Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain dental veneers, also known as, tooth veneers or dental veneers, are a modern aesthetic treatment to fix problems such as chips, wear and tear and severe discolouration of teeth.
Tooth or dental veneers differ to tooth crowns in a way that they only cover the front of the tooth and not its entire circumference.
Tooth veneers have improved dramatically over the years. Newer tooth veneer systems use porcelain materials that are very similar to tooth enamel. This means that they do not stand out as foreign objects and blend in with the rest of the smile perfectly. Modern tooth veneer systems also do not require teeth to be cut extensively for their placement. Tooth enamel is very precious and needs to be preserved as much as possible and modern systems allow us to achieve this goal.
Tooth veneer treatment is a common procedure performed at Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry. Every case is assessed based on its own merit. We consider, using your input, as to what is the most cost-effective and minimally invasive procedure we can provide and what is the minimum number of tooth veneers we can place to produce maximum effect. A mock-up treatment is often performed to assess this and also to see if you are comfortable and happy with the estimated end result.
Once the treatment is approved we try to duplicate the mock up as accurately as possible using modern computerised technology. Usually, no injections are given as teeth are often left intact and no cutting is required depending on the case. Please note that bond between the veneer and the tooth is strongest when the tooth veneer is placed on healthy enamel. This is another reason why we keep the cutting of the teeth to an absolute minimum.
The longevity of ceramic (porcelain) tooth veneers is very much dependent on home care. As tooth grinding can fracture veneers, wearing a night guard is often advised.
If you have any questions about tooth veneers, please call us on (08) 8213 1821 or send us an email.
Dental Veneers – What is involved?
Traditionally dental veneers require cutting of teeth (so the new veneers can be attached to the existing tooth), and fabrication of temporary veneers while the porcelain veneers are made. This often requires injections to numb the teeth, multiple visits and normally a minimum of 1-2 weeks between visits.
This is NOT how dental veneers are done in Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dental veneers, Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry way
At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry with careful case selection we provide the veneers with no or minimal cutting of the tooth enamel. Why? Because your tooth enamel is what gives your teeth strength and rigidity, once cut, your tooth can become weaker.
To know how the new veneers will work on your teeth a "mock up" is performed first. This is to give both you and the dentist the necessary information about your teeth, lips and face, and how the new veneers will look and function. Once the mock-up is approved, a record of the mock up is taken to make sure it can be replicated.
Teeth are then prepared for impressions so that porcelain veneers can be made. All the sharp edges and bulging sections of the tooth are polished back. As we are not removing the enamel, no injections are needed unless there is an old filling that needs to be removed.
The veneers are designed by computer technology using the blueprint of the performed mock up. They are then fabricated, polished and perfected. This process takes a few days for large cases or can be done while you wait in a single tooth case.
The veneers are tried in, observed and adjusted if needed. The colour can be modified using a variety of shades of cement (glue) to make sure it blends in with the rest of the teeth seamlessly.
It is only when both you and the dentist are happy with the results and you have given the final OK that the veneers are placed permanently.
We pride ourselves in the naturally beautiful results that we create. Often other dental professionals won’t be able to tell from our pictures which tooth has the veneer. Results though dramatic are so subtle that patients' close friends even are often unable to pick what is changed.
So how does the procedure work? It’s simple
Then a digital mould is taken for making the veneers based on the performed mock up. Minimum roughening of the outer layer of enamel (not visible by naked eye) is performed before digital impressions (photos) are taken again to fabricate the final result, no injections, no temporaries are needed.