Ever heard of dental veneers? An introductory guide

man with veneers

When you have discoloured teeth, or if you have teeth that are cracked, it is highly likely that you have been looking for a way to repair them.

In your online searchings, you have probably come across tooth veneers or dental laminates.

Originally designed to spruce up the smiles of actors and models, these clever porcelain coverings have gradually worked their way into regular cosmetic dental surgeries over the last 20 years.

But what are they and how are they fitted?

Provided that your are suitable, you should have no issue finding a suitable dentist to fit your dental veneers Wagga. This procedure is becoming exceedingly popular now and, as you may have guessed, as technologies surrounding it improve, it is becoming easier than ever before to have them fitted (and faster too!)

So, back to the original question; just what are porcelain laminates and how do they work?

What are they?

To look at, oral veneers are nothing special; they look like a thin piece of porcelain.

And, that’s actually what they are! But, that thin piece of porcelain can be used to transform a smile; everything from yellow teeth to the concealing of cracks can be fixed with dental laminates. They can even be used to reduce the sensitivity of teeth.

woman getting fitted with veneers

Does the fitting hurt?

Not at all!

When your dental team fits dental laminates, they will first need to sand down the front of the tooth that they are going to be placed on. This doesn’t hurt, so don’t worry.

Once sanded, they will place a resin-based dental cement on to the tooth and apply the veneer over the top. When the cement has dried, the procedure is complete.

The fitting usually takes an hour but this will depend on how many laminates you are having fitted at the time. Either way, you can walk into your surgery with one set of teeth and leave with a completely different looking set; how cool is that?

Are they expensive?

Many patients worry that laminates are expensive and thus refrain from asking about them.

Many dental surgeries who offer laminates can offer suitable patients financing options to help you spread the cost of treatment into affordable monthly chunks.

Then all you will have to do is worry about how often you should flash your new pearly whites in upcoming photos.

How long do they last?

Provided that you practise good oral hygiene, refrain from smoking and visit your team biannually for check-ups, laminates should last up to and over 15 years.

Of course, if you suspect that one is coming loose, talk to your team.

Can anyone have them fitted?

Almost everyone is suitable for having dental laminates fitted; you just have to be over 18 years of age.

If you smoke or suffer from gum disease, there may be an issue with the longevity of your dental laminates. Talk to your dental  team about smoking cessation if you want to break the habit and discuss preventive measures for periodontal disease.

DISCLAIMER

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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