Veneer pros and cons

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The Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

Everyday Health: What are the pros and cons of dental veneers?

Martin R. Polin, DMD (drpolin.com)

Veneers are a great way to improve your smile, especially if your teeth are chipped, malformed, very discolored or will not and cannot be whitened. The pros of veneers are that they can be done in only two visits, the color easily changes, and the porcelain has the real look of teeth and will not stain. The main con is that the teeth sometimes have to be shaped so it’s generally not a reversible procedure. But veneers will give you the smile everyone wants.

Ramin Tabib, DDS (nycsmiledesign.com)
Cosmetic Dentist in New York, NY
Starting with the cons — veneers are irreversible, costly, and need to be replaced after 15-20 years. The pros? Veneers can allow for both shape and color changes, can make your teeth stronger than they were, and are natural looking and allow for a true smile makeover.

The Biggest Myths in Dental Health

Mark Levy, DDS (stoneridgedentalcare.com)

Until fairly recently, getting veneers required the removal of a very thin layer of enamel. Some people don’t want that. Over the last several years, we have seen the introduction of very attractive ‘prepless’ veneers. These require minimal or no tooth grinding. I’ve placed them on one on my children, and both he and I are thrilled with the results.

Christopher A. Stanosheck, DDS (thesmiledesignstudio.com)

Dental veneers, if done properly, can be quite beautiful and natural looking. Dental veneers can quickly correct worn, chipped, rotated, discolored or fractured teeth. Many factors come into play when determining if you are right for veneers. A stable bite may make or “break” (literally) a successful veneer case. An important rule to remember: The health of your back teeth determines the health of your front teeth. Your dentist should evaluate your bite first before veneers are considered. Veneers can also be customized to fit your facial symmetry and style. Designs can range from feminine to aggressive. Designs can also be softened or more natural. Individuals considering veneers should first choose a design that fits their personality. Importantly, anyone considering veneers should ask a lot of questions: Can I see some before and after photos of previous patients? Is there a “smile catalog” I can look at? Can I see my design in wax first?

Veneers can be expensive and are permanent so careful consideration should be taken when deciding on your perfect smile.

Lance Timmerman, DMD
Veneers are a fantastic way to improve a smile. In about two weeks, a thin layer of porcelain is placed over the front and edge of the teeth to lengthen short teeth, repair chipped or broken teeth, or improve the color of teeth. In two visits, a smile can be completely changed and, in skilled hands, veneers can last a very long time. If the teeth are fairly straight, very little (perhaps even zero) tooth structure would need to be altered or removed. In many cases, however, some reduction in tooth structure is needed for the best result. The only con would be that this is an irreversible process. Fortunately, it’s extremely rare for someone to want them removed so they can go back to the way they looked before treatment ever started.

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Jeffrey Dalin, DDS (dfdasmiles.com)

Porcelain veneers are excellent restorations. We can change the color, shape, size, and alignment of the teeth with this technique. It is a fast and long-lasting way to accomplish a “smile makeover.” One of its advantages is the fact that you do minimal preparation to the teeth. I have been placing veneers for over 20 years now, and the results are outstanding.

Adrian Fenderson, DDS (napadentist.com)
First, the pros of veneers.

Realistic appearance: One of the features of porcelain veneers contributing to their rising popularity is their optic properties. Porcelain is a ceramic that has many similar properties to the teeth’s natural covering, enamel. Because of this, porcelain veneers appear natural and realistic.

Stain-resistance: Porcelain is a ceramic. and is therefore quite ”glass-like.” Its surface is extremely smooth and impervious. This makes porcelain veneers quite resistant to permanent stains. No need to worry about coffee, wine, or cigarette stains!

Durability: Porcelain veneers are relatively long lasting – up to 15 years – compared to plastic (composite) veneers (up to seven years).

Color versatility: The color of porcelain veneers can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.

Ease of shaping: Compared to crowns, porcelain veneers do not require extensive shaping prior to the procedure thin. Ultra thin veneers often need no shaping of the teeth.

Improved appearance and restored confidence: Porcelain veneers can help individuals with dental flaws such as teeth that are crooked, discolored, or have small gaps between them. Veneers dramatically change a person’s smile and, in the process, help improve self-confidence.

And now the cons of porcelain veneers.

Artificiality: Although they look realistic, porcelain veneers are artificial teeth, which may be a problem for those desiring a more natural solution to their dental problem.

High cost: Veneers, especially porcelain veneers, are expensive. Each veneer can range anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500. When that gets multiplied with the number of teeth that needs veneering, it becomes a costly investment.

Fragility: Although porcelain veneers are relatively tough, they are not impervious to any chipping orbreaking when exposed to excessive impact or force, e.g. teeth grinding, eating hard foods, and the like. Repairing or replacing veneers then becomes an expensive endeavor.

Permanence: When it’s done, there’s no going back.

Teeth sensitivity: Since the veneering procedure requires the removal of enamel, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.

You may not be candidate: If you have unhealthy teeth (for example, those with decay or active periodontal disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface, or suffer from bruxism (teeth clenching).

The Pros and Cons of Veneers. Are They Worth It?

We’ve all seen actors, musicians, and other celebrities on TV with picture-perfect white smiles. How did they get that way? Like the rest of us, celebrities were not born with perfect teeth; their shiny white smiles often come from porcelain veneers.

It might be tempting to want a similar smile for your own mouth, but veneers are not for everyone. Here are some of the pros and cons of veneers to consider as you weigh your options and try to decide if porcelain veneers are worth it:

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are molded to fit your teeth then attach to the front of the tooth with the goal of improving its appearance. They can also be made of resin or other composite materials.

Either way, the goal of a veneer is to change the size, color, and/or shape of your tooth. They are used most often on:

– Teeth that are discolored from root canals, fillings, or other procedures
– Chipped or broken teeth
– Irregularly shaped teeth
– Teeth with gaps between them
– Any other dental issue that results in a loss of self confidence

Veneers typically last 7-15 years before they need to be replaced. The cost is generally $1,000-$2,000 and is not typically covered by dental insurance because it is considered a cosmetic procedure.

