What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a layer of material that is bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance and protect it from damage. Veneers can enhance the colour of your teeth and can be a suitable alternative to whitening treatments. They are also a great option for broken or misaligned teeth.
What Are The Types of Veneers?
The most common types of material used for dental veneers are porcelain and composite bonding.
- Porcelain veneers are usually made in a lab and are ultra-thin. They are the most resistant to staining and can be shaped and coloured to suit your natural smile.
- Composite veneers are made of resin and are shaped and bonded to the tooth to improve its appearance.
Should I Choose Composite Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?
This depends entirely on your individual circumstances and your goals for getting veneers. If your teeth are functioning properly and you only require minor enhancements, then composite bonding may be a suitable choice.
If you’re experiencing issues such as severely discoloured or spaced teeth, then porcelain veneers may be suitable for you. The experienced team at LN Dental will discuss the best option for you.
Why do I Need Dental Veneers?
If your teeth are discoloured, chipped, worn down, spaced, misaligned or uneven, or if your front teeth are irregularly shaped, dental veneers may be an ideal solution for you. Dental veneers can alter the appearance of your teeth, giving you enhanced confidence and a great smile.
In many cases, dental veneers can improve your overall oral function where teeth are missing or spaced out, and prevent further dental issues from developing.
What Are The Advantages of Dental Veneers?
Many patients choose dental veneers for a number of reasons. Some have found that teeth whitening treatments were not as effective, and have turned to dental veneers to improve the colour and appearance of their teeth.
Dental veneers can also be used to treat misalignment of teeth, and the process of applying veneers preserves a large amount of the tooth’s structure. In most cases, gum tissue also responds well to dental veneers, making them an ideal solution for many oral issues.
What Are The Drawbacks of Dental Veneers?
While there are several advantages to having dental veneers, it’s important that they are properly cared for to preserve their appearance and function. Habits such as nail-biting or teeth grinding can crack or damage the veneer. Cracked veneers are hard to repair and often require the replacement of the entire veneer.
While veneers can improve the colour of your teeth, they are still prone to decay and discolouration without proper oral hygiene. Additionally, the process of preparing the tooth for the veneer is non-reversible, which is a notable drawback of dental veneers.
Who is A Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for patients that have chipped, stained or discoloured teeth, or who have been unsuccessful with other teeth whitening procedures. Dental veneers are also a great solution for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile and gain confidence. Your experienced dentist can advise if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
Can I Preview My Veneers Before They Go in?
You certainly can! Before your veneers go in, we want to ensure that they provide the solution that you are looking for. Your experienced dentist can provide a digital preview of your new smile by digitally editing a picture of the patient’s face to show how the veneers will look.
Is The Procedure Reversible?
Before you get dental veneers, it’s important to consider that the procedure isn’t reversible. When preparing your tooth for the treatment, a very thin layer of tooth enamel is removed. This means that your veneers can’t be removed later on down the track if you wish to return to your natural teeth. In the event of damage or discolouration of your veneers, they can be removed and replaced.
How do I Get Veneers to Match My Other Teeth?
During your initial consultation, your experienced dentist will discuss your treatment and address any concerns, including the colour of your veneers. In most cases, patients opt for dental veneers in a shade that is whiter than their natural teeth, then undergo a tooth whitening procedure to create a uniform appearance.
Does The Process Hurt?
During the veneering process, patients are numb and should feel no pain as soon as the numbness takes effect. Generally, when two to four veneers are fitted, patients experience little to no discomfort once the numbness subsides. In larger cases involving eight or more veneers, patients can expect mild soreness of the gums or jaw. Soreness or discomfort following the procedure can usually be treated with over-the-counter medication.
Will I Need Gum Contouring?
This depends on your individual circumstances. Patients with very short teeth may require gum contouring in order to achieve a better cosmetic appearance. Generally, there is no additional discomfort experienced during or after treatment, but in rare cases, patients may require surgical contouring. Your experienced dentist at LN Dental will discuss the gum contouring procedure with you if required.
Will I Get Cavities with Veneers on My Teeth?
While dental veneers are a solution for patients that have experienced cavities, discolouration or other dental issues, you should still maintain an adequate level of oral hygiene. The prevalence of cavities does not change with dental veneers. Ensure that you continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
What can I Eat and What Foods should I Avoid?
Dental veneers can alter your bite. For the first few days following the procedure, you should stick to soft foods such as mashed potatoes, eggs, soft fruits, or pasta. After a few weeks, your mouth will adapt to the new bite position and you will be able to resume your usual diet.
However, you should avoid hard foods such as toffee apples, hard nuts, hard biscuits and lollies, popcorn, and pumpkin seeds, as these can crack or damage your veneers.
