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Veneers

Do you want to whiten, straighten or reshape your teeth?

If you want to make cosmetic enhancements to your smile, you may be interested in dental veneers. These are thin shells of tooth-coloured materials added to the front of teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can effectively correct the size, shape, length or colour of teeth in a single appointment.

There are two types of veneers – composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Our dentists at Bracken Ridge Dental will explain the pros and cons of both options so you can decide whether veneers are the right choice for you.

For more information about veneers treatments or to take the first step towards your new smile, make an appointment with Dr Lydia and our team today. Call (07) 3261 2405 to schedule a consultation at a time that suits you or book online.

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Who can benefit from veneers?

Porcelain and composite veneers can address a wide range of aesthetic concerns, including:

  • stained or discoloured teeth
  • slightly crooked or misshapen teeth
  • minor chips and cracks
  • gaps in your smile

As a cosmetic dentistry treatment, veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of your smile, but they may also have some functional benefits such as making your teeth easier to clean and lowering your risk of oral health problems.

Your teeth and gums should be healthy for you to be a candidate for veneers. You may also not be suitable if you grind your teeth, as this can damage the veneers.

Veneers cannot correct more serious tooth damage or alignment problems. Our dentists can discuss other options such as crowns or orthodontics instead.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are made from a composite resin of plastic and glass, which is applied directly to the tooth surfaces. Our dentists carefully apply the material layer by layer onto your teeth, skilfully sculpting and polishing the veneers to achieve a beautiful final result.

Because composite veneers can be placed with much less (or even zero) removal of tooth structure, they are a more conservative option. They are also a more affordable option than porcelain veneers and more convenient, as they can usually be placed in one visit.

However, they are not as strong or long lasting as porcelain and can require regular maintenance due to wear and tear. Chipping and staining are also more likely in the long term, but minor damage and imperfections can sometimes be repaired.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are made of high-strength ceramics, which are long-lasting and more resistant to stains and damage than composite veneers. Porcelain is also excellent at mimicking the appearance of tooth enamel, making them the ideal option for a natural looking smile.

Porcelain veneers can require several appointments. During your first visit, our dentists will polish and reshape your teeth to provide space for the porcelain. We will then take a mould of your teeth to send to a dental ceramist who designs and fabricates your custom porcelain veneers. In the meantime, temporary shells are placed on your teeth to protect them.

At a subsequent visit, our dentists will check the precise fit of each veneer and make sure you are happy with the result prior to cementing them on. We can perform a mock trial of your new smile design first to make sure the results are satisfactory and meet your expectations.

What to expect with veneers

Veneers should feel and function like normal teeth and should be brushed and flossed as normal to keep the underlying teeth and gums healthy. If you have composite veneers, we may recommend avoiding certain foods and drinks that could cause them to chip or stain.

Some people find that their teeth feel more sensitive to temperature after enamel is removed to prepare their teeth for veneers. We minimise preparation of the tooth and may not have to remove enamel in all cases.

How long do veneers last?

Composite veneers usually last for several years, but they require more maintenance and repairs. Porcelain veneers do not stain like composite and can last an average of 10–15 years.

To maintain your veneers, we recommend regular six-monthly check-up and cleans so our dentists can pick up on any issues early or prevent them. In most cases, a night guard is also required to protect the dental work.