Classic Smiles Dental
What are Dental Veneers?
According to the Australian Dental Association, veneers are thin tooth coloured layers of beautiful porcelain that are fixed onto the front of your teeth. Veneers are suitable in treating teeth with gaps, stain, and discolouration. They can also be used for broken tooth, crooked, oddly shaped or simply badly-aligned teeth.
Did you know:
It was in the late 1920s when veneers were first invented. They were used on movie sets for the entire duration of filming to give actors the perfect smiles.
Do You Need Dental Veneers? Here are the statistics that You may want to Know
• 99.7% of adults say a beautiful smile is an important personal and social asset.
• 96% of people say that a nice smile makes a person more attractive.
• 75% of people believe that a bad smile is can negatively impact one’s career.
Want to achieve a perfect smile and reap its benefits, but not sure if you need dental veneers? Here are the signs that indicate that it’s time to consult your cosmetic dentist’.
• Damaged teeth: Tooth that looks worn down due to use, or damaged because of sugary food consumption.
• Stained teeth: Teeth that are discoloured and are already resistant to teeth whitening.
• Crooked teeth: Teeth that are not properly aligned or irregularly shaped
• Gaps: Teeth with spaces or gaps in between them
Did you know:
Based on a study by Kelton Research, 73% of people believe that those with straight teeth are more trustworthy than those whose teeth are not properly aligned.
Porcelain vs Composite Veneers
There are two popular options when using veneers, porcelain and composite veneers.
This uses resin in applying layers to the tooth and is sculpted in the mouth directly. It is preferred for conditions such as chipping or discolouration of teeth. Composite veneer can also be used in treating minor misalignments.
• Lasts up to 10 years
This cosmetic dental treatment involves the bonding of a thin sculpted porcelain veneer to the outside surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are most suited for conditions wherein there is severe tooth discoloration or when, malformation or misalignment of teeth is apparent.
• Lasts from 5 to 10 years (Max. lifespan: 20 years)
Generally, cosmetic or porcelain veneers can produce great results. To know which one is suited for you best, it is recommended to consult a cosmetic dentist who can help you decide.
Porcelain Veneer- procedure
Provisional veneers will be fitted to your teeth in order to determine the new tooth contours. This treatment will be planned and previewed on previously made study models of your mouth to a prescription that will conform to ideal aesthetic and functional ideals.
From the work completed on the models of your teeth, we will transfer these new contours to your teeth in the form of provisional restorations. These provisional restorations will serve as aesthetic and functional prototypes that will allow us to refine the ideal contours of your teeth over the following few weeks.
This work will be based largely on your original mock up, however as discussed at your original consultation, and subject to your input, the final result will be 5-7 % smaller overall. (this is because our mock up in your mouth was necessarily larger than the final result). You will also have input into the shape of the final veneers. The veneers will only be cemented in your mouth when you are satisfied with the results. We use a “try in” cement, and you actually get to see the veneers in your mouth prior to them being cemented permanently. Should you not be entirely satisfied, the veneers are sent back for modifications and this process is repeated until you are happy with the work.
In order to preserve and maintain existing tooth structure as well as your new restorations, we will need to fit a night splint. A night splint is a firm, slim-fitting acrylic guard that is custom fitted to your teeth and is comfortable to wear at night whilst sleeping. The aim of this splint is to provide a surface for your teeth to grind against, and to therefore protect them. The shape of this splint also allows it to guide jaw motion and force, so as to limit the strain on the jaw muscles and joints, thereby protecting these tissues.
Composite veneers are placed and shaped on the one day in a long single visit, often lasting 3 hours or more.
At completion, you will need to return for multiple follow up visits over the following few weeks, whereby we adjust your new teeth to perfectly meet your requirements regards shape and size. In this way we can custom make your veneers to your exact specifications. When we are both satisfied, we take photographs and issue you with a protective night splint.
Proper Care for Veneers
People with veneers can still suffer from tooth decay, making it important to practice good dental hygiene and proper care.
• Oral Hygiene is a Must.
When it comes to oral hygiene, treat veneers like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are advised to keep them clean.
• Correct Bad Habits.
Biting hard materials and clenching or teeth grinding should be avoided to prevent damage to veneers.
• Visit Your Dentist Regularly.
It is a must to regularly visit your dentist to keep your veneers clean and to check for any sign of damage.
How Much Does a Veneer Costs?
The cost of veneer varies and is usually affected by several factors, including:
• Type of Veneer
• Dental Laboratory Charges
• Quality of Work
When it comes to cost vs. quality, there is no substitute for the latter. To find the best rates on cosmetic or porcelain veneers, we advise searching for reputable cosmetic dentists.
Classic Smiles, headed by Dr. William Zafiropoulos, a reputable cosmetic dentist in Sydney offers a range of dental treatments including teeth whitening, invisalign, dental crown and bridge, porcelain and cosmetic veneers, and teeth whitening.