Veneers Pros and Cons
Considering veneers and not sure where to start? Find out the pros and cons of porcelain veneers, how long they last, and whether they’re worth it (we think they are!).
Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons
Hoping to transform your smile and interested in finding out more about dental veneers? We get that it’s difficult to know where to start – and that’s only natural – as are our smile makeovers! Veneers have become an increasingly popular way to correct or improve the aesthetics of one’s smile. They help transform chipped, discoloured, misaligned, aged, or cracked teeth, plus tooth loss – unavoidable situations in most cases. Despite the number of DIY teeth whitening kits and toothpastes out there – none of these even come close to porcelain veneers! Porcelain Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain which are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve the overall aesthetics of your smile. The permanently-bonded veneer is designed to mask the tooth’s natural colour, shape, or positioning in the mouth. They can be used to cover just one tooth, or multiple teeth for a more complete look. With so many cosmetic dental clinics and procedures out there to choose from, it’s important to take some time to weigh up the pros and cons of porcelain veneers, so that you can make an informed decision towards your perfect smile.
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
A bespoke, natural smile Porcelain veneers will provide the most natural-looking end results, due to the material replicating many of the same qualities as that of enamel. You won’t find a cookie-cutter ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach here at The Dental Room – we steer away from those overly white Hollywood-style, not-so-real-looking veneers, and instead take pride in customising styles that are so natural, it can be our secret if you wish. Dr Shawn and his leading master ceramist Ms Chloe Park will use 3D scans, moulds, high resolution facial photography and radiographs to study and create your improved smile using facial aesthetic principles. As a client of Dr Shawn’s, you can be assured that each porcelain veneer is handmade and painted with complete detail and to the highest standard ceramist Chloe. Right from that first smile consultation, Chloe is involved in the planning process, and when crafting veneers, she is careful to ensure the texture, colour, translucency, and even how the light reflects off the veneers is just right. It’s our passion to provide a smile that is both bespoke but also extremely natural in its appearance. Even when it comes to the veneer fitting stage, we have the unique ability to make any more modifications to fit, shape, translucency and colour immediately to ensure the highest level of customisation and satisfaction. A bespoke smile created by The Dental Room isn’t something you can find anywhere else.
Strength and durability Porcelain is the strongest material there is for cosmetic dental procedures. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the underlying tooth structure, therefore there is a chemical adhesion between the tooth and veneer on a microscopic level, ensuring longevity. Providing the teeth are taken care of with at-home dental care and regular check-ups, veneers can last between 10-15 years – much longer than any other aesthetic dental procedure. No stains = guilt free-coffee drinking! Unlike resin bonding or natural teeth, porcelain veneers tend not to stain. They’re glazed in the oven in the final stages, and this minimises staining. For those that love red wine or coffee, that’s music to our ears!
Porcelain Veneers Disadvantages
Weighing up the cost It is certainly more costly to opt for porcelain veneers. Composite veneers (on average) cost between $250 and $650 per tooth. Our fully personalised treatments and prices offer value that is second to none when you consider the longevity of our veneers. Each smile makeover journey at The Dental Room starts with a consultation with myself – Dr Shawn Rama – for $170. After your consultation, we can provide a customised payment plan once we have an idea of your case, your goals and your needs. A little more involved A small amount of the tooth will need to be removed off the surface to be replaced with the veneer. The amount to be shaven down really depends on the dentist, but here at The Dental Room, Dr Shawn in 90-95% of cases will only remove 0.2 / 0.5mm of a tooth – basically the thickness of a fingernail. And in some cases, there may be no need to shave the tooth structure at all (these are called prepless veneers!). This is usually a painless process as it is completed under anaesthetic and here at The Dental Room, we’ve streamlined our process for comfort. For 10 porcelain veneers, you could be in the chair for roughly 3-4 hours – but the result will be well worth the wait.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
With proper care and regular dental check-ups, porcelain veneers can last up to 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. Another type of veneers is composite veneers. These are made from a different material: resin (the same resin used for white fillings), and the procedure differs. Usually taking place in a single appointment, the resin is directly bonded onto teeth to reshape them. It’s a more affordable option (initially), however average longevity is just 3-5 years compared to the 10-15 year span of porcelain veneers. The veneers can also discolour quickly and are prone to chipping! So costs can easily add up. Dr Shawn is of the opinion that resin is a great material in certain cases but requires a very talented dentist, perfect hygiene and even then, a fair amount of maintenance. A lot of his work involves replacing resin bonding with porcelain veneers due to the above reasons.
Are Veneers Worth it?
So. You’ve gotten this far and you’re still pretty interested! Having weighed up the pros and cons, there’s a lot more going for porcelain veneers than not. If you’re looking for a long-term, natural-looking, durable, white smile, then porcelain veneers are a very appealing option and very much worth it. Even if you are considering cost to be a barrier, a payment plan can be made, to make the price more manageable. All cosmetic dental procedures have their pros and cons; a decision needs to be made with your goals and budget in mind. It’s a carefully-considered and bespoke experience from your very first meeting with us. This is to make sure every detail fits you perfectly – from the materials we use to shape and construct your veneers, your preference, right up to a budget that won’t break the bank. We want all of our clients to get it right the first time, so we advise that you do your research by looking at the dentist’s porcelain veneers before and after photos, and make the most out of your first professional appointment by talking things through. The best professionals in aesthetic dentistry are always willing to go over the pros and cons list, plus answer any questions or concerns you may have, to help you make the right decision. Dr Shawn Rama is the Principal Dentist and Founder of The Dental Room with more than 20 years’ experience in his field. Over the years, he has steadily raised his profile as one of Australia’s elite dentists in the field of aesthetic dentistry, and along with his top in-house ceramist, is adept at designing customised, bespoke, porcelain veneers that transform smiles. Dr Shawn has created a unique clinic where as soon as you step in the door, you are greeted by warm and friendly dental professionals that put you first as the client, delivering an exceptional experience every time. Contact us on (03) 9857 3988 or book an appointment with us online here. For more information about veneers, visit > here.