Porcelain veneers, also called cosmetic veneers, are a brilliant way to solve a common problem. Like most people, you probably smile when you’re happy, but you’re not happy with your smile. Maybe you just want front teeth veneers. Perhaps you have a small number of teeth you are unsatisfied with. Perhaps you want to change your whole dental appearance.
When you get porcelain veneers, you can work with our team to choose the exact size, shape and colour of the teeth you wish to change. Yes, you can actually customise the smile you always wanted! The result will be a beautiful, long lasting and natural-looking smile that’s resistant to chipping and staining. If you have teeth that are visibly misaligned or discoloured or both, it could be that porcelain veneers are the way to restore the beauty of your smile. It’s one of the most popular treatments here at Perth’s leading cosmetic dentist, Advanced Dental Artistry.
How does porcelain veneer treatment work?
Like all the procedures we offer at Advanced Dental Artistry, we will plan your porcelain veneer treatments with great care.
First, we need to make sure the procedure will give you the results you expect. We want to know a little bit about you, how you feel about your smile, and how you wish it would appear.
Second, we ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. If your dental health is good, we can then take impressions, make some study models and create mock-up veneers to show you what’s achievable.
The treatment itself involves two visits. The first involves preparing the bonding faces of your teeth and taking impressions. These impressions are sent to our lab, where your veneers are created. Acrylic mock-ups are fitted as a temporary measure.
On your second visit, we will bond your new veneers to your teeth using a sequence of materials and processes that result in a bond at least as strong as the tooth itself.
Last, because your veneers are just like brand new teeth, it is common to have the teeth adjacent to the veneers whitened to match. The result, an immediately dazzling smile.
What is possible with porcelain crowns and veneers?
If your teeth, gums and underlying bone are healthy, there is no reason porcelain veneers and crowns can’t:
Veneers are possibly the most common, affordable cosmetic dentistry solution used to improve the appearance of a smile. They can cover gaps, fix discoloration, make individual teeth appear straight, replace damaged parts of a tooth, widen your smile and even improve your bite. If you are thinking about dental veneers, you will be probably weighing up what type of veneers will be right for you.
A composite veneer procedure is a special dental bonding technique that is offered by many dentists. In the procedure, a special tooth-coloured resin is applied to and shaped directly on your teeth. This procedure can generally be done in as little as one appointment.
Porcelain veneers are widely considered the best dental veneers. They retain a realistic translucence that mimics the appearance of natural teeth and can last up to 20 years! Strong, highly resistant to damage and stains, porcelain maintains its appearance for many years without follow-up treatments. Unlike fitting composite veneers, the process to fit porcelain veneers generally takes place over several visits which includes trial smiles and more thorough diagnostics.
Porcelain vs “Lumineers” – how do you decide?
All our clients want a more beautiful smile. Many are interested in veneers and weigh them up against the similar trademarked product of Lumineers. So, why in the end do the majority of people like you choose veneers?
The decision all comes down to a simple question: what do you want your smile to be –tailored fitted or tailor made? Lumineers are an innovative dental product that are mass-produced by DenMat in the USA. They can be fitted in just a few visits and are promoted as entirely reversible, right? Not quite. While it is true that no drills are involved in preparing your teeth for Lumineers, they still need to be etched to roughen their surface. This etching is permanent.
The same swift time it takes to fit Lumineers also serves to limit how much design input your dentist can give and also means you cannot trial your Lumineers. The customisation can only be done once in production and the fitting can only be done once.
Do you use metal crowns or veneers?
No. The old style, metal-lined porcelain crowns and veneers can cause the gums to recede due to metal sensitivity. The result: dark lines on your pearly whites. The old style of veneers also tend to look very dense in colour to mask the metal. Dentistry has come a long way since then.
These days, our crowns and veneers are handcrafted with pure porcelain by our talented in-house technicians. There is no metal to mask, and the pure porcelain allows light to shine through the tooth, giving a healthy, natural look.
We can make the teeth as perfect or as characterful as you prefer. We can create an entirely new smile or blend with your neighbouring teeth.
In our professional opinion, “minimum-preparation porcelain veneers” are the more comprehensive answer, yet still preserve as much tooth enamel as possible. Furthermore, each individual veneer is tailor made – handcrafted by the best dental ceramists in Western Australia.
As our focus is always on giving you your most beaming smile, we believe you deserve the best our highly skilled in-house technicians can give. That means veneers. A beautiful result takes time, planning, trial and in-person consultations.
The video below discusses Dr Adrian’s patient Elly. It is over 10 years since she had her porcelain veneer treatment and her cosmetics still look as good today as they did back then! A new smile forever more is certainly not something to rush today.
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