Dental veneers are fitted to the front of damaged, discoloured or crooked teeth to enhance their appearance.
Find out what you can expect with porcelain or composite veneers from Karratha Dental Care.
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
There are many reasons why veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.
These thin laminates are bonded to the front of teeth, making them more convenient and less invasive than other treatments that cover a larger area or replace the whole tooth, such as crowns and bridges. Because they are bonded all the way to the gum line, they also won’t show any of the underlying tooth.
Once bonded, dental veneers are as strong as real teeth, as well as looking just like the real thing. Dental veneers may be the ideal option if you are unhappy with the appearance of one or more of your teeth due to stains, chips, cracks, gaps or other alignment issues.
What are the different types of veneers?
The two most common types of dental veneers are porcelain and composite veneers.
Porcelain dental veneers are more durable, appear more natural and can last up to 25 years when properly maintained. They are also resistant to stains.
Composite dental veneers are quicker to fit, as they can be bonded to your teeth in a single visit. However, they are less durable and may need to be replaced sooner than porcelain veneers.
What to expect
During your consultation with our dentist, a mould will be taken of your teeth to ensure your custom veneers will be a perfect fit down to the gum line. Your dentist will match the colour of your veneers to your natural teeth, unless you prefer otherwise. It will take several days or longer for your veneers to be manufactured.
When the veneers are ready, your dentist will prepare the surface of your teeth to make it easier for the laminates to bond. Dental adhesive is applied to each veneer and cured using ultraviolet light. As this is a non-surgical procedure, no sedation is required.
Depending on how many teeth you are having treated, your veneers may be completed in one or two visits.
How to look after your veneers
Your new veneers will look just like real teeth, and they need to be treated like real teeth too. Your dentist will advise you on how to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your veneers clean and your teeth and gums healthy.
You may need to use a prescription mouthwash for the first few weeks after your veneers are bonded, and you may be advised to switch to a new brand of fluoride toothpaste if your current toothpaste is too abrasive.
If you have composite veneers, it’s also recommended to avoid substances that can cause stains, such as wine, coffee and tobacco, and you may be advised to avoid certain hard foods. During future dental check-ups, your veneers can be professionally cleaned to keep them looking good as new.
Make an appointment for dental veneers
Get in touch with our friendly team at Karratha Dental Care and arrange a consultation to discuss dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry solutions.