If you and your dentist determine that veneers might be a good solution for you, there are several types to choose from:

Porcelain Veneers: These are the most expensive, but best looking type of veneers. They are custom made to fit the size and shade of your natural teeth. They are applied to the existing tooth using special cement and ultraviolet light.

Composite Veneers: These are similar to porcelain veneers, but made from the same material as some cavity fillings. Composite veneers are typically used to address minor chips in teeth or gaps between teeth. The composite material is less expensive than porcelain, but not quite as durable.

Instant Veneers: A quicker option, these veneers are premade and can typically be applied during the same appointment as the consultation for the broken or missing tooth. Instant Veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers, but because they are premade can’t be matched exactly to your natural teeth.

Removable Veneers: These are the newest member of the vener family and are a hybrid between porcelain and instant veneers. They are custom made to match your teeth and can be removed as needed. This is the least expensive veneer option, but are not a long-term solution for broken or missing teeth and any underlying dental problems that caused them.

The most obvious benefit to veneers is the increased confidence that comes from having a more flawless smile. Veneers are also specifically molded for your teeth, making it nearly impossible to tell the difference between the veneer and your tooth.

The veneer is bonded to your tooth in whatever form it’s in, meaning no additional drilling or shaping is needed in most cases. No special maintenance is required — just brush and floss like you would normally.

Veneers can make any tooth appear bright white, but you can select any shade you want. You may choose to opt for something closer to your natural color so the change is not quite so obvious.

The Cons of Veneers

All of those pros make veneers sound pretty great, right? There are a few other things to consider before taking the plunge.

Veneers do not change color once they are made. While the rest of your teeth will naturally change over time, the veneer will not, which can lead to awkward differences in your smile. However, with regular visits to the dentist you can stay on top of this issue and ensure your smile stays consistent for as long as you have veneers.

Because porcelain is so delicate, veneers are also more prone to chipping and cracking than crowns or fillings. They are not recommended for people with habits like biting their nails, grinding their teeth, or chewing on ice. But, those habits are correctable and having a nicer smile may be worth it in the long run.

Finally, teeth can still decay while they are under a veneer, which can lead to root canals and crowns down the road. Veneers should not be used if you have a history of weakened enamel, gum disease, or other dental conditions. If this is the case with you, your dentist can recommend other treatment options to fix broken or missing teeth.

The Veneer Process

Now that you know some of the pros and cons of veneers, if you do decide to pursue veneers, the entire process can typically be completed at your dentist’s office. Your dentist will take X-rays and make impressions of the teeth that are receiving veneers.

Veneers are made in a laboratory and typically take 2-4 weeks to come in after your initial consultation. Temporary veneers can be added, if needed, while waiting for the permanent ones to come in.

In order to apply the veneer, about one millimeter of enamel will need to be removed from your teeth. This is far less than what’s removed for a filling or crown. The tooth will also be cleaned, polished, and etched to allow the veneer adhesive to bond properly.

The dentist will then apply a cement to the veneer and place it on your tooth. A special light is used to cure the cement quickly, creating a bond. From there, adjustments can be made as needed.

Most dentists will ask that you come back for a follow up appointment a week or two after the veneers are placed to check in on how they are settling in your mouth and determine whether any additional adjustments are needed.

Getting Started with Veneers

The first step toward veneers is to visit a licensed dentist for a consultation. The dentist will assess your teeth and determine whether veneers are a good option for you.

All of our 1st Family Dental offices in the Chicago, IL area can help you if you are interested in veneers; contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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That’s not to say you shouldn’t be particular about the person who administers them, however. Like with any oral procedure, you should look into the experience with veneers and patient reviews of your dental care provider.

The Consultation

Your first visit should be a consultation. Let your dentist know exactly what you are looking for, whether correction or simply a complete smile makeover.

This visit should also include an exam of your teeth, overall tooth structure, and discussion about whether veneers is the right path to achieve your goal.

Here’s what I tell patients to do before their consultation: Find a magazine (I often suggest Vogue) with a lot of model photography, and find all the photos of teeth youlike anddon’t like. Tear the pages out and make notes with your thoughts.

Then, talk about the exact features you’d like to see in your veneers.

There’s a sort of natural “algorithm” for tooth shapes and facial structure, so you’ll need to talk to your dentist about whether or not you want to stick to the rules or break them.

Depending on the direction your discussion takes, x-rays or impressions may be taken. Your dentist will also make sure you have no existing tooth decay or untreated gum disease.

At this point, the material you choose for your veneers will make the procedure longer or shorter.

Traditional porcelain veneers, for example, are made from an impression that is sent to an outside lab. That requires you return for the remainder of the process to be completed.

Composite veneers can be made in the dentist’s office, but may require multiple visits if your dentist doesn’t create them in-office.

No-prep veneers do not require as much prep and therefore can be put on in a shorter amount of time, usually same-day.

The most effective consultations involve very open and clear communication between dentist and patient. If you’re both extremely clear, the chances of being thrilled with your final result go up astronomically.

Preparing for veneers involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the tooth surface where the veneer will be placed. The dentist may also want to lightly buff or trim chipped or broken teeth. If impressions are to be sent, your dentist may offer temporary veneers (the lab work can take 2-4 weeks). These decisions would be made according to your specific situation.

This process usually takes 2-3 hours.

Will the preparation process hurt? Because the prep for veneers varies (due to the condition of the teeth being covered), most patients will receive a local anesthetic, especially as the dentist sculpts the teeth receiving traditional veneers. Talk to your dentist about your level of pain sensitivity before starting.

The Application

At the next visit, your new dental veneers will be checked for fit, color and shade. The dentist may also trim and adjust.

