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Custom Veneers: How We Tailor Our Composite and Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic veneers are a transformative solution for achieving that picture-perfect smile in cosmetic dentistry.

At Perth City Dental, we provide porcelain and composite veneers, the two primary types, each with distinct advantages depending on your specific goals and current dental health. We take pride in carefully assessing your teeth shape, colour, and overall aesthetics to ensure that our suggested veneers are in complete harmony with your natural look.

Our team is dedicated to delivering personalised treatments that best fit your desires and needs, ensuring that every patient leaves with a smile they’re confident to share.

The Basics of Veneers

Veneers are one of the most effective ways we improve the appearance of your existing teeth, offering a customised smile enhancement tailored to individual needs.

Types of Veneers

  • Porcelain Veneers are a durable, high-quality option we frequently recommend due to their longevity and natural tooth appearance. They are thin shells crafted in our dental lab to fit the front surface of the teeth, providing a strong, stain-resistant surface.
  • Composite Veneers are made from a tooth-coloured resin that’s applied and sculpted directly onto the tooth. Composite veneers are less invasive than porcelain, often requiring minimal tooth structure removal.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers, without exception, enhance the smile’s overall appearance by addressing various dental imperfections. Here are specific benefits we commonly discuss with patients:

  • Improved Aesthetics: Whether porcelain or composite, veneers can conceal stained teeth and fix broken teeth and gaps, resulting in a brighter, more uniform smile.
  • Customisation: We ensure veneers are tailored to the desired shape, size, and colour to match and enhance each patient’s unique smile.
  • Durability: Porcelain veneers are especially known for their resistance to wear and longevity, lasting for years with proper care.
  • Confidence Boost: By restoring teeth aesthetically, patients often experience a significant boost in self-confidence with a smile makeover.

We always aim for the highest level of craftsmanship. We ensure natural-looking results that suit each patient’s appearance and smile goals.

Designing Your Custom Veneers

Creating customised veneers involves a detailed understanding of your dental imperfections and aesthetic goals, ensuring we provide a transformative solution tailored to your unique tooth structure.

Consultation and Personalised Planning

During the initial consultation, we discuss your desired outcome in-depth and thoroughly examine your teeth.

We aim to understand your aesthetic goals and determine the appropriate approach to address any dental imperfections you may have.

Personalised planning is critical, as it sets the foundation for custom-made veneers to fit your individual dental structure and cosmetic desires.

Crafting the Perfect Fit

We will craft your custom veneers once we have established the treatment plan. This involves taking precise impressions of your teeth, which serve as a blueprint for the design process.

Our skilled cosmetic dentists work meticulously to create veneers that seamlessly complement your tooth structure, considering factors such as size, shape, and colour.

We focus on achieving a balance that enhances your natural smile while ensuring comfort and durability.

Each step is handled with the utmost precision and care. We are confident in delivering exceptional results that align with your vision for a more beautiful smile.

The Procedure of Veneer Placement

Preparation Steps

Before veneers can be placed, we prepare your teeth with great diligence. This involves:

  • Removing a small amount of enamel: To affix the veneer snugly, we gently remove a thin layer of enamel. This is crucial for the aesthetics and fit of your final veneers.
  • Taking impressions: Once the enamel is removed, we take an impression of the tooth. This impression is then used to create your custom veneer, matching the form and aesthetics of your natural teeth.
  • Applying temporary veneers: Your permanent veneers will generally be ready in a few weeks. In the meantime, we apply temporary veneers to protect your prepared tooth structure and minimise potential discomfort.

Veneer Bonding Process

When your custom veneers are ready, we move on to the bonding process:

  • Preparation of the tooth: We thoroughly clean your tooth to ensure a secure bond. Then, we roughen the tooth surface with a mild acid solution to facilitate strong adhesion.
  • Application of the resin material: A durable resin material is applied to the tooth. We then carefully place the veneer over the resin, ensuring it aligns perfectly with your tooth structure.
  • Final adjustments: Once placed, we make any necessary adjustments to the veneer to guarantee a perfect fit and a natural look.

Caring for Your Veneers

When it comes to veneers, we understand the importance of proper care to maintain both the appearance and longevity of your teeth. Here are some of the best practices for caring for your composite and porcelain veneers.

Maintenance and Hygiene

Proper maintenance of veneers is crucial for preserving oral health and ensuring the longevity of the veneers themselves.

Daily brushing is essential, and we recommend using a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.

When cleaning, focus on the gum line to prevent gum disease. Flossing once a day is also key, as it removes debris between teeth and beneath the gumline, helping avoid unwanted plaque buildup.

Longevity and Durability

To maximise the durability of your veneers, you should treat them with the same care afforded to your natural teeth. This means avoiding biting into hard objects, which can chip the materials.

If you participate in high-contact sports, we advise using a mouthguard. Night-time teeth grinders should also consider wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect veneers.

Remember, composite veneers may need replacing sooner than porcelain; however, both types benefit greatly from your consistent home care routine.

Considering the Risks

Composite Veneers: While composite veneers are more affordable and require less tooth enamel removal, they are less durable than porcelain and more prone to staining. Over time, they may need repairs or replacement, which adds to their long-term cost.

Porcelain Veneers: Our porcelain veneers are highly durable and stain-resistant, making them an excellent long-term investment. However, they require a more extensive process, which can pose a risk to the integrity of our natural teeth structure if not done correctly.

Contact Perth City Dental

If you’re looking for porcelain or composite veneers, get in touch with us at Perth City Dental. Our experienced dental team can advise you on the best procedure. Contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive several recurring enquiries about the intricacies of dental veneers. Below, we’ve compiled answers to some common questions to assist you in making informed decisions about composite and porcelain veneers.

Can porcelain veneers be reshaped post-application?

Once cemented, porcelain veneers cannot be modified. They are crafted to exact specifications beforehand, so any major changes require new veneers.

What are the considerations when choosing between composite and porcelain veneers?

Choosing between composite and porcelain veneers involves consideration of durability, appearance, cost, and maintenance requirements. Porcelain is more durable and boasts a more translucent appearance, whereas composite is more affordable and can be adjusted post-application.

What maintenance is required to preserve the appearance of porcelain veneers?

To maintain porcelain veneers, regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene practices, and avoiding habits that could damage them, such as chewing hard objects, are recommended.