Dental veneers in Highland Park and Robina
Dental veneers are a thin wafer-like material which is tooth coloured and made from either porcelain or composite resin (filling material). Veneers are made up of custom-made shells that are designed and bonded to cover the front portion of the teeth and are used to correct and repair chips and cracks or moderate tooth discolouration.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material which are bonded to teeth that are damaged, un-shapely, discoloured or in a poor condition to make it stronger.
Each veneer is created individually for each patient in a dental lab after an impression of the prepared teeth has been taken by the dentist.
It could take about four weeks to be made but once fitted, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a porcelain veneer and the natural tooth.
Patients who have major structural issues with their teeth, such as, cracks and large gaps between teeth or uneven, broken and stained teeth should consider porcelain veneers.
Advantages of porcelain veneers:
- It is translucent, giving them a more natural and conservative appearance.
- Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining.
- It is strong, very durable and rarely chip.
- They can last between 15 and 20 years they are well maintained.
- They can maintain the bright white colour for a much longer period of time than normal teeth.
Disadvantages of porcelain veneers:
- The waiting period for porcelain veneers could take about four weeks and require more than one dental visit.
- Once the process is complete, it cannot be reversed.
- Porcelain veneers can be costly and usually not repairable once cracked.
- Your teeth may become more sensitive.
Porcelain veneers FAQs
Porcelain veneers are designed to conceal a range of cosmetic imperfections, including cracks, large gaps between the teeth, stains and discolouration, and uneven or broken teeth. They are bonded to the surface of the damaged teeth to improve the appearance of the smile. Because they are custom-fitted, porcelain veneers have a natural appearance. They are made from a very strong and durable material that rarely chips, and can last for between 15 and 20 years if they are well taken care of.
Once you have had your porcelain veneers placed, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the veneers and your natural teeth. The porcelain veneers that we provide are translucent, which gives them a natural and conservative appearance. For this reason, they are a great option if you want to address a cosmetic issue, but would like to achieve a natural, healthy-looking smile. Porcelain veneers tend to maintain their bright white colour for a much longer period of time than natural teeth, and are resistant to staining.
Yes! We understand that porcelain veneers can be costly, and are not the right solution for everyone. For this reason, we also offer composite veneers. Composite veneers are a good option for patients who have minor issues with their teeth, like chipping, discolouration and minor misalignment. They are less costly than porcelain veneers and can generally be placed in a single visit. It’s important to note, however, that composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain veneers and are more likely to chip. They also stain more easily than porcelain veneers and require more maintenance. If you’re not sure which type of veneer is best for you, we recommend that you come in and see us.
Composite resin is applied in layers to the tooth. This is used to correct the shape, length and structure of the tooth. Each layer is hardened using a curing-light and when the process is complete the composite veneers are polished thoroughly before being attached to the tooth structure.
Composite veneers can be considered by patients who have minor issues with their teeth, such as, chipping or discoloration of natural teeth and minor misalignments of teeth.
Composite veneers last approximately between 5 to 10 years if they are cared for properly.
The advantages of composite veneers:
- Composite veneers can be completed in a single visit.
- It is less costly than porcelain veneers.
- The placement of composite veneers can be an easy and painless process.
- Composite veneers can be reversed.
The disadvantages of composite veneers:
- Composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain veneers and are more likely to chip.
- They require more maintenance than porcelain veneers.
- Composite veneers stain more easily than porcelain veneers.
- They cannot fill large gaps between teeth.
- Composite veneers cannot be used when a large portion of the tooth has broken off.
Please contact us at DC Dental in Highland Park or Robina for information on dental veneers.