Once the dentist is satisfied, the tooth surface will be cleaned and polished. A thin layer of tooth enamel will be removed. Now the bonding agent, a type of cement, will be put on the veneer, and the veneer will be placed in its new home on your prepared tooth structure.

A special light is used to cure the cement. This polymerization light activates the cement’s chemicals so it will quickly harden.

You’re now at the finishing touches stage of the procedure. Excess cement is removed, shape and appearance will be scrutinized, final adjustments can be made, and your bite will be checked.

This is incredibly precise work, so I highly recommend you look for reviews of the cosmetic dentistry performed by your dentist ahead of time.

This final appointment is probably going to last 1-2 hours.

Will the application process hurt? It is normal for you to be numbed while your veneers are being placed and adjusted. Once the local anesthetic takes effect, you shouldn’t feel any pain.

What about pain afterwards? If only a couple of teeth are being covered, there will likely be little more than slight gum discomfort around the affected area. If you want many teeth covered by veneers, say eight or more, it’s common to feel mild pain or even jaw soreness that can be relieved by short-term use of over-the-counter meds.

The Follow-Up

Some dentists ask for follow up appointments in 2-4 weeks. This is to check your bite, adjust your teeth further if necessary, and confirm that your gums are not irritated or compromised by the veneers.

How to Care for Dental Veneers

The more meticulous you are with oral hygiene: brushing, flossing, etc., the longer your veneers will last. Any new tooth decay or gum disease could result in the loss of your veneers.

These are must-dos for protecting your veneers and maintaining good oral health:

  1. Use a good electric toothbrush.
  2. Brush using the right toothpaste. Check out this link for the best natural toothpastes, including a hydroxyapatite option (the better alternative to fluoride).
  3. Floss regularly.
  4. Discover the benefits of tongue scraping.
  5. Discover even more health benefits of mouth taping.
  6. Never miss a teeth cleaning/check up.

How much do veneers cost?

A full set of veneers typically covers anywhere from 6-12 visible teeth and costs $19,200 on average. This price varies greatly, so it’s possible to pay as little as $4,800 or as much as $48,000.

Remember, few dental insurance policies will pay for them, so the expense will be solely out of pocket.

Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

The Good Stuff

  • Veneers produce beautiful smiles
  • Veneers can create the visual of new teeth after breakage or chipping
  • Veneers are a total solution for a white smile if you have discoloration in your natural teeth
  • Veneers are durable, and most materials are stain-resistant

The Drawbacks

  • If you develop or fail to treat gum disease andrecession as you age, your veneers will need replaced much sooner
  • Veneers cost a significant amount of money and aren’t covered by dental insurance
  • Even the best quality veneers only last about 10-15 years before they need replaced
  • Tooth surface prepping for veneers involves removal of enamel and often some filing, buffing, etc—these actions can’t be undone
  • You can’t whiten veneers, so if you get a partial set and your natural teeth change in shade, you’ll need to get a new set to match the color

Dental Veneers: Before and After

Check out the before and after experiences of patients who got veneers:

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Ok…moving forward I guess I can ONLY post healed pictures…so here you are… 20 #porcelainveneers correcting color and shape… 6 months post insertion. Amazing work with @cristiano_soares12

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Beautiful smile for a beautiful client! Thank you for letting us transform your smile! #wow #whitesmile #feelgreat #goldcoast #loveyourself #porcelainveneers

A post shared by iSmile Dental Centre (@ismiledc) on Aug 9, 2019 at 3:13pm PDT

Source: Winning Smiles UK

Alternatives to Dental Veneers

If you dislike the appearance of your smile, veneers aren’t your only option. There are various treatment options that can help with tooth appearance:

  • Dental bonding: Bonding can repair one or more damaged teeth using composite resin. This is a much lower cost option to veneers but does not cover an entire set, it simply repairs the appearance of a damaged tooth.
  • Teeth whitening: There are many ways to whiten teeth, depending on your specific needs. For extreme whitening, try a custom, reusable whitening tray fitted by your dentist or an in-office professional whitening session. Trays start around $250 and professional whitening at about $650, both of which are likely less expensive than a partial set of veneers.
  • Dental crowns: For one or a few teeth with damage or uneven appearance, you may opt for dental crowns. These are most helpful if your teeth are uneven lengths or damaged by grinding.
  • Orthodontics: For misaligned teeth, your best option will be to get orthodontic correction, rather than simply disguising the problem. Although it will take significantly longer to see results, orthodontic treatment will fix the root of the problem.

Your dentist can offer details and opinions based on your specific situation, and his/her experience.

FAQs

Q:

Are veneers worth it?

A: The answer depends on your definition of “worth it”.

I’ve had patients ask for veneers for special occasions: a big party they were attending, job interview, or photo shoot. For others, due to injury or natural tooth discoloration, veneers mean relief from embarrassment they may have when they smile.

Let me rephrase the question: what are you willing to invest in them?

Q:

Can I get veneers in one day?

A: No-prep veneers can be placed in one day. The material being used is not as strong as porcelain, and won’t be as stain resistant or durable in the long term, but are a quick option. Some offices may be able to offer composite resin crowns same-day but not all offices have this equipment. Q:

Is a veneer the same as a crown?

A: No. Veneers are a thin shell that covers the visible, front surface of teeth. Crowns go over, or encase, the entire tooth. Q:

Should my veneers be super white?

A: Some people choose a color for their veneers that is brighter than their natural tooth color, but not a bright white. Others want a brighter, whiter smile makeover.

Temporary veneers allow you to see the shape and color of your new smile. Then, you and you dentist can decide what’s best.

Q:

Are veneers permanent? How long should they last?

A: No, dental veneers are not permanent. On average, they last 10 years, with high quality dental hygiene: brushing, flossing, regular cleanings. Some patients report veneers in good shape after even 15+ years, but this is rare. Q:

Can veneers come off?

