Dental veneers are a layer of porcelain or composite material that is lain over a tooth as a method of aesthetic correction, or as a protective measure against damage. Teeth veneers are commonly used by cosmetic dentists due to their ability to rectify the aesthetic impact of fractures and discolourations. They are even placed across multiple teeth to facilitate the appearance of a more picturesque smile.
Dental veneers have the ability to rectify other alignment, lengthening and gum recession issues through applying them in different manners. With porcelain veneers, minimal preparation is needed before their procedure, making it more timely and less invasive. Teeth veneers come in porcelain veneers or composite veneers, both having different properties in their method of application, costliness, and durability.
Porcelain veneers are more costly than composite veneers, but are generally seen as the longer term option, lasting between 10 and 15 years. However, porcelain veneers in Melbourne – due to the higher number of practicing surgeons – generally come at slightly cheaper costs.
As the procedure is more complex than others within the field of cosmetic dentistry, be prepared for it to span over a longer period of time. Four appointments will be needed as part of the procedure.
The first will involve the initial consultation. In this appointment, your dentist will discuss options, your desires, and set out a plan for how things will proceed. The second appointment focuses on preparation. Your dentist will ensure that the teeth on which the veneers will be applied are in the state most conducive to the veneers’ maximum effectiveness. This will involve filing work, preparation of moulds, and the installation of temporary veneers. The third appointment is a non-invasive fit and check, and then the final visit will see the veneer/s applied.
Composite veneers are less costly, and require one less appointment in their application than their porcelain counterparts. However, they are inferior to porcelain veneers in a few ways, and you should be aware of these before coming to a decision.
Whilst porcelain veneers last between 10 and 15 years, composite veneers last from only four to eight. They are also less durable, and more prone to damage such as chipping. Made out of a resin or plastic, composite veneers can stain more easily, and may require more polishing to remove said discolouration.
The difference in price between them, though, is quite substantial. They do not require a fit and check, as they are applied and sculpted at the same appointment.
In the end, your decision will most likely come down to personal preference, but by knowing the differences and what they entail, you can make a more informed decision. If you need to, contact us today to learn more about the variations in veneer options, and we can advise you on the best choice for your teeth.
Why Choose Us?
Our dentists provide the highest standard of cosmetic dentistry to the Melbourne area. We ensure that our professionals are trained to consistent levels of proficiency across all procedures that we offer, so whether the reason for your visit is to receive dental fillings or to begin the process of the application of teeth veneers, you can rest assured knowing that your dental health is in safe hands. With competitive prices and a customer-centric service, we strive to ensure all our customers leave satisfied, be it their first endeavour into the world of cosmetic dentistry, or the latest in a series of procedures all designed to leave you with that brighter smile.