Dental veneers can dramatically change the look of your smile. Unlike other options, veneers specifically correct cosmetic issues. This means they are great for people who have healthy smiles but lack confidence due to the look of their teeth. However, there is still a lot that people don’t know about this treatment and what it can do to give them the smile of their dreams.
What can custom dental veneers do for you?
You can easily change the shape of your smile and teeth with dental veneers. Many people feel there are issues with the shape and look of their teeth. For instance, people feel their smiles are too small or narrow. Issues like these can make people less confident and think there is nothing that can be done without removing teeth. However, veneers can correct these issues easily, all without invasive surgery.
Custom dental veneers are mainly applied to fix discolouration, alignment issues and change the colour of teeth. Furthermore, some people have gaps or alignment problems but do not want to use orthodontics. Veneers are a great alternative to braces and whitening. Instead of taking months or years to straighten the teeth, they quickly cover the issue as well as enabling you to choose how white and bright you want them.
Porcelain vs Composite veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain adhered to the outer surface of the tooth. Composite veneers are engineered resin affixed to the outer surface. Both are made to match your teeth and improve your overall smile.
The quicker of the two dental veneers are composite veneers. This is because they can be done chairside in the same visit. Your dentist will match the resin to the shade of your surrounding teeth for the most natural look. The resin is added to your teeth, cured and then polished. You can walk out the same day with a new smile!
Porcelain veneers typically take at least two visits. Your dentist will remove a very thin layer of your teeth, take an impression of the teeth receiving the veneers and send the mould out to a lab. While you are waiting on your veneer(s) to be fabricated you can wear temporary veneers. When you come back for your second visit, your porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth.
With proper care, porcelain veneers should last 10-15 years. Composite veneers, on the other hand, typically last 4-8 years. While porcelain is fragile, once bonded to a healthy tooth it is extremely durable. Composite is durable but not as strong as porcelain and is more prone to chipping. However, if damage were to happen to a porcelain veneer, it would have to be replaced, it cannot be repaired. If you chip a composite veneer, you can repair it.
The translucent properties of porcelain allow the veneer to catch light in the same way a natural tooth does. Another incredible benefit of porcelain veneers is they are stain-resistant. If you receive this type of veneer on most of your upper and lower teeth, this could mean no more having to whiten your natural teeth. Composite resin will stain like natural teeth. Another thing to note is porcelain veneers are not reversible, composite veneers are, if you were to be unhappy with your teeth at any point.
Our team at Carine Glades Dental Care are experts in both composite and porcelain custom veneers. Give us a call today on (08) 9448 3922 or visit us online here to talk about your options and see what we can do to help transform your smile.