A: It would be very unusual if they did, due to the cement used to place them, but a new veneer can easily be put in its place. Q:

What’s the most common reason someone needs veneers replaced?

A: The most common reason (and it’s an important one!) is gum recession, which can occur naturally with age. Most people want exposed roots covered, so they opt for new veneers. It’s vital for each patient who wants veneers to first address and correct gum issues before veneers are placed.

Extensive tooth decay may also result in replacement.

I’ve also replaced veneers for patients whose natural tooth color has changed significantly to the point it no longer matches.

Q:

What is the best brand of dental veneers?

A: Lumineers are popular, but are not as durable as porcelain veneers. I wouldn’t suggest getting stuck on a name, but rather, your dentist’s recommendations, since s/he has the experience with different materials and companies. Q:

Can you whiten veneers?

A: You can’t whiten veneers with the use of gel or similar whitening methods. Good oral hygiene will protect then from discoloration; but, should they change occur, they may need to be replaced. Q:

Do lip injections or other plastic surgery interfere with veneers?

A: Before a procedure like lip injections, I’d recommend getting veneers and adjusting to them. Your lips will lay on your front teeth differently, making them look fuller.

Rhinoplasty is usually safe, without adverse effects. However, veneers should be applied first.

Q:

Which celebrities use veneers?

A: From an article on Seventeen.com, here are just a few of the young stars with veneers:

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— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) December 21, 2018

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— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) May 1, 2019

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One of us is happy to be hanging.

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Key Takeaways: Veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic way to get a brand new smile if your teeth have been discolored, damaged, or crooked and you’re ready for a change.

Veneers take 1-2 procedures, depending on the individual process and involve shaving down natural teeth to allow for the material to be applied. For most people, porcelain or ceramic veneers serve as the safest and longest-lasting material to choose.

While this popular procedure can create nearly miraculous results, it’s important to remember that it comes at a high price tag and doesn’t address underlying issues with oral health.

A full set of veneers averages about $19,200 but can range from $4,800-$48,000, depending on the number of teeth, materials used, location, and individual dentist costs.

Got questions about veneers (or any other dental topic)? Ask me and get a personal response.

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We’ve all been dazzled by the brilliant smiles of celebrities and on-star personalities, with their picture-perfect smiles. You may have even looked at these people and felt jealous.

Brilliant, white and shiny teeth are an envious trait, but many of the smiles we see on television aren’t actually fully natural. Many of the perfect smiles we see are actually the work of porcelain veneers.

You might be interested in having a similar smile for your mouth, but are unsure exactly what the process may entail. Are veneers worth it?

Below, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the process so you can make an informed decision on whether veneers are right for you.

What Is A Porcelain Veneer?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain that can be cemented to the surface of your natural teeth. They are considered to be an easy way to fix aesthetic and physical imperfections in a person’s smile. In some instances, veneers are made from other materials including resin, but porcelain remains the most popular material.

Traditionally, individuals invest in a dental veneer in order to overcome chipped, broken, or irregular teeth that may leave them with a lack of confidence. Veneers can usually last up to seven years without needing to be replaced and is generally in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

They are not usually covered by medical insurance companies as their use is strictly cosmetic.

The Benefits Of Dental Veneers

There are a number of positive aesthetic benefits to veneers.

If you’ve been a heavy smoker or frequent coffee/tea drinker, you’ve likely seen your teeth turn slightly yellow. Veneers are an easy and quick way to restore your smile to an attractive white state.

Veneers are more stain-resistant than natural tooth enamel, so you can drink or smoke without worry about ruining your perfect smile.

As we mentioned before, they’re also the perfect fix for any cosmetically unappealing aspects of your smile. Gaps, chips, crookedness and other traditional smile “problems” are easily fixed by the application of a veneer, though it should be noted that veneers are not replacements for proper orthodontic work.

Veneers have the added benefit of protecting your natural tooth enamel from acidic foods and strong brushing that can wear your teeth down.

Issues With Dental Veneers

Though veneers can be a real life-changer, they don’t come without their share of concerns. Many individuals who get veneers report a higher sensitivity in their teeth that can be an unpleasant sensation. Luckily, many have also reported that this sensitivity tends to dissipate over time.

The permanent nature of a veneer is also considered to be a major concern for interested parties. Once you get a veneer, there is no going back. In order to affix a veneer to your teeth, generally, a doctor will need to file down enamel. That means committing to the procedure is a lifetime decision and one you should not make lightly.

The cost of a veneer is also cost-prohibitive to many interested parties– but can be worth it if you’re serious about having a great smile the rest of your life.

Are Veneers Worth It?

The answer may vary by person. The benefits of dental veneers are plentiful, and a perfect smile is a huge perk to consider. Whether that smile is worth the cost and commitment depends on your personal feelings towards the matter.

Are veneers worth it? You tell us. If you think they might be, feel free to contact your dentist Chattanooga anytime to set up an appointment.

Are Porcelain Veneers Worth the Investment?

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic solution that offer a total smile makeover with just one treatment! Though veneers offer beautiful results, they do come with a higher price tag than many other cosmetic treatments. Many of our patients wonder if the benefits of this treatment are worth the larger cost of porcelain veneers. Below, we talk more about this popular procedure and what you can expect during treatment. If you are interested in receiving porcelain veneers from Docklands Dental Studio in the Victoria Harbour Precinct in Docklands, Melbourne, contact us today to book your cosmetic consultation or email us at [email protected] We serve Southbank, South Wharf, Port Melbourne and North, South and West Melbourne Areas.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are essentially a thin cover for front teeth visible in your smile. Fabricated from medical-grade ceramic material, veneers can be placed directly over your natural teeth in order to camouflage and conceal a variety of aesthetic smile issues.

Veneer treatments have come a long way in the past few years. Traditional veneers are more natural-looking and longer lasting than ever. Also, minimal prep veneers offer an easier placement procedure that retains much of a patient’s natural enamel.

