What Are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

by Dr Anthony Hua
The pandemic has brought some new lifestyle changes and shifts in not only the way we see each other but how we see ourselves. The new reality of many of us working from home has resulted in the creation of sales spiking in things like home office equipment, but also cosmetic and dental procedures, due to many people spending more hours on virtual conference calls. Not only is there a trend to better our wellness, but also to improve our appearance.

If you have been noticing some imperfections in your smile, chances are seeing yourself through the unforgiving laptop lens, has heightened your desire to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Dental veneers are the perfect solution for correcting the appearance of unevenness, discolouration, chips or gaps. The procedure can help boost your self-esteem and is one of the best investments you can make in your overall wellness as a beautiful smile can make a world of difference for your confidence.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are laminates that are bonded to your natural teeth in a thin enough layer that you wouldn’t even realise they are in your mouth. Porcelain is the material of choice being stain-resistant, colour-stable, and robust enough to handle the thin profile needed to make a veneer. The porcelain is biocompatible, which means your gums and body won’t feel the need to react as if there was a foreign intruder. They are permanently fixed to your normal tooth structure and bonded in place with the latest cutting-edge materials and techniques. Thanks to advances in technology in recent years, very little tooth structure if any, generally needs to be reduced and the finished result are well-shaped, healthy teeth that you have always deserved.

How are Dental Veneers Created?

One of the biggest concerns from patients is thinking a dental veneer will be a generic shape or a one-size-fits-all design. With quality Cosmetic Dentistry, this is not the case – your veneers will be unique, individualised, and not simply a “cookie-cutter” design. They are carefully custom-made specifically for you, accounting for your age, gender, complexion, facial proportions, surrounding teeth, lip, gum, and teeth-specific factors.

Where to Get Your Dental Veneers?

Reputation is important in Dentistry, especially in Cosmetic Dentistry as the quality of materials, techniques used, and clinician’s knowledge and skills differ tremendously and therefore, the aesthetic result can be dramatically different. Up-to-date knowledge on technology, techniques as well as understanding and incorporating evidence-based materials and methods is critical. Word-of-mouth and judicious research of online reviews can help guide you toward a reputable Cosmetic Dentist.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are two types of Veneers:

Composite Veneers

These are made of high-quality, white, composite resin material and are built directly onto your tooth and bonded in just one appointment. This is a slightly more affordable option compared to porcelain veneers, and these have a life expectancy of around five years. It is essential to maintain regular oral hygiene and treat composite veneers how you would your own teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

These, as the name suggests, are made of porcelain and are as strong as your natural teeth allowing you to have the teeth you have always wanted and the longevity to go with it. With porcelain veneers, you can design your own perfect Hollywood smile, in collaboration with our team and trusted lab ceramist. We will listen to what you want to achieve and advise on what is possible to ensure both functional and aesthetic perfection. These can last for ten years or longer and are naturally colour-stable and resistant to staining, you simply look after them as you would your natural teeth.

How Do I Maintain My Veneers?

Maintenance of dental veneers is very similar to taking care of your natural teeth. Always ensure you brush and floss twice a day using a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and keep visiting your dentist every six months for your preventative care appointments.

Reach out to us at Burleigh Dental Studio, to find out more about any aspect of dental veneers or Cosmetic Dentistry. We are passionate about what we do and are always happy to discuss what is involved, including your suitability for specific procedures and the likely costs associated. Please feel free to call us on 07 5576 6208 or send us a message.

dr anthony huaArticle by Dr Anthony Hua – Principal Dentist

Dr Anthony Hua is the Founder & Principal Dentist at Burleigh Dental Studio. His passion, expertise and dedication to the field of dentistry have been recognised by his achievement of Fellowship status with the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

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