Less than impressed with the appearance of your teeth? Everyone wants a beautiful set of whites, and there are many ways you can achieve it. If you’ve got damaged, crooked, stained or missing teeth, there are both affordable and more extensive ways to improve your teeth’s appearance. Dental veneers are both a practical and affordable method of enhancing the aesthetics of your teeth.
How Do You Know Which Type of Veneers Is Best for You?
There are two types of veneers: indirect and direct.
Direct veneers are made by the dentist’s chair-side using filling material. A layer of appropriately coloured composite resin material is bonded to the teeth’ surface. These can be very cosmetically pleasing when carried out by a dentist experienced in composite veneers. And this is the more affordable option. Due to limitations associated with dental filling materials, direct veneers do not last a lifetime and will need maintenance in the years to come.
Indirect veneers are the most common type used by dentists in Australia and are made of porcelain. These are made to last for up to 10 years and are a long term solution to a perfect smile. Dental veneers are made by specially trained ceramists. Your dentist will decide what type of porcelain is used in your veneers. Some are stronger, and some mimic tooth structure more – the decision is made based on what your teeth look like now, your bite and your aesthetic requirements.
When to Get Veneers?
Whether you have damaged, discoloured, crooked, decayed or missing teeth, veneers help to improve the appearance of your teeth and can be a great long term, affordable solution.
It’s important to note that once you commit to veneers, the appearance of your natural teeth will be significantly altered. Your dentist needs to prepare your natural teeth to receive the veneers. So if you’re getting veneers, they are there to stay.
The process typically involves three steps: an initial consultation and planning session, teeth preparation and placement of a temporary set of veneers, and on the third visit: you’ll get your permanent dental veneers.
If you wish to get started with the application of dental veneers, please give us a call today and schedule an appointment.
After Care Tips for Veneers
Getting veneers doesn’t mean you can neglect your teeth and have a perfect white smile with little to no care. Veneers can still become damaged and discoloured, and you should care for them as if they were your natural teeth. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Not only will this prevent dental diseases such as decay and gingivitis, but you will also get less surface staining to the veneers.
There are also things you need to avoid. Make sure you limit bad habits that could have a detrimental effect on your teeth. For example, chewing your pen at work, biting your nails and grinding your teeth. You should also avoid eating hard foods such as toffee, ice, and pork crackling. Hard foods can damage or chip your veneers, much like natural teeth. In addition to this, many foods cause stains on your veneers. So avoid foods and drinks such as berries, chocolate, red wine, coffee, and tea if you are keen to keep your veneers as white as the day you receive them.
Time to Consider Veneers
If you’re not happy with your teeth, consider veneers. You now know that veneers are a solid, reliable method for improving how your teeth look and helping you smile with confidence.
Veneers are both affordable and a reliable method of improving the aesthetics of your teeth. To summarize, here are the main points you need to remember when getting veneers:
- They are a long term treatment option for improving the appearance of your teeth
- If you remove them, there will be visible damage to your underlying teeth
- They are affordable
- You should avoid bad habits and hard foods
If you’re not happy with your existing teeth, whether due to damage or tooth loss, please contact us today and book an appointment to help achieve that perfect white smile.