Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth coloured pressed porcelain designed to cover the front surface of teeth, and are seamlessly bonded to the front of the teeth to change their colour, shape, size, or length, to improve appearance,
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than composite resin veneers, and exactly reflect light in a natural and enduring way so that they copy the look of perfect and natural teeth.
Veneers can restore
Teeth that are discoloured from wear and tear, tetracycline staining, excess fluoride, large fillings
Teeth that are worn down
Teeth that are chipped or broken
Teeth that are uneven, out of line or irregularly shaped teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
the procedure for a Veneer
A dental veneer requires two visits to the dentist
Diagnosis and treatment planning. The dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you
Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Your dentist will take an imprint of your tooth and bite. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory and a master ceramist will make the veneer. Your dentist will place temporary veneers for you
Bonding. Your tooth will be cleaned and prepared for seamless bonding and a special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, your dentist will apply a light beam to the dental veneer, which activates the cement, causing it to set.
durability of veneers
With active care, porcelain veneers can last 10 years of longer. It is important to brush twice a day, floss daily and to limit sugary foods and drinks. The dentist and dental hygienist need to check on veneers every 6 months, along with professional scaling and cleaning to ensure that the veneers stay in excellent condition.
If you are wanting to whiten your teeth to whiter than white, chances are you are comparing your teeth to the look of a smile with veneers. Models and actors often have porcelain veneers placed to make their teeth straight and to get them as white as possible. Usually these are porcelain because they look so good for a long time, and sometimes they are composite resin.
Porcelain veneers look best when they look like natural teeth, and should be indistinguishable from the natural contours of your smile. They restore the tooth surface and can change the aesthetics of the teeth and smile when placed.
They may be suitable for patients who wish to treat chipped, broken or discoloured teeth, or close gaps between front teeth.
Veneers at Brisbane smile boutique
Our master ceramist is regarded for high quality, attention to detail and excellence. Our porcelain veneers are made in Brisbane and Sydney by master ceramists, and the quality control happens from the moment that he attends our practice to collect the impressions and photos, which are used as a foundation for the creation of your new smile, and computer designed so that the veneers match in perfectly.
They are fixed permanently and seamlessly with precision bonding by our dentist in an appointment two weeks after the preparation appointment. Temporary veneers are placed as an intermediate treatment while waiting on the new veneers.
Experienced care in veneers
A veneer can last for many years but even with the very best technique and care there may come a time when they require replacement.
Our dentist, Dr Leila Haywood started dentistry at the University of Queensland 25 years ago, and has decades of experience in our boutique private dental practice in Brisbane, and is committed to on going patient care. Our patients are the life of our practice, and with our team having lifetimes of experience you can be assured of the highest quality treatment standard and active dental care.
Our practice has an experienced female dentist, a full time dental hygienist who has been with the practice for 10 years, visiting master ceramists, and a caring team of dental nurses. The goal is to have veneers that look as good as the day they were placed for many years to come, and at each 6 months we carefully examine and monitor them to ensure they are in optimal condition.