When you smile, you may want to have a gleaming smile like those in the magazines or on the silver screen. Having a beautiful, shining smile can require a little intervention, though. The reality is that many factors can affect the appearance of your teeth; drinking caffeine, red wine, and smoking are some of the well-known causes of teeth discoloration. Porcelain veneers can also be used to treat chipped or broken teeth, as well as reducing the spacing between teeth and changing the shape and length of them.
How do veneers work?
There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. Porcelain is considered advantageous because it does not stain easily and is more durable than composite. Porcelain Veneers Bondi Junction are composed of a thin shell of porcelain that is added to the fronts of teeth for aesthetic purposes. It is permanently attached to the teeth with a special cement, and it is designed to set quickly when your dentist shines a special light on it.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers have many advantages. Firstly, they are extremely durable. If they are looked after properly with regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental check-ups, they should last a lifetime. Patients are advised not to do anything that might damage the veneers like opening bottles with their teeth or biting plastic tags on clothes, but otherwise they are very hard wearing. When they are fitted, they are made to match any teeth that do not require veneers as closely as possible and so your smile should look completely natural. Having veneers fitted is a non-invasive procedure and your dentist may offer local anaesthetic if you require it, but in some cases, it is not used.
Compared with other methods of cosmetic treatments, veneers are arguably far less invasive than having a crown fitted. Crowns act like a cap that sits over your tooth and can help treat cavities where a filling will no longer suffice for the size of it. In this case, the dentist would need to open the cavity up before cutting parts of the tooth away to create a base for which the crown will sit on.
Would my teeth be suitable for porcelain veneers?
As with any treatment, it depends on the individual patient. You can visit your dentist for a consultation, where you can discuss your concerns about your smile and your dentist will be able to examine your mouth and recommend treatments. You may require some x-rays of your mouth in order for your dentist to be able to determine what is required, and you may also need to have impressions taken of your teeth – yup, it’s that gooey gunk stuff! During the consultation, the dentist will be able to discuss which treatments they would recommend so that you can make an informed decision. You will be able to ask any questions you have about each of the available treatments in order to come to a decision about your treatment plan.
So, if you are interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers, visit your dentist to find out more and get a gleaming smile on your face.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.