Am I a candidate for treatment?

Generally speaking patients with healthy teeth and gums, free from dental decay and periodontal disease, can receive any cosmetic treatment — porcelain veneers included. Porcelain veneers are usually the treatment of choice for patients looking for a dramatic smile makeover. Those patients who may wish for several cosmetic enhancements (such as straighter and whiter teeth) find veneers to be a faster and more comprehensive way to receive all their smile improvements.

Veneers may be a great option if your teeth are:

  • Minimally chipped or showing fracture lines
  • Unevenly spaced, with crowding or gaps between teeth
  • Discolored
  • Deeply stained from the inner tooth, a stain which cannot be treated by professional whitening
  • Misshapen, and over or under-sized teeth

How much do veneers usually cost?

Many people believe veneers are reserved for the rich and famous, but that’s not true! Many patients just like you are receiving veneers at our Docklands practice. It’s difficult to give one number when discussing porcelain veneers treatment. This is because the cost can vary based on the type of veneers chosen, the individual dental practice or doctor, and even the region of the country where treatment is administered. Veneers are a more costly cosmetic procedure than most of our other cosmetic treatment options. The higher price is simply reflective of the higher quality, custom-made design, and long-lasting results. The general cost of treatment can be anywhere from AU$500 to $2,200 per tooth. However, at a cosmetic consultation at Docklands Dental Studio, you can receive a better estimate on specific estimated costs for your proposed treatment, based on your unique smile goals.

How do I pay for my veneer treatment?

We understand that veneers can be a big investment for patients. We believe that a healthy and beautiful smile is one of the best investments you can make for your self-image and confidence, so we offer two ways to make treatment costs more attainable.

Our Docklands practice is proud to offer Zip® and DentiCare® payment plans for qualifying patients. While each plan differs somewhat, they both allow you to break up your total treatment costs into smaller monthly payments with little or zero interest when paid in full by a certain date. This is a simple and effective way to allow cosmetic treatments to fit into your monthly budget.

What do the treatment costs cover?

Porcelain veneer treatment costs not only cover the procedure of carefully placing veneers to ensure a beautiful smile, but also the custom-designed and made porcelain veneers that are fabricated in a state-of-the-art dental laboratory.

Treatment will begin with a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This is necessary to ensure no restorative procedures are needed before veneers are placed. Any decay, periodontal disease or health issues that may be found must be treated and fully healed before cosmetic treatment can begin.

Next, a member of our Docklands team will take impressions and/or 3D images of your mouth to provide a guide for dental lab technicians who will fabricate custom veneers to fit your natural smile. An analysis of your desired enamel color will help you select the shade of your new teeth, so you can ensure the color of your new teeth will be satisfactory.

Then, your veneers are custom-made in a dental lab. Once completed, a second appointment will be scheduled so we can place your new veneers. To begin, your dentist will prepare your natural teeth by filing the enamel to provide a receptive surface for the new veneers. Depending on the type of veneers you receive, more or less enamel may need to be removed. A strong dental bonding agent is placed on each veneer and your dentist securely bonds the veneers to your prepped teeth. Final tweaks and adjustments ensure your bite is comfortable. And that’s it! Your new smile is ready to enjoy, and with proper care, can last for up to 15 or even 20 years.

Before we start any treatment, we let patients know that traditional veneers are considered a permanent smile solution. They must be maintained to help protect the strength and integrity of teeth that have had enamel removed. While veneers are perfectly safe and not damaging to the health of your teeth, remembering lifetime maintenance costs is another important factor when deciding whether veneers are a good solution for you.

How can I receive porcelain veneers?

If you are interested in a new smile through porcelain veneers, contact Docklands Dental Studio to schedule your cosmetic consultation with a member of our experienced dental team. We can help you determine if porcelain veneers are the best cosmetic solution for you. Book your appointment today! Our dental practice is just a 30 minute commute from North Melbourne or West Melbourne by taking bus or tram into the city. Then, hop on Tram Number 11 or 48 from Collins St towards Docklands and get off at Collins Landing (Stop D17).

Pros and Cons of Veneers: Are They Worth It?

Many people worry about their physical image, especially when it comes to their face and their smile. The more self-conscious of us tend to want to take corrective measures to ensure their smile is optimized for the whitest, brightest teeth. One option they have to create the smile they’ve always wanted is with veneers.

Dental veneers are an easy way to address a variety of aesthetic and physical issues with their thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain fixtures that are cemented to the front surfaces of your natural teeth. They can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth if they are discolored, chipped, broken, or irregularly shaped. And they can come in porcelain, composite, instant, and removable styles.

But veneers are not for everyone. Because they are a permanent fixture, it’s important to discuss this option with your dentist and weigh the pros and cons of veneers to determine if they are worth it.

PROS:

  • Natural looking teeth: The porcelain fixture closely resembles tooth enamel, reflecting light much in the same way as natural teeth.
  • Whiten your smile: Veneers are largely stain-resistant, affording you less worry over discoloration or further whitening of your veneers.
  • Fix minor cosmetic problems: While some opt for braces or other corrective procedures, veneers attach to your natural tooth enamel and mask any existing orthodontic problems. They can also further protect your natural enamel while covered.
  • Longevity and durability: As long as you care for your veneers properly, they can last anywhere from 10-20 years before replacements are needed.
  • Instant results: Don’t worry about multiple dentist appointments or time for this process to develop; the results are instant and the process is minimally invasive.

CONS:

  • High cost: Price will vary by a dentist, location, and quantity of teeth being restored, but typically a single veneer can cost between $1,000 and $2,000. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, veneer installation is not typically covered by dental insurance plans.
  • Susceptible to damage: If you take care of your teeth routinely and properly, the damage is unlikely to occur. But there is still a possibility of chipping, breaking, and detachment. Though they can be replaced, the process must be repeated, making it costly.
  • Increased sensitivity: Because some enamel is chipped away to make room for veneers, your teeth could become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. Often this is only temporary, and there are dental products that can help to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
  • Irreversible procedure: Because some enamel is removed to fit the veneers in, this procedure permanently restructures your teeth. There is no going back once this occurs.

