If you’re unhappy with how your teeth look, you’re certainly not alone. Over half (55%) of Australians feel self-conscious about their teeth. But fortunately, there is something you can do about it.
Dental veneers for a quick fix
Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry that provides a quick and affordable way to transform the appearance of your teeth. You only have to do a Google search for ‘veneers before and after’ photos to see hundreds of smile makeovers achieved with this popular treatment. Not only do dental veneers look good, but they protect teeth from further damage.
If you’ve been putting off getting dental veneers for whatever reason, then carry on reading to learn more about the cost and what to expect should you decide to go ahead.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin covers applied to the teeth to improve their shape or size. Dentists also use veneers for cosmetic reasons to correct chipped, broken, or discoloured teeth. You can see plenty of examples in veneers before and after photos, and the results speak for themselves. Veneers are more cost-effective and less invasive than crowns and achieve a similar result.
Types of dental veneers
Essentially, there are two types of dental veneers – composite and porcelain. Both treatments are ideal for improving the appearance of the teeth, but composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers. You can expect to pay up to $2,036 per tooth for a porcelain veneer and up to $836 per tooth for a composite veneer.
What’s the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?
Composite veneers cover the teeth with the same composite resin that dentists use for white tooth fillings. Since composite resin is bonded onto the teeth and shaped by your dentist, they are less invasive than porcelain veneers but not as durable.
They require very little preparation and can be completed in a single dental visit.
Conversely, porcelain veneers offer a more natural appearance than composite veneers and can last up to 15 years with care. The procedure involves removing a thin layer of tooth enamel to ensure the veneer sits flush within the smile and doesn’t protrude.
The dentist then takes a 3D scan of the prepared teeth to create the custom-fit veneers. A second dental appointment is required several weeks later for the dentist to apply the porcelain veneers to your teeth and bond them securely into place.
How do veneers feel?
If you were self-conscious about your teeth before veneers, you certainly wouldn’t feel that way after. Porcelain veneers look amazing when carried out by an experienced cosmetic dentist. They should feel comfortable in your mouth, and you shouldn’t notice them when speaking or eating. They don’t even require any special care.
There’s no need to have all of your teeth covered with dental veneers, either. Our dentist can help determine which teeth need veneers to achieve your smile goals.
So rather than gazing at a “veneers before and after” gallery of pictures, why not take the plunge and book an initial consultation with the experienced dental team at Total Dental Care Studio by calling us on (07) 3186 8517 to see if veneers are an appropriate treatment for you.
Orthodontics Australia – Aussies Want To improve Their Teeth Survey
Smile.com.au – How Much Do Veneers Cost