Your smile is the centrepiece of your face and it can greatly affect your confidence. If you are looking for porcelain veneers in Melbourne, Collins Precision Dental is the place for you. Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments at the moment. Dental Veneers are thin shells of tooth-coloured material that are bonded to the surface of your tooth to give you a new smile.
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WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Porcelain veneers are great for people looking to improve their smile. They can be a great solution to correcting discoloured, crooked teeth or gaps between teeth. They are also a solution for patients that are suffering from chipped, worn or cracked teeth. In addition, we often recommend porcelain veneers to someone who wants to repair the shape of their teeth and protect them from further problems.
Once the porcelain veneers are applied, they will function like your normal teeth and look even better. Porcelain veneers last about 10 years before needing to be replaced, which gives you a long-lasting, healthy smile.
PORCELAIN VENEERS CAN HELP WITH:
- Chipped / Worn / Broken/ Cracked teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
What Are The Different Types Of Dental Veneers?
There are two main types of veneers in our Melbourne dental clinic that you can choose from. The choice is between two different types of materials; composite (resin) or porcelain. They both have their own advantages, but the decision usually depends on the individual’s budget and desired outcome. At Collins Precision Dental we pride ourselves in providing all the options with adequate explanation so you can make the right choice for you. Importantly a lot of time is spent in analyzing your smile, bite, gum health, teeth and jaw function so that we can be confident in providing a great smile that feels great and will last for years to come. Dr Ryan has over 30 years experience in providing cosmetic dentistry and lectured at universities on cosmetic dentistry, provision of veneers, crowns, bridges etc so you are in excellent hands.
1. COMPOSITE RESIN VENEERS
Composite Resin Veneers tend to be thinner, and very minimal preparation of the natural tooth to be removed. They are usually more suitable for minor restorative work and provided in one appointment. Most of the time there is no need for injections either. They may not last as long as the porcelain veneers but typically last up to 8 years.
2. PORCELAIN VENEERS
The porcelain veneers are better at resisting stains and can mimic the reflective properties of real teeth better than composite veneers. However, these types of veneers in Melbourne are more expensive than composite resin veneers. They are much more durable, however, typically lasting 10 – 15 years but can last up to 20-25 years.
PORCELAIN DENTAL VENEERS PROCEDURE
1. Diagnosis And Planning
Receiving veneers will involve a few trips to your dentist. First and most importantly, you will discuss what you want to achieve from the procedure. For example, maybe you want to fix the gap in your front teeth. From here your dentist will perform a comprehensive diagnosis assessing your smile, bite, gum health, tooth and jaw function and help you to make a decision on the route you should take. Where significant treatment is required a real life smile simulation to your teeth is provided so you can “test drive” your smile before any treatment is provided.
2. Preparation Of The Teeth
The next stage is preparing the tooth to fit the porcelain veneer. The whole point of veneers is to make your teeth appear seamless and natural. In order to do this, about half a 0.3 mm to 0.5mm of enamel is removed from the tooth when porcelain veneers are provided.
3. Bonding The Veneers To Your Teeth
When your porcelain veneers are ready, you will then begin the process of having them attached. First, the porcelain veneers will be placed on your teeth to ensure a proper fit. After this, your dentist will make sure that the colour, shape, alignment is correct. Your teeth are then cleaned and polished, which helps with the bonding process. Once your teeth are clean, the porcelain veneers are positioned over your teeth and a light beam is used to harden the cement and bond the veneers. Your dentist then removes any additional cement and checks your bite to confirm that the veneers have not interfered with your chewing or biting.
After the completion of your procedure, we may ask you to return for a check-up appointment. This is completely normal and allows a member of our Melbourne dental staff to ensure that everything is working properly and you are satisfied with the outcome.
Your dentist then removes any additional cement and checks your bite to confirm that the veneers have not interfered with your chewing or biting. After the completion of your procedure, we may ask you to return for a check-up appointment. This is completely normal and allows a member of our Melbourne dental staff to ensure that everything is working properly.
ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO DENTAL VENEERS?
At Collins Precision Dental in Melbourne, there are a few alternative options to veneers that our patients can consider. If you’re looking for veneers Melbourne solutions, we offer a range of choices.
