What is a porcelain veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a thin tooth-shaped wafer of high grade porcelain that is bonded to your tooth to enhance its colour, shape and mild poor tooth position issues with your smile.
What are the best quality veneers made of?
According to well documented research, the highest quality veneers are made from strong, durable and natural looking porcelain.
How long do veneers last?
If you practice good oral hygiene, don’t clench and grind your teeth and use the right night protection, they should last 15-20 years.
They can be carefully removed and replaced without unnecessary damage to the tooth structure by simply repeating the fabrication process.
Who should I get veneers from?
You should get veneers from someone phenomenal. Like any cosmetic work, creating veneers is both an impactful medical procedure and an art form. You should find the best cosmetic dentist who specialises in this type of work.
If you want natural looking teeth, look for a dentist with experience in cosmetic dentistry. You need a dentist who:
- you can communicate with easily,
- seeks an accurate understanding of your goals and needs,
- customises a smile design specifically for you,
- provides before and afters to ensure that you are satisfied with the result.
What are the benefits of customised veneers?
Even if you are able to get a copy of the exact same set of teeth from the most beautiful person you know, it’s unlikely to suit your facial features and personality. Hint: if you can obviously tell someone has had their teeth done, it’s probably not “well” done. Veneers should look natural and be designed to suit the person.
For a natural look that expresses “YOU”.
How veneers customised at Leeming Dental?
We customise veneers via good digital design and planning.
A thorough analysis of your face is made via photos, 3D models or traditional models to determine the exact size, shape, position proportion, relationship of each individual visible tooth relative to your facial features.
You may not know it but even your personality, how you act, your expressions, your occupation, family and social life can be taken into account to ensure your veneers are designed to be versatile and functional for your personal lifestyle.
How can I preview what the final veneer result will look like?
After a through facial analysis, proposed veneers can be shown to a patient and trialled to ensure they look great in real life and you find yourself thinking “Hello there! Sexy me!” or “Yep that’s so ME ” when you look in the mirror.
On the rare occasion that it doesn’t feel like a mini dream come true, adjustments can be made and trialled until it does.
The same process can also be trialled directly over the patients teeth based on the the treating dentist’s sculpting skills. These temporary veneers may feel slightly thicker since they are only designed to preview the veneer outline and to cover your existing teeth temporarily. Your permanent veneers will feel a lot thinner and smoother.
As Dr Sonny often say to his patients, if you think your temporary veneers look good, wait till you see the real ones!
How do I know what veneer colour is right for me?
The most radiant colour with which you feel comfortable or feel like flaunting.
This is a very common question. If you did a colour analysis of natural teeth, there are hundreds of colours, with the most common ones other than white being yellows and greys. It’s about finding the right balance between your existing tooth colour, lips, gums and skin tone to order to make a customised decision.
More often than not, it’s the shape and material of the veneers that are more important considerations because they are the main factors dictating how the veneer reflects and take ups colour from its surroundings.
How much do veneers cost in Australia?
In Australia, veneers commonly range from $1000 to $3000 per veneer. The reason why it’s so expensive is because customising veneers is a labour intensive process that requires sophisticated dental technology.
Cheaper one size-fits-all veneers are available, but they are usually poor fitting and easy to spot because they don’t look natural.
There is usually a consultation fee for an initial examination and consultation for veneer treatment. However, with Leeming dental, this fee is waived and goes towards treatment costs if you decide to go ahead with your proposed treatment plan in the future.
We recommend that you ask your dentist for payment plan options, since veneer treatment is a costlier long term investment in your smile.
Will my teeth be shaved to “sticks” to receive a veneer?
The short answer is NO.
Conserving healthy necessary tooth structure is very important. However, seating veneers without any adjustment to your natural teeth, can often lead to less than desirable results, related to how the veneer and other teeth harmonise and match.
Therefore careful diagnosis and planning is extremely important when deciding what thickness and material is required to give you a result you’ll be happy with. Sometimes orthodontics or inviolable braces may be more suitable or work in conjunction with veneer treatment to deliver a result without unnecessarily sacrificing tooth structure.
We always plan for the most minimal amount of tooth preparation required. We do not remove more than 0.5mm from the surface of a prepped tooth, which is the approximate thickness of a fingernail.
In fact, it is critical for veneer longevity that your teeth have a sound structure and adequate enamel to successfully bond veneers and withstand forces over the long term.
(For more information, please read our conservative dentistry blog).
How long does it take to get my veneers from start to finish?
It takes one day or a couple of weeks.
There are two veneer treatment options in our clinic to suit your needs.
Two week veneer treatment
If you require a high level of customisation for your teeth, it is best to trial temporary veneers for your smile over a week or two, to make sure you like them, whilst your veneers are made by our team working their magic.
Same day veneer treatment
If you do not need high levels of customisation and characterisation of your veneers, in 10 units or less, you can have your veneers done on the same day using our in house CEREC system.
How long will I be in the chair for to receive 10 veneers?
The preparation time for your teeth takes approximately 3 hours for 10 veneers.
If the veneers are done in house, there is a wait of 2-3 hours for fabrication.
Bonding of the veneers usually takes about 2 hours.
Does veneer treatment HURT?
The short answer is “not really” for most people.
Like plastic surgery, a period of recovery time is required. However, none of our patients have reported any problems with a month, and have adjusted well to their new teeth.
The numbing process for the procedure should be close to painless. We apply a lot of numbing gel on tooth surfaces, and with our careful and experienced dental techniques, our patients usually aren’t aware when an injection occurs,
After your veneers are bonded to your teeth, you may need some time for the area to heal completely, but usually not over than 10 days.
It is common for patients to feel decreasing sensitivity in their teeth for up to 4 weeks but this will go away by itself. Sometimes your bite may feel bit different once you start using your new teeth, but this is managed at follow-up and review appointments when slight adjustments can be made to optimise your bite. Alternatively, some excess bonding material may need to be cleaned off.
All follow-up adjustments are free of charge.
How do I look after my new veneers?
You look after your new veneers by attending twice yearly check up and cleans, wearing custom-made protective guard every night, keeping good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet and avoiding clenching or grinding your teeth.
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Imagine you are trying to polish every surface of your teeth like your favourite car or piece of jewellery until it’s squeaky clean. Use an electric tooth brush, unwaxed floss and nonabrasive tooth paste.
Custom made protective guards are made for every patient to ensure your teeth are protected when you’re sleeping. Night clenching and grinding is a very common problem and is experienced by up to 90% of the population. You should probably use one to simply protect your natural teeth from preventable wear.