Prevent Dental Suite wants your teeth to shine, giving you a great smile, increased confidence, and the chance of greater success in work, love, and daily life.
But not everyone is born with a great smile, and for some of us, the daily wear and tear of life can have adverse effects on our teeth and smiles.
Individual teeth can suffer from conditions including:
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Stained or yellowed teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Small or differently-sized teeth
If you suffer from any of these conditions, or if you’d like whiter, brighter, more regular teeth, Prevent Dental Suite may have just the right treatment for you – dental veneers.
Veneers are quick to place, taking two visits or fewer, economical, and effective. But unlike their more popular sister-treatment, teeth whitening, they are little known. At Prevent Dental Suite, we’re here to clear up what veneers are all about!
What is a Veneer?
A veneer is a cover for unattractive teeth – a thin, backless shell of porcelain or composite material that is bonded on top of your natural teeth to protect the underlying tooth and to improve the look of your smile.
Dental veneers come in two forms, porcelain or composite.
Porcelain veneers are custom manufactured in a dental laboratory, by a skilled technician working with models given by your dentist.
Porcelain veneers offer the closest approximation to the translucency and lustre of healthy natural teeth. They are also quite durable and robust.
Composite veneers are typically built up in layers, using a tooth-coloured material, while you sit in the chair. One advantage of this is that composite veneers can be completed in one visit, while porcelain veneers usually take multiple visits.
Aesthetically, composite veneers are thought of as not quite as attractive as porcelain veneers, though this is an entirely subjective judgment.
The Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers
Perhaps the greatest con of veneers is that they require reduction of the natural tooth they will cover. This can add up to 3-30% of the natural tooth surface.
Because a veneer sits over the front of the tooth (thus taking up space) and needs to stick quite firmly, existing tooth surface must be removed to make the fit a good one.
This is just one of the reasons that veneers, like any dental treatment, should be discussed until patient and dentist are happy with the treatment plan.
One of the very significant benefits of veneers is that they can help protect the underlying tooth from decay. Because they are not enamel, they protect teeth against the acid bacteria produce; bacteria that bores into teeth.
The teeth beneath veneers can still have plaque and tartar build-up, which is a precondition to decay. If cavities do develop, the teeth may become incapable of supporting veneers, so good oral hygiene is needed.
Prevent Dental Suite will give you some pointers on how to take care of both the natural tooth below the veneer and the veneer itself. Most of this advice will not be new to you.
- Brush twice daily — 20 minutes after every meal if possible.
- Floss daily.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a thorough professional cleaning.
- Use a mouth rinse twice a day to battle bacteria.
- Cut down on acidic foods and drinks, like citrus fruits, soda, and coffee.
- Moderate intake of sugary treats.
- Don’t smoke.
If you currently have a high risk of decay, it is unlikely your dentist will recommend veneers as a solution to your tooth-related problems. Before you receive dental veneers, you should be at low risk of decay.
Should you suffer from cavities after receiving dental veneers, there are two primary treatment options. For older veneers, replacement is often the best choice, while newer veneers may call for repair with a tooth-coloured bonding agent.
Dental veneers can be an outstanding, effective, and economical choice for teeth whose appearance you need to improve. The first step, as always, is to have a consultation with your Kallangur dentist!
High-quality Dental Care in Kallangur
Prevent Dental Suite is a group of dedicated dental professionals providing gentle and patient-oriented care to offer the best-quality dental service from the moment patients enter our office.
Dr Shilpa Gupta is the resident dentist at our Kallangur clinic’s resident dentist, combining years’ experience with personable service, dedicating long hours to the practice and continually strives to improve it in every possible way.
Dr Shilpa’s interests are in Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry and cutting-edge technology like The Wand (Pain-free injection). She is currently studying Dental Sleep Medicine to provide treatment for patients with Sleep Apnoea. To discover more about our fantastic team, go to our team page.
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