Porcelain and composite veneers are a fast and effective way to improve your smile
At Bite Dental, we have been providing patients with porcelain and composite veneers to help them improve their smile. A dental veneer, made from either porcelain or a composite resin, is used to hide: gaps, imperfections and discolouration in your teeth.
Quite often, dental veneers are used in conjunction with teeth whitening treatments to achieve that overall glowing, healthy-looking smile. Dental veneers are only placed on the teeth in the ‘smile zone’—the top and bottom six teeth visible when you smile.
The benefits of dental veneers
As far as cosmetic dental treatments go, dental veneers are a minimally-invasive treatment to improve more than just the colour of your teeth. Dental veneers, whether made from porcelain or composite, can conceal:
Some patients have opted for porcelain veneers over cosmetic orthodontics because all they are after is the look of straight, gap-less teeth. So, why get cosmetic orthodontics when with two to three appointments you can get the look you are after?
What is the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers?
Composite veneers are made from a composite resin and can be applied to your teeth in one appointment. Similar to a dental filling, composite veneers are colour-matched to the colour of your teeth and then applied to your teeth. Once you and your Bite Dental dentist is happy with the shape and appearance, a special blue light is applied to harden the material.
In just one appointment, you can have improved the look of your smile!
This treatment can last five to seven years. However, how long composite veneers actually last depend on how well you take care of your teeth. Because it is important to note that composite veneers can chip and stain—sort of like your natural teeth.
As the name suggests, porcelain veneers are made from a porcelain material, and then bonded to your teeth. This treatment takes two appointments and requires you to wear temporary veneers while you wait for your more permanent veneers to be fabricated in the dental lab.
At your first porcelain veneer appointment, one of our friendly dentists will take moulds of your teeth, and then prepare the tooth (or teeth) for treatment. This will involve colour-matching your teeth with both the temporary veneers and the new porcelain veneers. Once the mould is taken it will be sent off to the dental lab, and temporary veneers will be placed while we wait for the new, custom-made porcelain veneers.
The second appointment is where your temporary veneers are removed and replaced with the new porcelain veneers. This involves removing the temporary veneers and bonding the porcelain veneers to your teeth with a dental resin. These veneers last longer than composite veneers and are more stain resistant.
If properly taken care of, porcelain veneers have been known to last up to ten years.
The importance of colour-matching your teeth to porcelain veneers
During your initial consultation, we will ask if you are happy with the overall colour of your smile. The reason for this is: porcelain veneers can’t be bleached by teeth whitening products.
If during your initial consultation, you are unhappy with the overall colour of your teeth, we may recommend a teeth whitening treatment first. This way, if you do require whitening in the future it won’t adversely affect the colour of your smile.
Because, at the end of the day, we want you to leave our practice happy with the service and the treatment you received. If would like to know more about dental veneers and what they can do for your smile, contact Bite Dental today.