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Dental Veneers

What Are Dental Veneers?

Illustration of dental veneerDo you feel too self-conscious to smile due to various tooth imperfections? Maybe you avoid having your picture taken or smiling in social situations. We have a solution. Veneers are restorations added to the front surface of the tooth to mask the underlying enamel and improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.

Veneers are perfect for hiding stained or damaged teeth, concealing large gaps between teeth and for covering crooked teeth. Veneers can restore a beautiful, natural appearance to your smile.

What Do Veneers Correct?

As cosmetic restorations that cover the visible teeth in your smile zone, veneers instantly mask the appearance of aesthetic issues like

  • Stained or discoloured teeth
  • Misshaped enamel
  • Minor gaps or crowding
  • Uneven tooth edges

We’ll work closely with you to have your veneers designed in a way that reflects your preferences of size, shape and overall colour. The process is curated to each of our clients, giving you a truly individualised experience.

Candidates for Veneers

Veneers are designed for adults with healthy teeth and gums. It’s important that you don’t have any active periodontal infections or cavities. Teens will need to wait a bit longer to consider veneers, until after their orofacial development is complete. Book a consultation with us to find out if you qualify.

The Smile Design Process

Part of planning the best cosmetic veneers is working closely with each person to determine what they want to accomplish from their treatment. If you have examples of smiles you like, feel free to share them with us!

From there, we’ll take an impression of your teeth and have the option of creating a mock-up, so that you can see a realistic preview of what our proposed recommendations will look like.

When you’re ready to move forward, we’ll schedule you for a prep appointment to get your smile adjusted for the final veneers. About two weeks later, the permanent veneers will be ready to bond into place. The moment you look into a mirror for the first time, you’ll see a brand-new smile shining back at you.

Looking After Your Veneers

Veneers can last a long time, but a lot depends on how you take care of them. You must maintain good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing twice a day as you would with normal teeth to keep your gums healthy and free of bacteria. You also need to keep up your regular dental examinations.

It is very important to refrain from biting into hard foods like apples. Instead, cut these foods into mouth-sized pieces and refrain from chewing on hard items like pens and pencils.

FAQ

How many veneers do I need?

To determine how many you will need, you’ll have a consultation with our dentist. He also will let you know if veneers are the best option for your smile-enhancing goals. To achieve the best aesthetic results, it’s is a good idea to have an even number of veneers such as two, four, eight, 10 or 12.

Does the process hurt?

No, the process of getting veneers shouldn’t be painful. We also can make sure your mouth is numb. The process will begin only after the numbness takes effect. With smaller cases (two or four veneers) very little or no discomfort will be felt after the numbness subsides. You likely will have some soreness of the gums and possibly the jaw if you have eight or more veneers. Over-the-counter pain medication can alleviate any soreness.

What can I eat and what foods should I avoid?

You can enjoy most foods; however, each person has a different bite. That’s why we recommend eating softer foods the first few days after getting veneers until you become accustomed to the new bite position. There are certain foods you should avoid after getting veneers. These include hard candy, caramel apples, nut, popcorn, pumpkin seeds and hard biscuits. You also should refrain from chewing ice.

How long do dental veneers last?

Usually, a veneer lasts about 5-10 years. Other than brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year for professional cleanings, veneers don’t require any special care. If you take proper care of them they can last even longer.

Want to Learn More?

We’d love to see you in our practice soon and discuss whether or not veneers are the best option for your needs. We’ll happily examine your mouth and give our expert opinion for the best results.

Learn more today by contacting our Maroubra dental practice for an appointment. We’ll see you soon.
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Veneers Maroubra, Kingsford NSW (02) 9344 4433