What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers and dental crowns can dramatically improve crooked, crowded, chipped and gappy smiles. (see smile gallery)
Veneers are thin, yet strong tooth-coloured porcelain shells that are bonded on to the front of your teeth. They have a "life like" appearance with the strength, beauty, and durability only porcelain restorations can create.
What are the advantages of Porcelain Veneers?
Dental Veneers have several advantages over other methods used for the same purpose. There is no "dark line" that is sometimes seen with older front crowns. They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance, giving a very natural, aesthetic look. People will never know you have them.
Porcelain Veneers could just be your solution to change the appearance of your smile dramatically!
Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today's veneers provides a more natural look than what’s been available in the past.
When do we do Porcelain Veneers?
Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
1. Worn enamel
Over time, the thin, hard white substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled, and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or the result of a genetic predisposition; however, it is often a result of your habits (soft drink, tea, or coffee consumption, smoking, medication use, etc).
2. Wear and tear
Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.
Certain people may be born with abnormal spacing between the teeth that grows wider as they age.
4. Uneven teeth
Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.
5. Crooked or misaligned teeth
6. Crowded teeth
(spaces between the teeth)
8. Permanently stained or discoloured teeth
What are the different kinds of Porcelain Veneers in Sydney?
1. No prep veneers.
These are when the teeth are not drilled/prepared/cut. Veneers are placed directly on top of your existing teeth. The veneers have are very thin.
When there is no drilling on the teeth beforehand, certain parts of the smile design process actually become more complicated, because the cosmetic dentist is confined to working with the shapes of the teeth the way they are.
Colour control, which is actually the area where general dentists have the most trouble when they attempt to do cosmetic dentistry, becomes more difficult when the porcelain veneer is thinner (doesn’t matter if it is a no prep veneer or a traditional prep veneer). Hue, chroma, translucency, color depth, brightness, and highlights, all need to be handled correctly for you to have a beautiful smile.
However, a couple of warnings are in order. If the teeth are not prepared before placing any type of porcelain veneers, the cosmetic dentist has much less latitude in creating a beautiful smile design.
The amount of grinding that takes place when preparing a tooth for traditional veneers is minimal, just so you know. It's in the range of tenths of a millimeter, one- to two-one-hundredths of an inch, about the thickness of a fingernail. However, sometimes more preparation may be required to get the right shape, size and colour of your smile
2. Prepared Teeth Veneers
These are done when your teeth are shaved a very tiny bit to give depth to the veneers As mentioned above the amount of grinding is very minimal unless you have very stained teeth or severely crooked teeth.
The colours and reality achieved are much more superior than no prep veneers
What do Porcelain Veneers cost?
Porcelain Veneers cost from 1200.00 per tooth. What you have to understand is that all porcelain veneers last a long time and are very strong. The cost of porcelain veneers vary based on only one thing. “How natural will I look?”. If you want a fake looking smile then the porcelain veneers are cheaper. If you want an amazing natural looking smile then they get a bit more dearer.
What is the process of getting Porcelain Veneers?
The first visit – This is where we try to find out what you would like to achieve in you smile. We explain the other options as well. We take your records and moulds to plan what your new porcelain veneers are going to look like.
The second visit – We show you on a model what your porcelain veneers will look like. We can do all the changes on a model before we start actually commencing treatment in your mouth
The third visit – We prepare your teeth to receive the Porcelain Veneers. Moulds are taken here and sent to our technician. You get temporary veneers so you can see what you original veneers would look like
The fourth visit – Here we deliver the final veneers to you. If you wish to change any part of the veneers then we resend them back to our laboratory to make the changes you desire. The final cementation happens in the next visit
Maintenance of your new Porcelain Veneers
The maintenance of your veneers is relatively simple. We do like to make a few suggestions, to help you:
- Please brush and floss as you normally would to prevent oral hygiene problems. Once placed, Porcelain Veneers are typically the kindest restoration to the gum tissues that we currently have access to. Do not be afraid of damaging your veneers by either flossing or brushing. Any good toothpaste is acceptable. A good home care regime will ensure the aesthetic success of your veneer restorations for years to come.