Dr. Wu and our staff at Aesthetic Family Dentistry provide a full spectrum of dental care. We work closely with each of our patients to customize individual treatment plans that successfully meet their personal needs. Contact us today to learn more about the pros and cons of veneers or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of ceramic fused on to the outer side of your teeth, primarily intended to cover yellowed teeth, make them whiter, and make your teeth look brighter. They are mainly recognized as a smile-makeover solution that is durable and lasting. But, makeover solution they may be, they are still a medical process and have their pros and cons. Here we look at the main pros and cons of porcelain veneers:

Pros of Porcelain Veneers

Natural-looking Teeth: Like tooth enamel, porcelain is white and translucent as well. This means light reflects off porcelain just as it does with tooth enamel; reflecting off the layer that is underneath them. The layer under enamel is the yellow dentin and the layer under porcelain is the dental adhesive that bonds it to the teeth. Therefore, porcelain veneers look natural and make your teeth look naturally white.

Stain Resistant: Stains roll or wipe off porcelain just as they do with glass, thanks to porcelain being ceramic. Thus, porcelain veneers are made not just to whiten your teeth initially but to keep them white, even if you often consume stain-producing foods and beverages.

Longevity and Durability: Porcelain veneers are strong and can last up to 10-20 years as long as they are cared for well.

Instant Result: The result in case of this medical beauty solution is instant. You don’t have to wait months or go through multiple appointments for the results to start to show.

Cons of Porcelain Veneers

Possibility of Damage: It is true that porcelain veneers can last for years and remain intact as well but there is always the possibility of it breaking, coming off, or chipping. If it comes off, your dentist will more than likely reattach it, but in case it breaks, you will have to get the process done all over again. Keeping them in good care and not using your teeth for things like opening product packaging will generally keep your veneer safe.

Irreversible Process: Once you get porcelain veneers, you cannot change your mind. A part of your enamel is removed to bond the veneer that entirely changes the look of your teeth. Without the veneer, your teeth can look unaesthetic.

Higher Tooth Sensitivity: If you hate how your teeth react to hot or cold foods and beverages, rethink your decision to get porcelain veneers. They can increase your tooth sensitivity due to the enamel that is removed in the process. However, the increased sensitivity might not occur or may just be temporary.

Typically, the pros always outweigh the cons in the case of porcelain veneers as they are such a simple and effective solution. But it is different for everyone, so it is best to know the pros and cons beforehand.

The Pros And Cons Of Veneers

Dental Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain pieces cemented on the outer surface of a person’s natural teeth and help resolve a wide array of dental issues. However dental veneers have their pros and cons.

Pros of Dental Veneer

  • Teeth Whitening

    Millions of people suffer from stained teeth having an unattractive shade of brown or yellow form due to years of smoking, drinking coffee and consuming highly pigmented food. Dental Veneers are reliable long term solution for teeth whitening and help in restoring your white teeth.

    Your Dentist in Toronto, ON can guide you between veneers, bleaching and other teeth whitening solutions suitable for your teeth.

  • Fix Minor Cosmetic Issues

    Dental veneers can help in fixing gapped teeth or slightly crooked teeth as your teeth cannot move or change its position once the veneer is attached to the outer surface of your teeth. This form of orthodontics dental bonding also helps to hide and camouflage minor dental issues.

    Visit your Dentist in M4H 1C3 to explore different forms of orthodontics dental bonding options to fix your dental flaws.

  • Replacing Damaged Dental Enamel

    People damage their tough enamel due to excessive brushing and consuming high acidic beverages and food. Lost enamel cannot grow back. Dental veneers can help treat enamel erosion or enamel abrasion

    Your Dentist in Toronto can help guide you with appropriate dental and cosmetic options to replace your lost or damaged enamel.

  • Cons of Dental Veneer

  • Cost

    This orthodontics dental bonding method can be quite an expensive dental procedure as a single veneer can cost upwards of $ 1000.

  • Increased Sensitivity

    Many people have complained of a heighten dental sensitivity after application of dental veneers. Tooth sensitivity can be quite painful, inconvenient and uncomfortable but it can be managed using the right dental products.

    A dental veneer is a fantastic method of teeth whitening, hiding damaged or crooked teeth. Your Dentist in Toronto can help you evaluate the pros and cons of dental veneers and recommend the best dental solution based on your oral health and dental needs.

Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons

Ever wonder how celebrities get such perfect smiles? Welcome to the world of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. The results can be astonishing with this cosmetic treatment, although it is not for everyone. It is a permanent change to your teeth and you should understand porcelain veneers pros and cons before deciding to commit to getting them.

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of porcelain designed to cover the surface of your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth to change their shape, size, length and/or color.

Why are they made from porcelain?

Porcelain resists stains better than resin, which is another option for veneers. They also have light-reflecting properties of your natural teeth.

What are porcelain veneers used for?

Porcelain veneers can solve problems such as:

  • Worn out teeth. Your teeth lose enamel over time, which can cause them to appear worn down. This can affect your overall appearance.
  • Misaligned teeth. Some people have teeth that are too short, too long or in the wrong place.
  • Severe discoloration. Some people have discoloration from medication or nerve removal. If this affects one or more of your teeth and cannot be remedied with whitening treatments, veneers may be a good option.

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a great choice for refreshing your smile. They have clear advantages, including:

  • They can make your smile white, bright and nearly perfect.
  • They are durable, tough and can tolerate most types of food. You can still enjoy coffee and wine.
  • You can choose the color. You can choose a color that matches your existing teeth if you are only getting one or two veneers or you can get the whitest option available for a completely bright smile.

What are the disadvantages of porcelain veneers?

