Dental veneers, are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth. They are small shells that are attached to the tooth surface and look completely natural due to the match in colour to surrounding teeth. Made from resin-composite or porcelain materials, dental veneers are constructed to last and are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Some common reasons for seeking dental veneers or crowns include:
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Small teeth
- Cosmetic improvement
How much do dental veneers cost?
There are a number of factors that will influence the price of dental veneers. This includes what material they are made of, how many teeth are being treated, and any other complications that may arise from applying the veneer that needs extra dental treatment. For example, if you have crooked or uneven teeth, you might first need braces before a veneer can be placed.
As a general guide, in Australia veneers cost between $750-$1400.
What is the dental veneer process?
1. Your appointment
Firstly, before you get your crown, you will have an appointment with a dentist to decide exactly which type is right for you. You will also discuss how many veneers you want, and whether you need any preliminary treatment, such as braces, before veneers can be placed.
Usually, you will have an x-ray so your dentist can determine your overall dental health – ruling out other problems such as decay and gum disease. A dentist can't apply a veneer to a tooth that is decayed or is need of a root canal. During this appointment you can also ask your dentist any questions you might have.
2. Size of your veneer
Next, your dentist will determine the right size of your veneer. They will grind down your tooth enamel (half a millimetre or less) and take an impression of your teeth. This is then sent to the lab to make your veneers, completely personalised to you.
3. Place your veneers
Once your veneers arrive, you will return to your dentist to have them placed. The dentist will make sure the colour, size, shape, and fit are perfect before application. Once you and your dentist are happy, they will clean your teeth to ensure bacteria isn't trapped under your brand new veneer, then, they will grind your tooth to allow a rough surface for the veneer to adhere too. The veneer is adhered with dental cement, which is then hardened under ultraviolet light.
How long does getting a dental veneer take?
After your initial appointment, the actual process of having a veneer placed is usually no more than two hours. If a local anaesthetic is used, sometimes it can take a little longer.
How do I care for my crowns and veneers?
Dental veneer procedures do not have a lengthy recovery process, unlike some other dental procedures. Once your anaesthetic wears off, you can go back to life as usual. Because your veneer has already been shaped, it will function just like a normal tooth.
You are free to eat and chew, but the surface may feel a little rough for several days. This sensation will go away with regular eating and brushing, but if it doesn't, your dentist can smooth out the surface with another visit.
How long do dental veneers last?
Porcelain veneers generally last between 10 and 15 years, while composite resin veneers usually last between 5 and 7 years. If you look after them properly, you can make sure that you get the longest life possible from your veneers. Some simple rules include:
- Don't bite down on hard things such as pen lids, ice cubes, and even your nails
- Don't open things with your teeth
- Eat hard foods with your back teeth
- If you're prone to grinding your teeth, invest in a retainer
- Wear a mouth guard for high impact sports
What are the benefits of dental veneers and crowns?
Not only do veneers improve your appearance, but they also improve your overall dental health and your quality of life. Having broken or disfigured teeth can cause you pain, and can make everyday activities like eating very difficult. Your veneers are an investment in a happier, healthier, and more confident smile.
How do I get my veneers?
Having veneers placed is a long term decision, so you need to make sure to consult the most qualified professionals. Ask your dentist what their experience is in the field, and make sure they have a reputation for high quality and natural finishes. A poor job will only end up more costly down the track.
To book an appointment with the trusted team at our Box Hill dental clinic, please call (03) 8547 9556 or request an appointment online, and our friendly staff will call you back to confirm.