What are porcelain veneers?
Common imperfections in the teeth such as stains, gaps, chips and even misalignments, can be beautifully restored with porcelain dental veneers. These thin sheaths of porcelain are custom-made for your teeth to provide the best possible fit. Porcelain veneers from our cosmetic dentist and dental team are carefully designed to blend in with surrounding teeth and create the appearance of a natural tooth. These treatments are incredibly effective and have extraordinarily long-lasting results. in many patients, porcelain dental veneers last for decades. They can be an excellent way for you to address aesthetic dental issues and improve the look of your smile.
What are the pros and cons of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers have been one of the most effective cosmetic dentistry treatments for many years and they have become even more advanced over time. Porcelain veneers can improve a number of common conditions that affect the teeth, including:
- Stains and discolorations from years of drinking wine or coffee, using tobacco products and other factors
- Teeth that have been worn down
- Teeth misalignment
What is the porcelain veneers process like?
The porcelain veneers procedure begins with a custom-mould of your teeth created to ensure a precise fit. Then, the veneer will be made using a strong ceramic material designed to be fixed over the visible part of the tooth – it will not be necessary for the veneer to cover the entire tooth. Once this process is complete, the porcelain veneer will be placed onto the tooth with a durable cement and colour-tinted to match the appearance of your surrounding teeth.
With the latest porcelain dental veneer techniques, our dentists will not need to remove an excessive amount of the natural tooth before the veneer is placed.
Porcelain Veneers Results
Once the treatment is complete, you should have a beautiful new veneer that effectively masks aesthetic dental imperfections and enjoy results that look beautifully natural.
Porcelain Veneers Cost
The price of porcelain veneers will vary based on the number of veneers you receive, the complexity of your treatment, and other factors. We customise every procedure and utilise advanced techniques and materials to ensure you enjoy the best possible result. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers can cost between $650 and $2,500 per tooth. During your initial consultation, we will discuss the agreed upon approach and provide a detailed estimate of the total cost. For qualified applicants considering alternative payment plans, we offer dental financing to help you bring the cost of treatment into your budget. We believe everyone should have access to the best care, and we will work with you to find a way to achieve your goals.
Porcelain Veneers Vs. Dental Crowns
While both dental crowns and porcelain veneers can provide a beautiful outcome, these two techniques are often best-suited to different ends. Dental crowns are typically used to save a damaged tooth that is severely compromised. They are also used to cap a weakened tooth after a root canal and to top off a dental implant. Dental crowns can also restore teeth with fractures, cracks, and similar issues, but porcelain veneers may be a better option in these cases. Dental veneers are commonly used for aesthetic enhancement, to improve the shape and appearance of teeth, and to address stains, chips, cracks, and minor gaps. If you have a question about whether a dental crown or a porcelain veneer is a better choice for you, our thoughtful and knowledgeable team can help guide you towards the ideal technique.
FAQs about Porcelain Veneers
As part of our commitment to patient education, our dentists have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about porcelain dental veneers. If you would like additional information, or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to our team today.
What dental problems can porcelain veneers correct?
Porcelain dental veneers can address a wide range of cosmetic issues, including gaps, chips, cracks, stains, discolouration, worn-down teeth, and minor misalignment. The veneers essentially cover the front of the teeth, masking a wide range of concerns while strengthening teeth and offering a beautiful result.
Do dental veneers look natural?
Dental veneers from The Paddington Dental Surgery are designed to provide lifelike results that mimic the beauty and strength of natural teeth. Our skilled dentists take great care to provide an optimal outcome that achieves the discussed appearance and function. You can view some examples of porcelain veneer treatment from our practice in our Smile Gallery.
Do porcelain veneers hurt?
As with all of our dental treatments, your care and comfort are top priorities. Depending on your individual needs and goals, some tooth reshaping or reduction may be necessary prior to affixing the dental veneers. If this is the case, we will help minimise your discomfort with a numbing agent. Most patients find the experience relatively painless, and we will strive to make the procedure as pleasant and as quick as possible.
How long does the procedure take?
The time it will take to complete the procedure will vary depending on your treatment plan and factors like the type of veneers you select. The veneers are handcrafted in conjunction with a Master Ceramicist and usually take two appointments scheduled one to two weeks apart, from shaping the teeth to placing the personalised shells. Our skilled team can give you the details about each option and let you know whether one may offer you a better outcome than the other.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
We cannot predict with certainty exactly how long your dental veneers will last, as a number of factors will affect the duration of this treatment. However, by properly maintaining your oral health, including brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly, you can extend the beauty and durability of your veneers as long as possible. We utilise the highest-quality materials available to provide an exceptional result, and in many cases, porcelain veneers can last as many as 10 years or longer. Furthermore, our team will be happy to provide you with suggestions on how to preserve the quality of your smile.
Do dental veneers require special care?
They require the same care as your existing teeth. Virtually all teeth, natural or artificial, benefit from excellent oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and avoiding foods that could stain or damage teeth. Porcelain veneers are the same. These good habits can help protect your dental veneers and preserve the beauty and strength of your teeth.
Are there alternatives to dental veneers?
We offer an expansive range of cosmetic dental treatments at The Paddington Dental Surgery, and if dental veneers are not right for you, our dentists will likely be able to provide an alternative. While porcelain veneers can address many concerns at once, in many cases these cosmetic flaws can be addressed individually with other techniques, such as teeth whitening, Invisalign®, or another procedure. We will work with you to find a reasonable solution.