VENEERS ALTERNATIVES INCLUDE
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are more enduring, cost effective and predictable than traditional dental solutions. They are far superior to conventional removable dentures and bridges. Dental implants are the new rescue mission for failing teeth. They are non-removable, function like natural teeth, defying aging, stabilizing the jaw, and enhancing both chewing and digestion. The confidence dental implants provide are invaluable.
2. Smile Makeover
Smile makeovers can be used to correct a number of cosmetic issues such as gaps or spaces between teeth. Smile makeovers can also correct discoloured teeth, chipped or crooked teeth, as well as gummy smiles, whitening, dental cosmetic bonding, orthodontics and ceramic veneers.
3. Composite Bonding
The Dental cosmetic bonding procedure involves artistic and skilful use of the correct colour and amount of mouldable dental composite material. The tooth coloured resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to improve the individual’s smile. Typically, cosmetic bonding will last 3-5 years.
BENEFITS OF PORCELAIN VENEERS
Dental veneers are a versatile cosmetic dental solution that can transform your smile. They are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth, effectively concealing imperfections and enhancing your overall smile aesthetic. Veneers are an ideal option for addressing a range of dental concerns, including:
- Discoloration: Veneers can effectively mask stubborn stains, discoloration, and even tetracycline staining, restoring a bright and radiant smile.
- Chipped, worn, or broken teeth: Veneers can seamlessly repair chipped, worn, or broken teeth, restoring their natural shape and function.
- Crooked teeth: Veneers can be used to straighten mildly crooked teeth, creating a more symmetrical and aligned smile.
- Poorly shaped teeth: Veneers can reshape teeth that appear too long, too short, or otherwise misshapen, achieving a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile.
- Gaps between teeth: Veneers can effectively close gaps between teeth, creating a more unified and evenly spaced smile.
With proper care, dental veneers can last for up to 15 years or more, providing you with a long-lasting and confident smile. They function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile without any restrictions.
If you are considering dental veneers to enhance your smile, it is crucial to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist. They will assess your individual needs and goals, discuss the procedure in detail, and ensure you receive the best possible results.
HOW LONG DO PORCELAIN VENEERS LAST?
With proper care and attention, porcelain veneers can typically last between 10 to 15 years, but they can endure for up to 20 to 25 years. At Collins Precision Dental, we prioritize a thorough assessment of your bite, jaw function, and potential risk factors that may influence the longevity of your veneers. This comprehensive approach ensures that your veneers are well-suited to your individual needs and maximize their lifespan.
How to Maximize the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers:
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing once a day.
- Avoid hard, sticky, or sugary foods to protect your veneers from damage and decay.
- Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth to prevent chipping or breaking.
- Schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings to monitor the condition of your veneers and address any concerns promptly.
ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS PERMANENT?
Yes, porcelain veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic dental treatment. Before recommending veneers, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination to evaluate your overall oral health, including your smile, bite, gum health, tooth and jaw function, and discuss your aesthetic goals. This comprehensive assessment ensures that veneers are the right choice for you and that they will complement your natural teeth and smile.
In cases where significant changes are planned, we offer a unique “test drive” experience using real-life smile simulations. This allows you to visualize your potential smile outcome before proceeding with any permanent treatment. This personalized approach ensures that you are fully informed and satisfied with the anticipated results.
ARE VEENERS PAINFUL?
No, veneers are not a painful procedure. With meticulous planning and the use of tooth preparation guides, the process is minimally invasive and typically performed under local anesthesia. This ensures that you will experience no discomfort during the procedure. While you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity afterward, it is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Key factors contributing to the painlessness of veneers:
- Precise Procedure: Minimal tooth enamel removal preserves the tooth structure and ensures excellent bond strength of the veneers.
- Local Anesthesia: Painless treatment effectively numbs the area, eliminating any discomfort during the procedure.
- Excellent Fit: The precise fit of the porcelain veneers prevents irritation or exposure of the underlying tooth, minimizing post-treatment sensitivity.
ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS STAIN-RESISTANT?
