Veneers are great ways to brighten up and restore your beautiful smile.
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite materials bonded onto the front of your teeth to re-create the natural appearance of your teeth. Unlike teeth whitening, veneers not only change the colour of your teeth but also the shape, length, position and size of your teeth. Thus it is one of the best treatment options to deal with discolouration, spacing problems, slightly misaligned teeth, or fractured teeth all at once. Veneers can either improve the appearance of one damaged or misaligned tooth or be done on multiple teeth, creating a complete makeover of your smile. Veneers can give dramatic results with a perfect, bright and uniform smile.
There are many conditions that can interfere with the success of veneers. Conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay and periodontitis will need to be fully treated before proceeding with the placement of veneers.
Veneers involve removing some of your enamel. The thickness of your natural tooth to be removed depends on the position of your teeth or the severity of teeth discolouration. Thus having veneers are irreversible and is an important decision that we can guide you in making. If your natural teeth are functioning well, veneers may not be ideal as they are damaging to your natural teeth. That said, veneers are much less destructive than crowns which require more of your natural teeth to be removed.
If your teeth are weak from being restored with fillings, crowns may be more suitable to strengthen your teeth. If your teeth are so heavily restored that crowns may fail, other options like extraction and subsequently, partial dentures, bridges and implants can be considered.
At Dentist Mandy, we will consider the holistic state of your teeth and we can create a treatment plan to combine several treatment options for your best outcome.
Porcelain veneers create a very natural appearance and can match the colour of your teeth more closely than composite veneers. Porcelain is also a lot more stain resistant than composite materials, are more easily kept clean and maintained and last longer than composite ones. That said, composite veneers are cheaper and require less tooth structure to be removed than porcelain veneers. For more information about composite veneer, you can visit here.
First and foremost, you have to have good oral health to have veneers. We will have to first treat any gum disease and tooth decay as they can decrease the accuracy in creating the veneers and its success as treatment of cavities and periodontitis may interfere with the veneers.
Veneers are most suitable for mildly discoloured teeth as heavy discolouration requires thicker veneers to cover up which would require more of your natural tooth structure to be removed to fit the veneers on. We often advise teeth whitening to be conducted first so that there will be less discolouration and more of your natural teeth can be preserved. It is also effective to cover up chipped or fractured teeth, irregular, uneven, asymmetric teeth or teeth worn out from grinding.
The best way to correct crooked teeth is to have braces. However, this may not always be practical for many reasons. If your teeth are slightly crowded or crooked, veneers may be used instead of orthodontics treatment (braces).
However, if you have teeth that are severely out of position, if you have a severe overbite or crossbite, orthodontics treatment should be considered. Once the position of your teeth is corrected, veneers can correct the colour and shape of your teeth.
Like all other restorations, veneers need to be replaced after a period of time. The frequency of replacement will depend on the level of wear and tear, your diet and lifestyle. As your gum line can change over time, veneers may also need to be replaced to be aesthetically desirable.
The colour and shape of your porcelain veneers cannot be changed once they have been bonded on thus we always emphasis on communication and ensure that you are really happy with your veneers before bonding them on. If you wish to redo your veneers or if they break for instance due to grinding habits and need to be replaced, more destruction to your natural teeth will occur as your teeth may need to be further drilled down for replacement veneers.
As with any restoration, tooth decay can still occur as the natural tooth margins around the veneers are still susceptible to decay and can lead to the veneers falling off if not properly maintained.
Once veneers are fitted on, you can eat, chew and brush your teeth normally with little recovery time. That said, you should always bear in mind that any restored teeth are not as strong as your natural teeth. Veneers can still chip and fracture and if you have grinding habits be sure to wear a night splint. Similarly, avoid hard foods and contact sports as much as possible to reduce the risk of your veneers chipping.
You may experience some temporary sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages as some enamel has been removed. Your gum margins may also be slightly sore from the polishing. However, these should subside within a few days.
Most importantly, be sure to maintain good daily oral hygiene and attend regular dental checkups to ensure the longevity of your veneers.
At Dentist Mandy, we are here to understand your individual needs and will advise you on your best treatment plan, ensuring that you achieve the most aesthetically desirable outcome and ensure you maintain your optimal long-term oral health. Contact us today to discuss if veneers or teeth whitening is right for you.