How Long do Dental Veneers Last?
A dental veneer typically lasts 5-10 years, or even longer if they are properly cared for. Dental veneers do not need any special care, but you should maintain an adequate level of oral hygiene that involves brushing and flossing regularly. Continue to visit your dentist for regular checkups and a professional cleaning to ensure the longevity of your veneers.
How Many Veneers do I Need?
This depends on your individual circumstances and what you’d like to achieve from the procedure. For the best aesthetic results, you should have an even number of veneers – so two, four, eight, ten, or twelve veneers are recommended. Your experienced dentist at LN Dental will provide an assessment and recommend how many veneers are needed.
How do I Care for My Veneers?
Unlike other treatments, dental veneers do not require any special care. However, you should maintain regular oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing daily. You can also wear a bite guard at night to prevent disruption to your veneers from teeth grinding. Protect your front veneers from cracks and damage by not biting very hard foods such as nuts or hard lollies.
Can I Brush and Floss My Teeth after Veneers?
Of course! Dental veneers do not require any special care other than brushing and flossing as normal. It’s important that you maintain an adequate level of oral hygiene to keep your new veneers healthy and strong. Brushing and flossing can ensure that your veneers last as long as possible, and minimises the risk of damage or discolouration.
What Happens If One of My Veneers Comes off?
While it’s rare, sometimes veneers can come off. If your veneer has detached from your tooth, don’t panic. Try to save your veneer, and call the team at LN Dental as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
You should never attempt to reattach the veneer with glue or other adhesives. Avoid eating or drinking cold foods or liquids as your tooth may be sensitive without the veneer.
How Strong Are Veneers? Are There Restrictions on What I Can Eat?
While porcelain veneers are incredibly strong, you should avoid hard foods that can crack or damage the veneers. Hard nuts and lollies, toffee apples, ice and popcorn can crack your veneers, much like they would your natural teeth. Porcelain is a type of glass and while it is durable and can last a long time, it is not completely indestructible.
I Grind My Teeth at Night. Will This Damage My Porcelain Veneers?
Like your natural teeth, grinding your veneers will eventually wear them down and damage them. Wearing a bite guard at night can protect your veneers from teeth grinding and reduce the stress placed on your mouth and jaw. Your experienced dentist will discuss these concerns with you at your initial consultation.
Do Porcelain Veneers Stain with Tea, Coffee and Red Wine?
Many patients choose dental veneers as a solution to staining that has discoloured their natural teeth. While tea, coffee and red wine can stain your natural teeth, they have little effect on porcelain veneers. However, this doesn’t mean that you should forgo oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing and check ups can minimise staining, and, if possible, you should reduce or avoid liquids that can stain your teeth.
Are Veneers A Covered Insurance Benefit?
This depends entirely on your private health insurance provider and the type of policy or extras you have. Some insurance companies will cover up to 50% of the fee of dental veneers. You should always check with your insurance provider prior to the procedure to ensure that you’re covered.
At LN Dental, we offer flexible payment plans for many of our treatments and procedures. Call our friendly team today to discuss your options.
What Are Some Alternatives to Veneers?
While veneers can be costly, there are significant advantages to the procedure such as appearance and longevity. However, if you’re looking for an alternative to veneers, you can try a ‘Snap on Smile’. This sits over your teeth, much like veneers, to give you a whiter and straighter smile. Unlike veneers, this alternative does not look as natural, but it is a more affordable and suitable alternative to veneers.
How Long do Veneers Take from Start to Finish?
If you’ve been thinking about getting dental veneers, you should book a consultation with an experienced dentist at LN Dental to determine if veneers are right for you. Following your consultation, your veneers will be created and an appointment will be scheduled to prepare your teeth and fit your custom veneers. The entire process normally takes around two to three weeks from your initial consultation to the fitting of your veneers.
Do Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?
Put simply, dental veneers do not ruin your teeth. Veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures and their benefits make them a suitable solution for chipped, misaligned or discoloured teeth.
Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing and regular check ups can ensure that your veneers, and your natural teeth, are strong and healthy.
How Often do Veneers Need Replacing?
Many patients choose veneers as they can last a long time. The average lifespan of a veneer is 5 to 10 years with regular care. In some cases, veneers can last even longer. Prolong the life of your veneers by avoiding hard foods, minimising habits such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, and visiting your dentist regularly for check ups.
How Long Does It Take for Gums to Heal After Veneers?
When getting your new veneers, gum contouring may be required, and it can take some time for your mouth to become used to your new bite. These factors mean that your gums may experience some mild discomfort following the procedure. Generally it takes around two to three weeks for your gums to fully heal after veneers. If you experience ongoing pain or discomfort, you should call LN Dental to book an appointment.