Dental veneers — a worthwhile investment
In the past few years, there’s been an explosion in the demand for porcelain veneers as part of cosmetic enhancement work. It’s probably driven by images of perfect smiles people see on social media. As the leaders in aesthetic dentistry, we’ve been inundated with work of this type — not only from local clients, but also from interstate and overseas. Our in-house ceramist Ms Chloe Park and I have been working in overdrive creating porcelain veneers for our clients.
Designed to correct the look, shape or alignment of teeth, dental veneers are typically used to correct chipped, stained, gappy or misaligned teeth.
Why porcelain dental veneers is the winner
Traditionally a cosmetic enhancement, veneers come in two types — porcelain or composite resin. While both have their place, I’m a big advocate for porcelain as I believe the overall result is far superior than resin.
Porcelain veneers, when created perfectly, layer-upon-layer, have a translucent quality that reflects the different lighting conditions in a similar way to tooth enamel. This gives porcelain veneers a sense of layered depth and texture that is difficult to be replicated by their composite counterparts.
There is a high degree of characterisation that is possible that can be difficult to tell apart from natural teeth. They are also non porous and do not stain.
In addition, porcelain veneers tend to be stronger than composites. Once bonded onto existing teeth, they typically have a lifespan of approximately 10 to 15 years, sometimes even longer with proper oral care.
By comparison, resin veneers are a lot more porous and tend to stain a lot quicker. They are also very prone to chipping. They typically last around five years before requiring replacement.
Cost is a big factor in why some clients elect for resin veneers over the more expensive offering.
Others opt for composite veneers owing to the fact dentists don’t need to drill into your teeth in order to fit them. Having said that, advancements in oral health product development mean that there’s now an opportunity for clients to access prepless veneers in certain situations, eliminating the need for any drilling.
Meet our in-house ceramist
Having developed quite a reputation for the quality of our dental veneers, The Dental Room now has its own in-house ceramist, Ms Chloe Park, who crafts our porcelain veneers on site from scratch.
Having an in-house ceramist has great advantages for clients. The amount of time we save not having to send work out to a different location means we can tweak and modify on the spot — making sure your veneers are perfectly matched for you.
The process of having the veneers fitted is a relatively easy one. Having prepared the surface of your teeth for porcelain attachment, we will then take an impression of your teeth before attaching temporary veneers.
Each case of porcelain veneers are custom-made and handcrafted by Ms Chloe Park to ensure they are the perfect fit for you. Once these have been constructed, myself or one of my colleagues will then remove your temporary veneers before attaching your bespoke version. It’s at this point some clients elect to get teeth either side of the veneer colour matched, although this is optional.
Owing to the fact they replicate the appearance of natural teeth, veneers require little in the way of additional maintenance and, as with your other teeth, need only regular brushing and flossing in order to remain looking their best.