Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you, so it is essential that you feel good about it. Your teeth play a huge factor in that perfect smile, however, there are many people who do not feel confident about their smiles and would want to change it. Fortunately, the field of dentistry has evolved so much that now it is possible to get that perfect smile you wish for.
Yes, dental veneers can do that for you! Whether your teeth are discoloured, misaligned, unevenly spaced or chipped, dental veneers can correct them and provide an aesthetic appeal and natural look.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of medical grade ceramic that are bonded to front of the teeth, imparting natural look while also providing strength. Each veneer is individually crafted and is made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel. Dental veneers are used for an impressive number of cosmetic teeth corrections, ranging from whitening your teeth to orthodontic adjustments.
Types of Dental Veneers
The two most common materials used in dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Both types of veneers are manufactured by dental technicians in dental laboratory. Dental technicians are the ones who have completed their diploma in dental technology and work with dentists to provide oral healthcare to patients.
Uses of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are used to fix almost any irregularity in the appearance of your smile. Whether the teeth are cracked, chipped or worn down, veneers can easily correct them, discoloured or deep stained teeth can be converted to pearly white. Often even missing teeth and large gaps and spaces can be hidden with dental veneers.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can completely transform your smile and the many benefits provided by them make them one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in Australia and around the world. Here are some of the benefits:
Solve multiple dental problems –
One of the most significant advantages of dental veneers is the fact that they can solve many dental problems at once, including discolouration, misaligned teeth, cracked teeth and gaps in your smile. However, they can serve more than that, they also protect teeth and improve the function and feel of your smile by making teeth more symmetrical, creating smooth arc to your bite, splinting cracked teeth and making short teeth more proportionate.
An alternative to orthodontics –
Resorting to orthodontics for correction of your smile is a huge commitment and investment of your time and energy. Instead, dental veneers can be used allowing quick and effective correction of minor dental problems and due to this veneers are also known as instant orthodontics.
Whiter Smile –
Another benefit provided by dental veneers is their ability to whiten your smile. The dental veneers are bright, natural in colour and are translucent. They allow light to pass through and reflect off your natural teeth giving a luminous smile. The non-porous surface of dental veneers also helps protect against future stains and maintain the beauty of your smile for many years to come as they are durable.
What to Expect During the Veneer Procedure?
The dental veneer procedure is very simple and requires very little tooth preparation, so you do not have to worry about getting anaesthesia or dealing with any discomfort.
The first part of the procedure requires the dentist to remove small amount of enamel, about half a millimetre, from your teeth before applying veneers. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to dental laboratory where dental technician will prepare the veneers, which takes about 1-2 weeks.
Next step is the placement, the dentist checks the fit and colour of the veneers and prepares the teeth for placement by cleaning them thoroughly and roughening the surface to improve the adhesion. The veneer is attached to the tooth with special cement and then laser light is used to harden it.
You may be scheduled for a follow-up a few weeks after the procedure to ensure that the veneers are properly placed and causing no discomfort.
You just need to follow a regular oral hygiene by brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once as you normally would do. You can expect dental veneers to last for 5 to 10 years.
The Cost Involved
Dental veneers are incredibly affordable and convenient thanks to advancement in dental technology and due to many students undertaking dental diploma courses in Australia. The technology empowers the technicians to create veneers and other dental appliance with ease and less cost involved so the procedure has become affordable. However, to achieve that dazzling smile you always yearned for, you would need two treatment sessions and that too at a fraction of the cost of orthodontic or crown and bridge work.
To achieve best results, dental veneers should be placed by an experienced dentist and the lifespan of your veneers depends on how well you care for them.