Restore your smile and your confidence.
The dentists at Sundial Dental may be able to improve your badly stained, shaped or crooked teeth with veneers.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are cemented over the front of your teeth to change their colour or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or teeth that are chipped, discoloured, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.
They can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discoloured fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
Veneers have a longer life expectancy and colour stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking. Little or no anaesthesia is needed for preparation or application of the veneers.
Smooth, even teeth in three steps
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments:
1. Diagnosis and treatment planning – a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly trained and qualified dentists.
2. Preparation - usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimetre of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anaesthetic. During the same visit, a mould is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. For certain patients no preparation of the teeth may be necessary.
3. Bonding – usually one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface to check and adjust their fit and shade or colour. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the colour of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth which is then hardened by a laser.
During a two-week period of adjustment you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment.
It is important to note that veneers are usually irreversible because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
For more information about how veneers can restore your smile call the Sundial Dental dentists at Port Macquarie, Taree, Laurieton and Wauchope today.