There are numerous reasons for the need to place veneers on teeth. In society today there is an increasing emphasis on out outward appearance and this can directly affect our personal as well as our professional lives
Dental veneers is a very common procedure to straighten slightly crooked teeth or permanently whitening teeth that has been damaged by age or wear.
Veneers are commonly made from two materials.
Porcelain veneers are usually the veneers of choice due to their durability and well as their ability to maintain the teeth like characterisation. The range of shape shade and characterisation of porcelain veneers are infinite, ranging from the natural teeth look all the way to the Hollywood bleached white appearance.
Before and after:
Braces placed overseas. Patient moved to Australia. After braces were removed teeth were discolouration and decay was evident. Improved with porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers is a cost effective alternative to porcelain veneers. In many instances a similar result can be obtained using this material.
Composite veneers are made from composite resin, the filling material that is used for most dental fillings. This is primarily used to mask discolouration and/ or correct slightly misaligned teeth.
The major advantage of using this material is a veneer material is that is can be placed relatively quickly, however, regular maintenance of veneers with this material is usually required over time.
There are times that either veneers or just orthodontics may not provide the perfect outcome for patients. In some situations a combination of orthodontics and veneers is required to achieve the best possible outcome.
The use of orthodontics prior to veneer work may be essential to preserve as much tooth structure as possible. We tailor our treatment plans on a case by case basis and focus on the needs and desired outcome for the patient.