What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are type of cosmetic dentistry option that can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Unlike braces or Invisalign, which can take months or years to achieve straight teeth, you can achieve this in weeks with veneers. Not only that, we can also customise your teeth to change any shape, size, colour, contour so that your smile will dazzle.
Each veneer treatment is custom-designed to meet the unique needs of the individual patient. At Lifestyle Smiles, we offer a variety of veneer types at our practice. It is critical for you to have a consultation with one of our dentists so that you can make a well-informed decision about which type of dental veneer can meet your needs and cosmetic goals.
If you would like to learn more about dental veneers, contact us today to book an appointment.
Which type of veneer is best for me?
Porcelain veneers are a durable, high-quality ceramic that can be matched perfectly to your surrounding teeth for a seamless, natural look. Or, it can be used as part of a cosmetic makeover and transform your smile entirely. The hand-layered porcelain has a dynamic quality that catches light just like the enamel of a natural tooth. It is usually the material of choice to achieve a long lasting smile, it doesn’t stain, and is stronger than most other materials. Porcelain veneers are often considered a minimal-prep procedure, preserving the majority of your existing tooth structure, which is beneficial for the long term health and integrity of the tooth.
There are many different types of dental porcelain: Emax, Feldspathic, Vita Mark II. Porcelain veneers can also be pressed, milled or hand-layered. So many sure you consult the dentist to ensure you chose the best material/method to achieve your ideal smile.
Composite veneers is a great alternative to Porcelain Veneers. It offers many of the same rejuvenation benefits as porcelain veneers, such as fixing cracks, chips, fill in gaps, and correct any surface discolouration. Composite resin veneers are usually done on the day, which means you don’t need to come back, and is lower in cost compared to porcelain veneers. They can fit comfortably within your budget if you’re looking to improve your smile. However, composite veneers usually does not last quite as long as traditional porcelain veneers due to the differences in materials. They can stain and look tired in 5-7 years but if maintained well can last well beyond a decade. In most cases, composite veneers require either minimal tooth preparation or no tooth preparation at all, preserving your natural tooth structure while also delivering natural-looking results.
Zirconia porcelain veneers are often ideal for patients who have teeth that are more severely damaged or decayed. Zirconia has improved leaps and bounds over the last decade and the material is forever evolving. At the present time we only use Zirconia exclusively on the back teeth due to it’s amazing strength and durability. For anterior veneers, porcelain veneers are still the material of choice because it is the most natural looking. The durability of Zirconia also means it can be used to create dental crowns and dental implant restorations.
What Other Things Do I need to Consider with Dental Veneers? How much do veneers cost?
When it comes down to cosmetic dentistry, it is a combination of medicine, science, engineering and art. Choosing the cosmetic dentist who has an eye of details is critical because it will ultimately affect your end result.
The cost of veneers can vary depending on the complexity of your treatment. Veneers can be monochromic (one colour), or biomimic (replicate nature). Doing a complete smile makeover is much more complex than matching one single front tooth; which is much more complex than doing two veneers side by side.
Many people call up and choose based on price of veneers because they don’t have anything else to compare with. However, it is critical to understand that behind the dentist, there’s usually a dental lab and a team of ceramists that make your porcelain veneers. Would you choose an overseas builder to build your local home? At Lifestyle Smiles, we exclusively use some of the best labs around Melbourne and Australia to make your porcelain veneers. Depending on the complexity and requirements for your porcelain veneers, we choose the right Ceramists to work on your veneers to ensure you get the outcome you desire.
The 3 labs we work with for our porcelain veneers are A&B Dental Lab (Melbourne), Omega Dental Lab (Melbourne) and Szabolcs Hant Dental Lab (Perth)
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To learn which type of veneer can best suit your needs, or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please contact us today.