Despite the clear cosmetic advantages of porcelain veneers, there are some disadvantages, including:

  • Cost. Porcelain veneers are an expensive option.
  • Permanence. Getting veneers is irreversible. Once they are applied, you will need to continue with them forever. Some enamel has been removed from your tooth, which means it needs the shell of the veneer.
  • They are not invincible. Veneers can fall off or crack and the porcelain doesn’t match the strength of your original teeth. Another option is full porcelain jackets or crowns which have greater resistance to fracture, higher retention and are long-lasting than veneers.
  • Not for everyone. They are not suitable for teeth grinders.

Are you a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers?

You may be a candidate for veneers if you do not have any orthodontic conditions, your teeth and your gums are healthy. Some patients need braces before they can receive veneers in order to put teeth in the right alignment for application.

One of the most important considerations before getting porcelain veneers is to manage your own expectations. Discuss your expectations with your dentist before undergoing treatment. Your dentist will give you a detailed assessment and diagnosis of what you want in order to understand porcelain veneers pros and cons and make sure that veneers are right for you. Schedule a visit at Tru Family Dental today to find out if porcelain veneers are your solution to a beautiful smile.

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Dentists in Belmont can apply dental veneers to the front sides of the teeth. Veneers are an effective way to instantly camouflage a wide range of dental imperfections, including stubborn tooth discoloration, chipped teeth, and misaligned teeth. Some patients may experience some mild tooth sensitivity after receiving their dental veneers. Tooth sensitivity refers to discomfort that occurs upon consuming hot or cold beverages and foods. Sweet and spicy tastes may also trigger tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, much like the tooth sensitivity that can occur after teeth whitening, this problem should resolve by itself within a matter of weeks.

The process of placing dental veneers requires the dentist to gently shave a very small amount of the enamel off of each treated tooth. This is necessary to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. However, the reduced thickness of the enamel increases the risk of temporary tooth sensitivity. For many patients, having a beautiful smile is worth dealing with temporary discomfort. Consider using desensitizing toothpaste for a while after receiving your new veneers.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers, which are occasionally referred to as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers, are wafer-thin shells of tooth-coloured material that is seamlessly bonded to the front of your teeth’s surface. Most often done for cosmetic reasons, dental veneers change the colour, size, shape, and/ or length of your teeth, improving your appearance.

Dental veneers are typically made from a porcelain or resin composite material, which are both discussed in-depth below. Your dentist will help you decide on the best veneer material based on your circumstances, preferences, and budget.

Who Will Benefit from Dental Veneers?

There are plenty of people who will reap the rewards of dental veneers, including those who have:

  • Discoloured or stain teeth, regardless of the reason
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Teeth with large gaps between them
  • Uneven, strangely shaped, or misaligned teeth

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, dental veneers may be exactly what you are looking for. However, if you have weak or unhealthy teeth, such as active gum disease or decay, or insufficient existing enamel, veneers may not be a good choice. This is also the case if you tend to grind or clench your teeth because they can result in chipping or cracking.

Porcelain Veneers

Although porcelain is the more expensive option, these veneers tend to last as long as 20 years with minimal maintenance. They are best at resisting stains and mimicking the light reflecting capabilities of natural teeth.

To make your porcelain veneers, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth. This will be sent to a laboratory, where they can reproduce the shape for your veneers. After the dentist receives the veneers, he or she will make certain they are the ideal fit, shape, and colour-match for your natural teeth before bonding the veneers to your existing teeth.

Composite Resin Veneers

A more affordable option, composite resin veneers, usually last no longer than 8 years and require regular maintenance because they are more likely to chip. Generally, they are placed in a single appointment. After reshaping the tooth for the veneer, the dentist shapes and bonds the composite material to best fit your teeth. Using a special light, the material is hardened before the veneer is smoothed to resemble a natural tooth.

The Process of Getting Dental Veneers

While you can usually get resin composite veneers in a single visit, porcelain veneers often require three visits. This includes an initial consult and two additional dental appointments to manufacture and than place the veneers. It is possible to have more than one tooth done at the same time.

Consultation

During your first appointment, your cosmetic dentist will inspect your teeth and overall oral health, while you explain what you want to achieve, before making a diagnosis and explaining your options, as well as any potential complications and devising a treatment plan.

Preparation

When preparing a veneer, the dentist will trim around ½ millimeter of enamel from the existing tooth’s surface. (This should be a similar thickness from the veneer being added.) Prior to trimming, you dentists will discuss and determine if you need a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, your dentist will create an impression or model of your teeth, which is sent out to a dental lab, where your veneers will be constructed. In most cases, your veneers will arrive within 1-2 weeks. If you find your natural teeth to be especially problematic, you may opt to have temporary dental veneers placed for an additional cost.

Bonding

Before bonding, your veneer will be temporarily placed to ensure it is the right colour and fit. This may require your dentist to trim the veneer or adjust the shade. Then, the teeth which are will have a veneer will be polished which roughens the tooth, allowing for a stronger bond before a special adhesive is applied to the veneer. After placing the veneer on the tooth, a special light beam will be applied to the veneer to activate chemicals in the cement, which results in it hardening or curing very quickly. Once this is completed, any remaning adhesive is removed and your bite will be checked and any final adjustments to the veneer will be made. Your dentist may schedule a follow-up visit several weeks later to make certain your gums are adjusting well to the veneer.

Advantages of Dental Veneers

  • Gum tissue easily tolerates porcelain.
  • Veneers have the appearance of a natural tooth.
  • Veneers provide a more conservative method of changing a tooth’s appearance. Usually, they don’t need the extensive shaping crowns do, but they do offer a more aesthetically pleasing and stronger option.
  • Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains.
  • With porcelain veneers, you can choose the color, which is ideal if your goal is to make dark or stained teeth appear whiter.