- Some sensitivity to hot and cold may be experienced after the placement of your veneers. This relates to the amount of enamel left on your tooth after preparation, the proximity of the nerve as well as several other factors. Some sensitivity is absolutely normal and usually dissipates after one-two weeks. If this sensitivity should remain or concern you at all, please feel free to contact us and we can advise of the best possible treatment.
- A normal diet should pose no problem at all. Please avoid anything that will tend to bend or twist the veneers.
- If you are known to grind your teeth or clench your jaw, please let us know. We may recommend and create a soft night time guard for you to wear to minimise the stresses placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
Approximately one to two weeks after the placement of your veneers you will be asked to return to the office for a treatment evaluation. This visit is extremely important. It gives us the opportunity to evaluate the placement of the veneers, the tissue response and to answer any questions you might have regarding your new smile.
How many teeth should I do ?
Generally most of the time you should do the number of teeth you show when you smile. This can range form 6 to 10 teeth. However in certain instances just doing 1 to 4 teeth can also make a huge difference.
Will my teeth look natural of fake?
That depends on what you are actually looking for. Porcelain veneers are a result of artistic capabilities of a technician. Therefore if you want really natural looking porcelain veneers then you need to see a dentist who has high levels of experience such as the team at Smile Concepts
Will my teeth be cut away a lot ?
Thanks for the advanced skills and technology at Smile Concepts, we don't have to cut away a lot of your teeth. Mild preparation is only required just to place the thickness of the Porcelain Veneer on the tooth.
However there are situations where more preparation of the tooth may be required due to decay, position of the tooth or the colour of the tooth (darker teeth need more preparation to mask the colour of the tooth).
In other situation we have to prepare the tooth for a crown to give it more strength. In this case the preparation is around the whole tooth unlike the veneer, leading to more tooth being cut away.
What is the difference between crowns and veneers?
A preparation of porcelain veneer is 180 degrees around the front surface of the tooth. For a crown, the preparation in 360 degrees around a tooth
Crowns are much stronger to have and can sustain higher biting forces. Porcelain veneers on the other hand are done when minimal intervention is required and the teeth are quite healthy with an appropriate bite.
Will I get pain after having porcelain veneers or crowns ?
There should be no pain after porcelain veneers have been placed on your teeth. However, in some instances where more tooth has been removed due to decay, or other reasons, the preparation can be nearer the nerve and that can cuase some pain.
This is generally informed to you before the procedure is carried out and making sure steps are taken to minimise that risk.
What are the risks of doing porcelain veneers or crowns ?
The worst risk is pain. This as discussed above can be due to the preparation of the tooth being near the nerve. The result may be the need for a procedure called root canal treatment.
Another risk includes fracture of the veneer. This requires replacement of the veneer depending on the size of the fracture
In certain instances the porcelain veneer can de-bond. This can be rectified easily by re-bonding the veneer back onto the tooth.
How long will porcelain veneers last ?
They can last from seven to twenty years. While the veneer itself is inert and non-living, the tooth or teeth to which they are attached and the surrounding gum tissues are living and may change. For example, gum line shrinkage may expose or reveal root surfaces. If a veneer comes off it can generally be re-bonded. If it chips it can sometimes be re-bonded or otherwise replaced.
If I have my upper teeth treated with porcelain veneers, will my lower teeth still be a different colour, or more yellow?
This is certainly a factor that will be discussed during your evaluation and smile design so that everything matches and blends well.
Most of the time Porcelain Veneers are only done on upper teeth as most people do not see the lower teeth. However in some cases the opposite holds true where you show more the lower teeth and not the upper. During the consultation we will discuss what the best solution is for you.
Most patients usually whiten the lower teeth with whitening (bleaching) procedures to ensure a good match.
Do porcelain veneers stain with normal things like tea, coffee and wine?
Porcelain veneers should never stain; however; if your teeth have a propensity to stain you should try to avoid or minimize the behaviours that lead to staining and look after them as recommended above with normal hygiene and maintenance procedures.
What happens to my teeth after porcelain veneers or crowns, and will I ever get cavities ?
If you look after your teeth regularly and visit a dentist every six months then the chances of problems occurring are minimised.
There is no higher incidence of decay provided the veneers are properly cared for as previously mentioned with regular flossing and brushing with toothpaste.
In general, it is good dental advice to keep your sugar consumption low and confined to meal times to prevent decay.