cost more than composite, due to their higher-grade material and longer life. Composite veneers will be a lower cost, and generally require replacement more often.
If you’re looking for payment options to make Dental Veneers more affordable, a dental payment plan can help. Ask your dentist about their payment plan options. This way, you still benefit from the expertise of a dentist but it helps you avoid having to make the complete payment up-front.
If you want to have a straight, white and even smile but are nervous about dental treatment, Snap on Smile may be the answer.
Snap on Smile is a custom-fitted appliance designed for your individual mouth - a removable row of teeth that sit over your own. Made from reinforced resin, it is thin yet strong and can be easily maintained. You can simply snap it over your existing teeth for the smile makeover you desire.
Snap on Smile is available for both the upper and lower teeth and can be used as either a long term or temporary solution that does not interfere with normal eating and drinking.
You don't have to change the structure of your teeth or experience the discomfort of being numb with Snap on Smile. It fits over your existing teeth to give you a full dental make-over.
You and your dentist can work together to pick the style and shade of your new smile. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth, and you will return in three weeks for a final fitting and can wear your Snap on Smile home.
The Snap on Smile price may vary depending on your individual needs, so it is best to speak to your dentist. However, this is generally a more cost-effective treatment than braces or other forms of smile straightening.
Snap on Smile Australia is a less expensive option than braces that suits those who are dental phobic or medically compromised. Some people may find it a good alternative if they cannot have implants or bridges.
This is also a great option for those with a removable partial denture who are looking for something more comfortable.
It suits those with gaps, stained, missing or crooked teeth.
However, it cannot fix any structural problems with your teeth or improve functional performance. It only works to improve your appearance.
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