Before and After Examples
Porcelain veneering requires two appointments. At the first appointment the teeth in question are ‘shaved’ a little to allow space for the porcelain veneer to be fitted once it has been made. After the teeth have been prepared a very accurate impression is taken of the teeth, from which the veneers are created. A further impression is taken of the opposing teeth so that the bite will be correct when the veneers are inserted. The impressions are sent to our laboratory where the veneers are fashioned. Generally, veneers will take approximately 2 weeks to create. The patient returns to the clinic, where the dentist first polishes the prepared teeth & then ‘try’s in’ the veneers to ensure they are fit perfect and colour perfect . Once this has been done the veneers are cemented into place using a high quality dental material and a bright light to set the material. The teeth are checked again to make sure they are correct in the bite. Once this is all complete and both the patient and the dentist are happy with the result, the patient is free to leave.
Porcelain veneers may require some possible modifications in patient habits. The teeth that have been veneered should not be used for actions that could ‘shear’ off the veneer. Examples off this are: chewing on pens, biting cotton or fishing line, chewing fingernails. Biting into foods such as apples or carrots should also be avoided; instead the food should be cut into bite size pieces and eaten that way. These changes of habits are easily integrated and become new habits very quickly.
Veneering is certainly a fantastic option for many patients who want to improve their smile. If you’re wondering if it’s for you, please feel free to ask a member of your dental team if you would be a good candidate. The staff can also answer any enquiries you may have regarding costs involved and item numbers for claiming from your health fund.
This treatment was completed in a single one-hour appointment and involved 7 composite resin veneers.
When the patient left the surgery the work was complete and their new smile was ‘ready to go’.
Composite resin veneers can be a more cost effective way to veneer your teeth in the short term. The cost of each veneer is less than half the cost of porcelain veneers. The problem is that unlike porcelain veneers, that will never stain, composite resin veneers do discolour over time and will need to be replaced.
When requiring a number of veneers it can also be possible to have a combination of porcelain and composite veneers and replace the composite ones with porcelain over time. This can be extremely beneficial if claiming from your health fund, since most funds will not pay a benefit on numerous porcelain veneers in one year.
If this procedure is of interest to you, please feel free to ask one of your dental team about it to find out if you would be a suitable candidate for it.
Patient #5 – Gum coloured filling material
If this is something you think might interest you please feel free to contact us with any queries.