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Veneers in Perth

At Perth City Dental, we provide veneer dental treatments as a pain free, less intrusive alternative to crowns. Delivering an individually tailored cosmetic solution, our veneers are the perfect way to enhance your entire dental appearance. Made from either porcelain or composite fillings, our results are second to none. Have the teeth you’ve always dreamed of with our composite or porcelain veneers from Perth City Dental.

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Composite Veneers

For a pain free treatment that will leave you with natural looking teeth, our composite veneers are the ultimate solution. Completed in one single visit, composite veneers are an affordable dental treatment that cater to a variety of people. With a range of different shades available, we can tailor our results to suit specific skin types and tooth structures, creating a subtle and natural look for every patient. Our direct composite veneers are applied in thin layers and shaped to harmonise with existing teeth. Subtle anatomy is placed in them, creating a more natural and desired look. By changing the shape, appearance and colour of your teeth, our composite veneers can enhance your entire appearance. An affordable dental treatment, our composite veneers are your go-to aesthetic and natural looking solution! Find out more from our team at Perth City Dental today.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, white coloured porcelain shells that are attached to the surface of the tooth to address any colour or shape issues in order to enhance the appearance and functionality of the teeth and smile. At Perth City Dental we use some of the most talented ceramicists in Australia to design your bespoke crowns and veneers.

Sometimes a patient may want more than one or two veneers to enhance their smile. At Perth City Dental we understand that having veneers done is a big commitment, that’s why we design you smile together, considering everything from the shape of your face, your lips, the colour of the veneers and the shape of teeth that would best suit you. Following this we try your new smile in at the mock-up phase. We discuss things you love about your new smile before we move forward to preparing your teeth for the exciting final stage, where the veneers will be bonded in.

This three-step process ensures that you and your dentist are happy each step of the way, resulting in a smile you are confident in.

To learn more about our porcelain veneers, contact us today on (08) 9321 5721.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Costs can vary based on the extent of tooth preparation, chosen materials, and the dentist’s expertise. The quality and brand of materials further impact the price. Hence, a standardised price is misleading.

A personalised consultation with a dental professional is essential for an accurate quote.

Pricing Estimates for Porcelain and Composite Veneers
Veneers Type Cost
Porcelain Veneers Starting from $1200-$1400
Composite Veneers Starting from $300-$450

Composite Veneers Pros and Cons

  • Durability: More prone to chipping and breaking down over time, less durable than porcelain, typically lasts 4-8 years.
  • Appearance: Similar in colour to natural teeth but may lack the translucency of porcelain veneers.
  • Procedure: Same-day, sculpted directly onto teeth in a single dental visit.
  • Advantages: Less invasive, reversible, easy to repair, immediate results.
  • Disadvantages: More porous, prone to staining, softer (less durable), requires frequent care, and lasts 4-8 years.

Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons

  • Durability: Can last 10-20 years, strong and a good long-term investment.
  • Appearance: Natural-looking with a translucent quality similar to natural enamel.
  • Procedure: Requires multiple visits and temporary veneers during the creation process.
  • Advantages: Strong, low staining and chipping risk, conservative preparation.
  • Disadvantages: More expensive, requires replacement if chipped.

Comparisons

  • Material: Porcelain veneers are thin, durable ceramic; composite veneers are a mix of plastic and glass.
  • Appearance: Porcelain offers better translucency; composite may not match this quality.
  • Durability: Porcelain is more durable and long-lasting; composite is less robust.
  • Procedure: Porcelain requires a more complex, multiple-visit process; composite is quicker and simpler.
  • Cost: Porcelain is more expensive; composite is more budget-friendly.
  • Repair and Maintenance: Porcelain requires full replacement if damaged; composite is easier to repair.

Veneers were created to help you get your smile back. From correcting poorly shaped,  crooked, broken or chipped teeth to closing gaps and even helping to fix minor to unsightly stains on your teeth, veneers help change the overall appearance of your smile. Veneers are purely cosmetic dentistry and cannot correct an under or over-bite of the jaw.

For veneers, Perth City Dental offers both composite and porcelain veneers to help you get the tooth structure of your dreams. We’ve highlighted some advantages of both to help you choose a side.

Composite Veneers

What Are Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are a same-day procedure, meaning they are sculpted to your teeth in one go as you sit in our dental chair and relax. Similar in colour to your tooth, the resin is applied directly to the tooth surface and then shaped and sculpted by a dentist.

Using high-intensity light, the resin is then hardened, and if needed, more layers can be added and sculpted until you have a nicely shaped tooth. On finishing, the resin is given a polish and shine to give it that more natural appearance and you are good to go.

Advantages of Composite Veneers

Due to this quick and convenient process, composite resin veneers are considered less invasive and are immediately noticeable.

The biggest advantage of composite veneers is that they are reversible. Requiring minimal to no preparation on your teeth, composite resin is not a permanent fix, so it can be removed and replaced or even added to as required. This is very helpful in the case of a chipped tooth as it is very easy to repair, whereas a porcelain veneer would need replacing.

Disadvantages of Composite Veneers

Composite resin veneers are a more porous substance than porcelain and can pick up more staining over time. If you are a lover of tea, coffee, curry, berries and/or red wine, this might not be the most suitable option for you.

They are also a softer material than porcelain, which means they are more likely to chip and break down over time and require a lot more love and care.  This also means that they do not last as long as porcelain and would need replacing after 4 to 8 years.

