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If you have minor smile imperfections porcelain veneers might be the solution. Veneers work in a similar way to false fingernails in that they cover up the face of the underlying tooth. The veneers are generally between 0.3mm and 0.5mm thick and are cemented to the surface of the tooth. Porcelain veneers have the advantage of having a beautiful natural shine, strength and durability. They are ideal for transforming smiles.
Veneers are useful for:
- Improving the colour and shape of teeth.
- Closing spaces (gaps) between teeth.
- Concealing broken or chipped teeth.
- Covering stained teeth.
- Concealing crooked or misshaped uneven teeth.
Porcelain Veneers are thin porcelain material placed on the front of teeth to improve the look, appearance and colour of teeth. They are best used in cases where the patient’s teeth are:
Chipped, broken, heavily filled, stained and discoloured. The treatment can also be used for situations when the front teeth are short, crowded or in the wrong position.
The dentist on the day can either shave a thin layer of tooth or may decide to be conservative and not remove your structure. They will take an impression and glue in temporary veneers. The patient will return to get a final fitting of the veneers.
At Amazing Smiles porcelain veneers cost around $1400 each and carry 4 year guarantee against chipping.
Composite Veneers are similar to porcelain veneers, they are an economical option of improving the patient’s smile. Composite veneers are made of dental composites which are moulded and manipulated to size on the day. They are then trimmed and polished to simulate the shape and colour of real natural teeth. The dentist will spend considerable time talking and discussing with patient details like colour, shape and overall expectations.
Composite veneers average around $280 per tooth.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
Like Crowns and Bridges, it is reasonable to expect veneers to last ten to fifteen years or more. Occasionally veneers come lose or fall out. To protect your veneers you need to maintain good oral hygiene. Healthy teeth and gums require brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day.
Regular professional cleaning by your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist is essential. Failure to adequately maintain your veneers puts them at risk.
Does my Private Health help with Veneer Costs?
Patients who have Private Health Fund with major dental cover will have cover for porcelain veneer/s. Please contact one of our clinics closest to you for details on how your private health fund may help with your veneer cost. Your private health fund provider may have different policies and covers in place for veneers.