What are dental veneers?

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry there is a procedure that is really gaining popularity; wonderfully versatile dental veneers. Sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers or laminates, these are essentially incredibly thin pieces of toothlike material that are fixed to the front surface of your teeth to improve the appearance of them dramatically.  Veneers can change the size, the colour and the shape of your teeth leading to a greatly improved and desirable appearance.

What is the first step?

The first thing you should do if considering dental veneers is to contact your dentist like those at Spa Dental Sydney, to arrange a consultation to outline exactly what you hope to achieve from the whole process. Although the process may seem relatively simple, a dentist will want to examine the current condition of your teeth, the symmetry of your face or even take a look at X-rays and scans, in order to apply their industry knowledge to finding you the best smile you can expect.

What are dental implants made from?

Dental implants are generally made from a resin compound or porcelain with porcelain mimicking the natural appearance of the teeth better and providing more of a resistance to staining food or drink.

Can dental implants help with anything other than aesthetic issues?

While their primary application is to correct the aesthetics of your teeth, veneers can actually reduce the sensitivity of your teeth and protect them when chipped or broken. They can be used to help when your teeth have become overly gapped or worn down, thus reducing the overall strain on your mouth and jaw when eating certain foods. Fundamentally though dental implants will improve the overall appearance of your teeth.

How do you go about getting dental veneers?

A dentist like the ones at Spa Dental Sydney will be able to arrange an initial consultation where, as mentioned, they will be able to outline an exact treatment plan for you. This may require multiple visits to the dentist to refine and approve the treatment for your teeth. You will likely have the opportunity to trial the treatment and make sure that the final outcome will meet your expectations. The process may involve taking a custom impression of your teeth to make sure you are getting a unique and personal fit for your dental veneers.

What does the process involve

Under a form of sedation agreed upon by you and your dentist you will have a small amount of the enamel removed from your teeth, practically equal to the size of the veneer to be applied. The impression is then taken of your teeth and sent to a laboratory to design your veneers. Once you return to the dentist to have your dental veneers fitted they will examine the fit and colour of the product before final bonding. This is to make sure that the colour, size and shape matches your mouth fully. Following a clean and polish your teeth will be roughened to allow the bond to be as good as possible. After fully adjusting, trimming and positioning the veneers for your teeth the dentist will apply the special bonding cement. This is cured under UV light to allow the veneer to fix in place. Final adjustments and trimmings of excess bonding agent then take place and you are ready to go!

Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.