Veneers were created to help you get your smile back. From correcting spaces between your teeth, poorly shaped or crooked teeth, broken or chipped teeth and even minor to unsightly stains on your teeth, veneers will help change the overall appearance of your smile. Also known as “instant orthodontics” porcelain veneers can be used to mask slightly crooked or misaligned teeth. Veneers can either be porcelain or composite in material but are purely cosmetic as they cannot correct an under- or over-bite of the jaw.
At The Smile Clinique we offer both porcelain and composite veneers. We’ve highlighted some advantages of both to help you choose a side:
Composite veneers are a same-day procedure, meaning they are sculpted to your teeth as you sit in our dental chair and relax. Similar in colour to your tooth, the resin is applied directly to your tooth and then shaped and sculpted by a dentist.
Using a high-intensity light, the resin is then hardened and if needed, more layers can be added and sculpted until you have a nicely shaped tooth. On finishing, the resin is given a polish and shine to give it that more natural appearance and you are good to go. Due to this quick and convenient process, composite resin veneers are considered less invasive and immediately noticeable. The biggest advantage of composite veneers is that they are reversible. Requiring minimal to no preparation on your teeth, composite resin is not a permanent fix so it can be removed and replaced or even added to as required.
Composite veneers are a more porous substance than porcelain and can pick up more staining over time. If you are a lover of tea, coffee, curry, berries and/or red wine, this might not be the most suitable option for you. They are also a softer material than porcelain which means they are more likely to chip and break down over time and require a lot more love and care. Our team offer a complimentary polish up of composite veneers at your six-monthly check-up and scale and clean to maintain composite veneers and ensure they have the longest possible life span.
Durability and superior cosmetic result are key when it comes to porcelain veneers and they can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years or even longer if maintained correctly. Porcelain is extremely strong and hard-wearing and when considering the price, they are definitely value for money and a superb investment.
When fabricated using high quality materials by perfectionist lab technicians and a dentist with a good eye for aesthetics, porcelain veneers look the incredibly natural and have that same translucent, glassy-looking quality that our natural tooth enamel possesses. Because porcelain is so strong and durable, the chances of it staining or chipping is very low and the glaze that is applied after application, reinforces this strength too.
While some dentists may warn you to change your diet due to the porous nature of composite resin veneers that can stain, porcelain veneers do not require this change in lifestyle.
Porcelain veneers are not a same-day deal procedure and you may have to wear temporary veneers until they are finished being sculpted and created in the laboratory. Porcelain veneers are a great solution should you have worn enamel, wear and tear, genetic defects, uneven teeth, etc. as they address serious concerns such as these.
These days, porcelain veneers can be fabricated with little to no preparation of the teeth which means they can be very conservative.
Many people believe porcelain veneers are destructive of a tooths structure but in actual fact, they are very thin and are prepared and applied much like acrylic nails.
Their strength comes from the underlying enamel structure which means the less the tooth is prepared, often the stronger the veneer becomes after it has been bonded to the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a more permanent option and we work with our patients to ensure great results with minimally invasive techniques. We even give our patients the chance to see what they would look like with veneers using a carefully crafted mock up from a cast model of their teeth by placing temporary veneers to this shape in their mouth BEFORE they opt to go ahead with treatment.
Porcelain Veneers in Perth
Feeling a little overwhelmed with choice? Give us a call and book a consultation today, and let’s discuss your options and goals in detail. Regardless of your choice, both options offer great results that are sure to keep you smiling.