Our team offer a complimentary polish-up of composite veneers at your six-monthly check-up, as well as a scale and clean to maintain your composite veneers and ensure they have the longest possible lifespan.

Porcelain Veneers

Durability and superior cosmetic dentistry results are key when it comes to porcelain veneers, and they can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years or even longer if maintained correctly. Porcelain is extremely strong and when considering the price, they are definitely value for money and a superb investment.

When fabricated using high-quality materials by perfectionist lab technicians and a dentist with a good eye for aesthetics, porcelain veneers look incredibly natural. They have that same translucent, glassy-looking quality that our natural tooth enamel possesses.

Porcelain veneers are not a same-day deal procedure, and you may have to wear temporary veneers until they are finished being sculpted and created in the laboratory. Porcelain is a great solution should you have worn enamel, wear and tear, genetic defects, uneven teeth, etc., as they address serious concerns such as these.

These days, porcelain veneers can be fabricated with little to no preparation of the teeth, which means they can be very conservative. So, if you’re looking for durable, natural-looking veneers, porcelain is definitely the way to go.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Because porcelain is so strong and durable, the chances of it staining or chipping are very low. The glaze that is applied after application reinforces this strength too.

While some dentists may warn you to change your diet due to the porous nature of composite resin that can stain, porcelain does not require this change in lifestyle as it does not stain easily.

Many people believe porcelain veneers are destructive of a tooth’s structure but in actual fact, they are very thin and are prepared and applied much like acrylic nails. Their strength comes from the underlying enamel structure, which means the less the tooth is prepared, often the stronger the veneer becomes after it has been bonded to the teeth.

Porcelain is a more permanent veneer option, and we work with our patients to ensure great results with minimally invasive techniques. We even give our patients the chance to see what they would look like with veneers using a carefully crafted mock-up from a cast model of their teeth and placing temporary dental veneers in their mouth BEFORE they opt to go ahead with the porcelain veneer treatment.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

The only disadvantages to porcelain veneers are that it takes more than one visit to get them and they are more expensive than composite resin ones initially.

Another thing to remember with porcelain is that if you chip a veneer, you will need to get it replaced.

Comparing Porcelain and Composite Veneers

Material Composition

The material composition forms a fundamental difference between the two. Porcelain veneers are crafted from a thin layer of porcelain, a ceramic renowned for its robustness and enduring quality. This material is meticulously shaped to conform to the teeth’s front surface.

In contrast, composite veneers consist of composite resin, a compound integrating plastic with glass particles. This material is versatile and is typically moulded directly onto the teeth.

Appearance

When it comes to appearance, each type has its merits. Porcelain veneers are particularly esteemed for their ability to replicate the natural light-reflecting qualities of real teeth. This gives them a high level of translucency and an appearance that closely resembles natural dental enamel. Additionally, porcelain is highly resistant to stains, maintaining its pristine appearance over time.

Composite veneers, while capable of being fashioned to appear quite natural, might not achieve the same level of translucency as their porcelain counterparts. They are also more susceptible to staining as time progresses.

Durability and Longevity

The aspect of durability and longevity is crucial in differentiating the two. Porcelain veneers generally boast a longer lifespan, often lasting between 10 to 15 years or more, particularly with diligent care. Their resistance to chipping and staining is a significant advantage.

Composite veneers, in comparison, usually have a shorter lifespan, typically around 5 to 7 years. They are less robust than porcelain and are more prone to wear and damage.

Procedures

The procedure involved in placing these veneers also varies significantly. Porcelain veneers require a more involved process. This usually entails at least two dental appointments. The first step involves removing a small portion of the tooth enamel to accommodate the veneer. An impression of the teeth is then taken, which is used to custom-fabricate the porcelain veneer. This veneer is then placed on the teeth in a subsequent visit.

On the other hand, composite veneers can often be completed in a single visit. The composite resin is applied and sculpted directly onto the teeth, necessitating minimal or no removal of tooth enamel.

Associated Costs

Cost is another critical factor. Porcelain veneers are generally more expensive due to the material quality and the intricacies involved in their fabrication.

Composite veneers offer a more cost-effective solution, making them an appealing option for those on a tighter budget.

Repair and Maintenance

Lastly, the aspect of repair and maintenance set these two apart. Porcelain veneers, if damaged, typically require complete replacement.

Composite veneers, however, are easier to repair if they sustain any damage.

In essence, porcelain veneers are a premium option, offering durability, a natural look, and longevity, but at a higher cost and with a more complex placement procedure. Composite veneers, while more affordable and quicker to apply, do not offer the same longevity and are more prone to staining and damage. The decision between porcelain and composite veneers should be made based on individual dental needs, aesthetic preferences, and budget considerations.

Visit our veneers page for more information on veneers treatment pricing.

Frequently Asked Questions

The time scale is 2 weeks from the preparation appointment to the big day of insert. Your dentist at Perth City Dental will make you some temporary covers for your teeth for this 2 week period.

Teeth with a moderate amount of discolouration or misshapen teeth are ideal for veneers. Our professional team at Perth City Dental is happy to meet you and discuss your cosmetic needs and ideas.

Porcelain veneers involve more time and materials than composite veneers which are done on the day. The trade off is that porcelain veneers have a much longer life span in terms of strength and stability of colour and shininess.

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