Do you have chips and cracks in your teeth or naturally yellow or grey teeth? Veneers are becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic dental treatment.Veneers not only improve the appearance of teeth, but they also help to make them stronger and better protected, giving you a healthy, beautiful smile.
Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted ‘shells’ that are applied and bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth in your smile zone and then shaped and coloured to best suit your natural smile. They are used to cosmetically correct teeth that are crooked or misshaped, or to cover up gaps, stains and chips in your teeth.
Initial consult : before veneers
At WPDC, Dr Effie will consult with you regarding what look that you may want to achieve with your new smile makeover.
There are many looks to choose from ranging from “The Hollywood Smile “ to “ The Natural Smile”.
Dr Effie will take photos and scans of your teeth and uses this information to individually design a 2 D smile suitable for you.
2 nd visit: Mock up over patient’s teeth using Genesis Test Smile Design System
A direct mock up of the designed veneers is placed directly over your teeth for you to try in and “test” your new smile.
The “Genesis Test Smile” simulates the final outcome, allowing predictable and beautiful results. It is low risk because you get the chance to try your proposed smile and feel 100% confident before committing to the final product.
3 rd visit:
Dr Effie will lightly sand the enamel on the teeth. Quite often no sanding of the enamel is required because the porcelain veneer thickness is only 0.3 mm.
A final impression is taken so that the veneers can be shaped for a perfect fit, with the correct colour and shape.
4 th visit:
This final visit is undertaken at our Collins St surgery in collaboration with our master ceramist. You will have the opportunity to try in your new porcelain veneers to ensure you are happy with the final result. Adjustments can be made on the spot , by our master ceramist, prior to the cementation process.
The result? A new smile and a happy face!
Try in of porcelain veneers ( half with veneers and half without)
Final cementation. Smile complete!
- Predictable outcomes using the “Genesis Test Smile System”
- Confidence in achieving the smile you deserve
- Very little or no actual tooth enamel is removed
- They are strong and stain resistant, ensuring a confident smile for many years to come
- This system produces very little discomfort
Bonding or composite veneers are a different type of cosmetic procedure that correct the appearance of chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth, but without the multiple steps required of porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers are a quick and affordable alternative, when only one or two teeth have an aesthetic flaw that need to be addressed. They’re a relatively affordable procedure and can last for several years.
This single appointment treatment is custom matched and shaped over the tooth, then bonded using a bright light. In less than an hour, your tooth can be completely reshaped. Composite resin is the same material used in tooth coloured fillings. After applied, we buff and polish the material so that it blends right in with your tooth.
As per any dental treatment, the cost of getting your veneers fitted tends to vary from patient to patient so we won’t be able to give you a direct quote without understanding how complex the procedure would be. Costs usually tend to differ when you take into account the possible X-rays needed, the process of bonding and your choice in material. Schedule a consultation with us today so we can assess your needs and give you a costing!
Getting veneers is a personal preference but here are some of the more common reasons as to why our patients select this dental treatment:
It’s always important to identify which type will suit you best so let us help make your decision easier. Composite veneers tend to be more affordable and can be fabricated faster than their porcelain counterparts. Fitting in composite veneers is a single-day operation that ensures minimal alterations are done to your natural teeth- so if you want the material to be removed and replaced at a moment’s notice, you can do so easily! Porcelain tends to be a far stronger material so they surpass composite veneers in terms of durability! They can last for up to 10-15 years if maintained well and its strength makes it highly resistant to staining and chipping. We will conduct an oral health evaluation during your consultation and lay out which option may be best for you.
Maintaining your dental health after a procedure is extremely important. Any special after-care requirements and follow-up appointments will be given to you by your practitioner. In terms of general oral health, you can make sure you stick to that usual routine of brushing and flossing because, while your veneers can’t decay, your underlying teeth can! Avoid grinding your teeth or biting down hard on things- in fact, when you chew, try and shift your food to your back teeth and avoid using your veneered teeth.