Porcelain Veneers Improving the Smiles of Melbourne and Beyond

Why get porcelain veneers?

Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their colour or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discoloured, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and colour stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist.

Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discoloured fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

How many appointments will I need?

Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.

During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimetre of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.

During the final “bonding” visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or colour. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the colour of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.

During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the colour of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.

Non-Prep Veneers or Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made of one or more colours that are matched closely to your adjacent teeth, and are mostly beneficial for correcting only one or two teeth.

Same-day treatment on a budget

Composite dental veneers are an ideal treatment for people with one or two teeth that they would like to improve the appearance of, or as many as 10 teeth at a time. We handcraft each composite veneer directly on your natural tooth, providing you with same-day aesthetic treatment. That way, you can change the way your smile looks without waiting for an appliance to be made in an off-site dental laboratory.

Conservative treatment to correct minor imperfections

Any composite dental veneer can be applied at just a single treatment appointment. The material used to make the restoration is carefully matched to the colour of your adjacent teeth, so that the composite will blend in when you’re looking at it. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers do not have any natural translucent properties, so they are best used on just a few teeth rather than your entire mouth.

Fast and efficient treatment process

What are you waiting for? Composite dental veneers can be performed in one visit and will instantly change the way you look at your smile. Your treatment visit will take 45-60 minutes, depending on the number of teeth you want to have treated.

Terms and Conditions

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Not all patients are suitable for this treatment.

Make an appointment today to learn more about teeth veneers. Call us on (03) 9614 1999