Yes, porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant due to the non-porous nature of porcelain. This prevents staining agents from penetrating the surface, unlike natural tooth enamel, which can absorb stains from food and beverages. As a result, porcelain veneers can maintain their bright, white appearance for many years.
However, it’s important to note that the margin between the veneer and the tooth can become stained over time, especially if the fit of the veneer is not ideal. This is why it’s crucial to choose an experienced and skilled dentist who specializes in porcelain veneers. A skilled dentist will ensure that the veneers are properly fitted and bonded to the teeth, minimizing the risk of staining at the margins. Dr Ryan has over 30 years of experience in providing cosmetic dentistry and lectured at universities on cosmetic dentistry including the provision of veneers, so you are in excellent hands.
CAN PORCELAIN VENEERS BE WHITENED?
Porcelain veneers, unlike natural teeth, are not porous. This means they do not absorb staining agents and therefore cannot be whitened using traditional whitening methods, such as bleaching agents or whitening strips. The non-porous nature of porcelain is also what makes it stain-resistant, a significant advantage over natural tooth enamel.
If you notice any staining or discoloration around the edges of your veneers, it’s important to consult your dentist. They may be able to gently polish the veneers to remove the staining. In some cases, the veneers may need to be replaced if the staining is too severe.
CAN VENEERS BECOME CHIPPED OR BROKEN?
Yes, porcelain veneers, while durable and aesthetically pleasing, can chip or break under certain circumstances. Here are some factors that can increase the risk of chipping or breakage:
- Trauma: A direct blow to the mouth or face, such as during a fall or sports injury, can chip or break a veneer.
- Hard foods: Biting into hard foods, such as ice, candy, or hard nuts, can put excessive stress on the veneers, causing them to chip or break.
- Clenching or grinding teeth: Clenching or grinding your teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism, can wear down the veneers, making them more susceptible to chipping or breaking.
- Improper care: Inadequate oral hygiene, including insufficient brushing and flossing, can lead to decay underneath the veneers, weakening them and increasing the likelihood of chipping or breakage. Additionally, a sugary diet can also contribute to decay and weaken the veneers.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Caring for porcelain veneers is crucial to ensure their longevity and maintain their aesthetic appeal. Here are some essential tips for proper porcelain veneer care:
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled electric toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Floss once a day to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth and along the gum line.
- Avoid hard and sticky foods: Biting into hard foods, such as ice or toffees can put excessive stress on the veneers and cause them to chip or break.
- Wear a mouthguard if you clench or grind your teeth: Grinding or clenching your teeth at night (bruxism) can make them more susceptible to chipping.
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings: Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. These visits allow your dentist to thoroughly examine your veneers, assess the bite, and identify any potential problems early on.
- Limit consumption of staining foods and beverages: Dark-colored foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries, can stain the margins of porcelain veneers over time.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking can stain the margins of porcelain veneers and contribute to gum disease. Quitting smoking is highly beneficial for overall health and maintaining the integrity of your veneers.
- Seek immediate attention if damage occurs: If a veneer chips or breaks, contact your dentist immediately. Early intervention can often repair or replace the damaged veneer, minimizing disruption to your smile and oral health.
Remember, proper care and attention can extend the lifespan of your porcelain veneers and keep your smile looking its best for years to come.
WHY CHOOSE COLLINS PRECISION DENTAL FOR YOUR DENTAL VENEERS IN MELBOURNE?
Collins Precision Dental has over 30 years of experience providing high-quality dental care, including veneers.
Expertise: The team at Collins Precision Dental has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry, including veneers.
We meticulously assess each patient’s unique situation, considering factors like jaw function, bite patterns, and cosmetic preferences to craft a personalized treatment plan. This comprehensive approach ensures that you achieve not only a stunning smile but also one that feels natural and comfortable.
Collins Precision Dental uses the latest technology to create natural-looking and long-lasting veneers.
Collins Precision Dental is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to all of their patients.
Collins Precision Dental is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, making it easy to get to.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how veneers may be right for you, then reach out to a member of our friendly, highly-professional staff today. We’re happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
For more information on dental crowns or any of our services and treatments in general, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9654 5705, or visit us at our Melbourne dentist clinic located centrally on Collins Street.