Disadvantages of Dental Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite resin bonding.
  • They cannot be removed.
  • Teeth may become more sensitive to hot/ cold foods and drinks because enamel has been removed.
  • In most cases, veneers that become chipped or cracked cannot be repaired.
  • Teeth with veneers can still decay, which may result in the need for a crown in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions – Dental Veneers

How Long Do Venners Last?

There is no definite answer to this question. Instead, there are several variables that influence how long your veneers last and how long they look good. However, composite resin veneers tend to retain their appearance for up to 7 years, depending on your habits and lifestyle. You may require touch ups and re-polishing because they are prone to staining. Porcelain veneers tend to last and retain their appearance longer. Around the 10-year mark, problems may begin to occur, though there is a chance they will last much longer.

Is It Painful to get Veneers?

Generally, no, though you may feel some soreness around the gum or even a little sensitivity. However, within a couple of days, everything should be back to normal. If you do experience problems or severe pain, make an appointment with your dentist ASAP.

Will Dental Veneers Need Special Care?

No. You simply need to continue good oral hygiene practices, including flossing, brushing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. Your dentist may suggest you stay away from foods and drinks known for causing stains, such as coffee, tea, or red wine.

When Veneers Are Not A Good Option

Keep in mind that you need healthy teeth and gums to qualify for dental veneers. If you are struggling with gum disease, oral infections, or tooth decay, you will need to discuss your condition with your dentist. He or she may be able to successfully treat the condition and give you the approval for dental veneers.

Additionally, you may not qualify for veneers if you frequently grind or clench your teeth. This is because grinding and clinching puts excess strain on the veneers and can cause them to break off completely. If you can successfully put an end to these behaviours, your dentist may determine you are a candidate for veneers. It is also worth noting that as dental materials evolve, ceramists may be able to create stronger veneers that can withstand grinding or clenching your teeth.

If you are considering porcelain veneers, remember they are permanent and usually require the dentist to remove a layer of enamel, you need to make absolute certain this is the right decision for you.

Potential Risks and Complications Associated with Dental Veneers

As with all medical procedures, there are risks associated with porcelain veneers, though they are quite rare and minor. They include:

Tooth Sensitivity: Due to the removal of enamel, permanent tooth sensitivity, especially to cold or hot temperatures, is the biggest risk. If sensitivity lasts for longer than 3 to 6 months, this could indicate an underlying problem, such as leaking dental cement or the exposure of a nerve.

Dental Damage: When removing enamel, there is the slight potential for underlying dental damage. On the other hand, a veneer that does not fit properly can change your bite’s alignment, which can result in pain when eating, dental sensitivity, or jaw pain and bruxism.

Future Replacement: Although they tend to last for years, if not decades, veneers will eventually need to be replaced. This requires a second round of enamel removal. If you had extensive erosion prior to your first removal, there may not be enough left for a second set of veneers. Instead, you will need to consider a different restoration process, such as a dental crown or cosmetic bonding. When you are discussing your first set of veneers, you should go ahead and inquire about future replacement possibilities.

Reducing Your Risks

While dental veneers are considered a safe dental procedure, you can do things to reduce your potential for risks even further. This begins with choosing a well-qualified cosmetic dentist. To do this, it is a good idea to read reviews from past patients. In addition, if sensitivity or the permanence of veneers is a serious concern, you may want to consider no-prep veneers, which require less enamel removal. However, it is worth noting that some dental experts believe no-prep veneers simply do not have the natural look of traditional veneers.

Possible Alternatives to Dental Veneers

If you aren’t 100% sure dental veneers are right for you, you may want to consider crowns or bondings. You can discuss your options with your cosmetic dentist.

The Cost of Dental Veneers

Although the price is subject to change, the current cost of porcelain veneers in Australia is around $900 to $1300 per tooth, while the cost of a composite veneer is around $350 to $600 per tooth.

Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin material that are bonded to the facial (front) surfaces of your natural teeth. They are a solution to a variety of physical and aesthetic issues. Because they involve some removal of tooth tissue, you’ll need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before you decide to get them.

The Pros and Cons to Discuss with Your Dentist:

Pro #1: Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems

Slightly crooked or spaced teeth can be treated with braces or other orthodontic treatments, but according to the Australian Dental Association, these problems can sometimes be helped with dental veneers. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the facial surfaces of your teeth permanently. Veneers can camouflage minor orthodontic problems (spaces between the front teeth, crooked teeth, chipped or worn teeth). Your natural teeth may still be spaced or slightly crooked, but nobody will know aside from you and your dentist.

It’s important to note that veneers can’t always replace orthodontic treatment, and your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist instead of placing veneers, depending what your dental diagnosis is.

Pro #2: Replace Damaged Enamel

Enamel is strong, but not indestructible. Your enamel may become worn down from the consumption of highly acidic foods and drinks, which may be in conjuction with overzealous tooth brushing. The stomach acid associated with acid reflux disease can also damage your enamel. This can be a cause for concern, because lost enamel doesn’t grow back. Fortunately, veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with worn enamel due to erosion and/or abrasion, and they are aesthetically pleasing improving your smile.

Con #1: High Cost

The price of veneers will vary based on where you live, whether your dentist or a prosthodontist is recommended and the number of teeth you want restored. They can be expensive.

Con #2: Increased Sensitivity

Some people experience an increase in tooth sensitivity after getting veneers which typically subsides over time. According to the Australian Government Department of Health, you may feel tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable and inconvenient, but you can manage it with the right dental products.

Con #3: Irreversible Procedure

Veneers are considered an irreversible procedure because your dentist needs to change the structure of your natural teeth to properly place them; the outer layer of your enamel may be removed to make room for the veneer to be placed on the tooth.

A Dental Solution to Consider

Dental veneers are an excellent way to hide discoloured, crooked or damaged teeth, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons when considering them as a solution to your dental problems. Consider making an appointment with your dentist so he or she can evaluate whether dental veneers are an option for you to enhance your beautiful smile.

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