What Are Veneers?

Veneers are customised facings for your teeth that can be made in porcelain. They can be customised to suit the specifications and colour of your choice and come in different grades. 

Depending on your teeth they are applied by removing 0.3 – 2.5 millimeters off the surface of the tooth or sometimes, no tooth surface removal at all. 

Your dentist will offer options for numbers and types of veneers that will work best for you.

What Do Veneers Look Like?

Expertly crafted, veneers look like natural teeth. Giving you a fresh new look. They can cover and mask rotated, chipped, gappy, pointy, short/long teeth. 

Veneers work very well for people without extensive damage to their teeth as it is a relatively non-invasive procedure to achieve a natural smile. 

Types of Dental Veneers

There are several different types of tooth veneers or dental veneers available.

The right material for you depends on the problems you want to fix.

Porcelain veneers are considered to be the best at resisting stains and mimicking the light-reflecting shine of natural healthy teeth, while resin composite veneers are less expensive and can be a good alternative, but they do not always last as long as porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers come in 2 different types;

Single shade

  • This is suitable for someone who wants to have a single white shade
  • The perfect Hollywood style look

Invisible natural look

  • This is suitable for someone who wants better looking teeth but does not want anyone to notice. 
  • The veneers are build up in different shades and transparencies to mimic a natural tooth. 

Advantages of Dental Veneers

Veneers are a relatively non-invasive to improve the look of your teeth. They are quicker than orthodontics to improve the appearance of your teeth. 

They are glued in place but can be changed as your face changes as you age, you may want a slightly darker set when you get older. A set lasts about 10 years. 

They are completely customizable, allowing you to achieve the exact smile you want. 

Disadvantages of Veneers

Veneers are permanent, removal is not recommended for change of mind as due to the teeth preparation required, you will never be able to go back to your old smile. 

Veneers are not easy to chip, but they can chip or crack, if this happens it will need to be replaced with a new one. 

If you grind your teeth, they are more likely to chip. Your teeth can still decay underneath if the veneer is not taken care of properly. 

If you have extensive damage or fillings to a tooth, a veneer may not work and a crown may be required instead. 

Veneered teeth still need to be looked after like natural teeth with flossing, brushing and regular 6 monthly check up visits. 

If you plan to get any other cosmetic procedures to your face, such as lip fillers or Botox, these will affect the look of your veneers. 

Once installed, the shade can not be changed, so if you want to whiten your teeth, you should do it before your veneers are placed. 

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers can last 10 years or more if well taken care of. It is normal for your gums and teeth to move as you age, as such there will be some changes over the years. Veneers are almost as strong as your natural teeth, however, it is important to protect your investment by not biting into hard or crusty foods, chewing on chewy or hard lollies or ice, definitely don’t open packets with your new teeth. 

Taking Care of Your Veneers

Caring for your veneers can be relatively simple and similar to taking care of your own teeth in terms of brushing, flossing, and other standard dental hygiene including regular cleanings, but there are a few special caveats.

You’ll want to be especially careful eating hard, tough, or chewy foods. What’s more, you’ll need to protect your investment by always wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports, wearing a retainer or splint at night to protect your veneers, especially if you grind your teeth, and avoiding chewing on pens, crunching on ice, or biting your nails.

Finally, be aware that you should try and reduce the consumption of red wine, coffee, and other foods or drinks that can stain your teeth because your veneers can get stained in the same manner.

The Cost of Porcelain Veneers or Dental Veneers

Veneers can vary in price depending on your location and the extent of the procedure, or the number of teeth that you need covered with dental veneers.

Dental veneers can range in cost from around $600 to $2,500 per tooth depending on the material that you select and the amount of damage that needs to be covered or repaired.

Note that veneers are not typically covered by dental insurance since they are considered to be a cosmetic dentistry procedure, but you should check your specific dental insurance policy to be sure.

Veneers Pricing
Single Shade $6000$8000$9000$10000
Invisible Natural Look$7000$1000$12000$14000


How to Get Veneers?

Consult: This is a 10-20 min complimentary session with our experienced dentist, who will give you initial advice about your suitability for veneers and the types of results you can achieve. 

Appointment 1 – Dental Veneer Diagnosis, Planning & Records ($500 records fee)

A full mouth x-ray will be taken of your mouth to ensure there are no preliminarily issues that need to be corrected prior to veneer placement. We will discuss your objectives and any limitations there may be for your desired results.

Your dentist will use your specifications and a 3D scan of your teeth to digitally design a new smile that suits you. The design process will take 1-4 weeks to complete before we can trial your new smile. 

Your records fee will be used towards your veneer treatment cost. 

Appointment 3 – Getting Temporary Dental Veneers

You’ll have temporary veneers made out of a tooth coloured material that you can for a few days. It will give you time to try out a new look and give the dentist feedback for the construction of the final veneers. 

Think of these temporary dental veneers as test driving a car, but then you’ll order the exact one with all the finishes customised to your preferences.

Appointment 4 – Placing the Dental Veneers

Your temporary veneers will be remove and the new ones bonded in. The veneers will first be placed on your teeth without glue, so that you can confirm the look first, before they are glued in.  If you are having a night guard made, we will take mould for this in this visit. 

After the anaesthetic wears off, you will be able to debut your new smile! 

You will have a follow up visit after a few weeks, to ensure everything is healing nicely and your bite is natural and to insert a night guard if applicable.

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