Dental veneers are a non-invasive and natural way to quickly improve your smile’s appearance. If you’re wondering if veneers can effectively transform your smile, the answer is yes! Veneers have revolutionised smiles, thanks to the amount of customisation they offer but exactly how do veneers work and are they worth it?
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, slivers of hard-wearing material made of porcelain or composite. They are affixed to the front of your teeth to correct discolouration and damage, such as chips or cracks, in one easy step. They can be used individually or in rows to produce a straight, even smile that is a much quicker fix than years of orthodontic treatment.
How do veneers work?
The Process of Getting Veneers
Getting dental veneers is a quick and painless process that can be completed by your dentist in as little as two visits: the first visit for preparation of your teeth and taking impressions, and the second visit for bonding the veneers to your natural teeth.
The impressions are sent to a lab where the veneers are created specifically for you, usually taking about 2 weeks from start to finish. Once the veneers arrive at your dentist’s office, you’ll return to have the veneers permanently bonded onto your teeth by a special light-activated adhesive. The whole process takes about 2-4 weeks from start to finish, but it’s well worth it because after this process is complete, you’ll never have to worry about your damaged teeth showing again!
How do Veneers Work to Create a Straight Smile?
Mild to moderately crooked teeth can be disguised with a row of dental veneers to create a straight white smile. Because they are so thin, they can cover spaces and gaps to create a smile you’re proud of. So while dental veneers don’t replace chipped, cracked or broken teeth, they provide a super-strong cosmetic replacement that protects the natural tooth beneath while creating a healthy, more durable smile.
What is the Difference Between How Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers Work?
- Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent option. This is because the tooth’s structure has to be altered—a thin sliver of enamel must be removed from the front of the tooth to affix the veneer. So, you can’t reverse the process.
- Composite veneers do not require the tooth’s structure to be altered, and if you decide you don’t want them any longer you can have them removed and revert to your tooth’s natural look.
- Porcelain veneers typically require two appointments at the dentist—the first for impressions and the second to affix the veneer.
- Composite veneers can be applied in one visit.
- Porcelain veneers are hard-wearing and have a long lifespan of around 15 years, at which point they will need replacing.
- Composite veneers are not as hard-wearing and have a lifespan between 5 and 7 years.
- Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
- Composite veneers are less resistant to staining, particularly from tea, coffee, red wine and curries.
- Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers.
- Composite veneers may be cheaper than porcelain but they will need replacing more often and may not be as cost-effective in the long term.
How do veneers work and what are the benefits?
Dental veneers are a quick-fix solution with the process from start to finish completed in as little as a day to a few weeks.
- Veneers are a great solution for a variety of minor cosmetic dentistry problems.
- Veneers are custom-made to fit each patient’s unique dental needs and preferences, so you’ll never have to worry about them looking bulky or unnatural. Once they’re permanently bonded to your teeth, they’ll look totally flawless!
How Do Veneers Work? – The takeaway
If you’re ready for a smile makeover, veneers could be the solution. If you’d like to find out more about composite or porcelain veneers and whether they are right for you call your nearest Sydney clinic at My Local Dentists or schedule an appointment with us.
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