Porcelain Veneers

in Wahroonga, North Shore, Sydney

Want to transform the appearance of your smile? If so, dental veneers may be the ideal solution for you

Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dental treatment that can transform the entire appearance of your smile. Often considered the gold standard in cosmetic dental treatment, veneers can be used to visibly erase many of the unwanted characteristics of a less than perfect smile.

Are you concerned about…?

  • Chipped, cracked or crooked teeth
  • Discolouration’s
  • Teeth that are too short or too long
  • Misalignments or gaps

The benefits of veneers:

Customised to you

Custom-designed veneers can mask the appearance of aesthetic concerns whilst potentially crafting the beautiful proportions of your ideal smile. Each porcelain slip is custom designed and made to suit the unique proportions of your smile.

Natural appearance

Colour-matched to the exact shade and translucency of your natural tooth enamel, these incredibly strong and incredibly slim veneers are bonded to the visible surfaces of your teeth to create natural-looking beautiful results.

Strong and enduring

With good care these stain resistant veneers should last for more than a decade. The make-up of the porcelain used to make the veneers allow for strong resistance to staining and chipping, meaning that you can retain the shape and colour of your veneers for many years.

Before getting dental veneers

Before getting dental veneers your detnist will identify if your a suitable candidate for veneers. During your initial consultation we will assess your dental condition and discuss with you the options that exist to treat your particular cosmetic dental concerns.

Once we have identified that veneers would be a suitable option for you we will tailor a treatment plan to address your particular dental concerns. This may also involve an x-ray  as well as taking impressions of your teeth to custom make your veneer. Once the measurements have been taken we can begin to create your veneer.

If you would like more information, or to request a consultation, please contact us today.

What is the procedure for getting porcelain veneers?

Your dentist will first ensure that you are a suitable candidate for veneers by examining your teeth and taking dental X-rays should the need arise.

  1. Your tooth will then be prepared, which involves the removal of a small amount of enamel from your tooth.
  2. Next, an impression will be made of your tooth. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory, which uses the impression to create your veneer.
  3. In the interim, a temporary veneer may be placed on your tooth.
  4. Once your porcelain veneer is ready, your dentist will give you a call to have the veneer fitted. Adjustments will be made to your porcelain veneer (if need be) to ensure the perfect fit and colour.
  5. After your tooth has been cleaned, polished and etched, the veneer is then permanently attached to your tooth using dental cement.

If you would like to know more about porcelain veneers, please contact us today.

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant but not stain proof. So, it’s important to:

  • maintain good oral hygiene
  • chew sugar-free gum
  • drink plenty of water
  • avoid certain foods

Not sure what food you can eat with dental veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain, matched to the colour of your teeth. Or matched to your desired shade of whiteness. They are then bonded to the surface of your teeth.

These veneers can correct cosmetic dental issues by altering the shape, size, colour or length of your teeth.

It’s best to avoid chewing on ice cubes, hard candy or lollies or drinking a lot of alcohol. Each of these things, among others, can cause problems down the track with your dental veneers.

What not to eat with temporary veneers

If you have temporary veneers fitted on your teeth, you will need to be extra-cautious about the foods you choose to eat.

These veneers are meant to be removed once your custom-made veneers are ready and can become loose or damaged easily. Avoiding these foods is key to protecting your temporary veneers as well as your teeth:

  • Tough, chewy meats
  • Ice cubes (crunching on ice is a big no-no)
  • Apples (biting into an apple should be avoided)
  • Sticky, toffees and candies
  • Crunchy chips and pretzels
  • Toast
  • Tough bread that is difficult to bite into or chew
  • Popcorn
  • Stain-causing foods and drinks. These include coffee, teas, cool drinks, wines, soy sauce, curries, tomato sauce, and berries.

What can I eat with temporary veneers?

With temporary veneers, it is best to stick to soft foods that aren’t stain-causers. These foods include:

  1. Soft chicken cut into bite-sized pieces;
  2. Pasta;
  3. Mashed potatoes;
  4. Eggs;
  5. Fish;
  6. Soft canned foods;
  7. Soft fruits, such as bananas and plums.

What can I not to eat with porcelain veneers?

Unlike temporary veneers and even natural teeth, permanent porcelain veneers are less susceptible to staining. Porcelain veneers are, however, not indestructible, and when worn down or damaged, they can become less resistant to staining. You can prevent damage and staining to your veneers by avoiding:

  • Foods and beverages that are highly acidic in nature: these include lemons, cool drinks, and tomato sauce which can erode the bonding material;
  • Biting into ice;
  • Biting into hard foods such as toffee apples and hard candies;
  • Frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages: the alcohol softens the surface of the bonding material;
  • Frequent consumption of stain-causing drinks: this includes coffee, tea, and red wines. Although porcelain veneers are largely stain-resistant, the bonding material and teeth beneath them are not;
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco;
  • Using your teeth for other functions: as an extra pair of hands to hold onto heavy objects, or as a pair of scissors to tear through wrappings and packages.