What are veneers and are they a suitable treatment option?

An exciting and quick solution to a number of cosmetic dental concerns, porcelain veneers, enable patients to have the picture ready smile they have always wanted whilst preserving the natural tooth structure.

As technology advances, due to the increasing popularity and rising demand for this treatment, methods have become simpler. There is now less need for so much erosion of the top layer of the teeth for proper adhesion of the veneer. This allows the potential downside of this treatment to essentially be eliminated, providing an all-round positive experience for most patients.

At Spa Dental Sydney CBD in Sydney CBD, dentists are aware of the potential major impact teeth have on a person’s confidence when it comes to socialising and interacting with others. By giving their patients perfectly straight, white, even teeth, people can move on from this hurdle to achieve further potential in their lives.

What does this procedure entail?

If a patient’s teeth are stained, chipped or not in perfect alignment to one another, or perhaps a combination of these issues, then veneers may be a fast and suitable solution. It is not a major treatment by any means and only takes a couple of visits to the dentist in order to complete the procedure.

The veneers themselves are something like a more durable version of a false nail and behave in exactly this manner. They are placed over top of the existing teeth to provide the ideal smile image. Sometimes braces are not suitable for small gaps or slight misalignments. In these cases, veneers are a suitable and great option, bringing errant teeth back into line with others.

Each veneer is custom-made and can therefore be adjusted to suit what a person is wanting from their treatment. This means should a person want longer teeth, or teeth closer together, this can happen after a simple consultation with their dentist so that there is a mutual understanding between the two.

Patients can decide whether they only want one veneer to cover a chipped tooth or if they want a whole set which is commonly known as a ‘smile makeover’. The colour of the veneer can be altered, ideally it should match the rest of a person’s natural tooth colour and therefore is a very natural looking cosmetic solution.

Not only does this procedure create a natural looking and beautiful appearance, it is also a restorative treatment as the veneer shell acts as a type of crown, protecting the original tooth from further damage.

Veneers are expected to last for at least a decade, and then there may be the need for touch ups as they can chip or crack after some rough use. This makes it a very long-lasting smile enhancement procedure that not only has cosmetic benefits, but restorative and preventive oral health care as well. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Apurva Thakur

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