What are veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that can be used to restore chipped, stained, or misaligned teeth. They are bonded to the front of your teeth and preserve your tooth’s natural structure while concealing any discolouration. They are also colour matched and imitate the unique gleam and texture of your teeth so you will be guaranteed a healthy, natural looking smile for years to come.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Porcelain veneers have numerous benefits which is why they are one of the most popular cosmetic dental enhancements today. Not only do they preserve your natural tooth structure but the bonding process can also strengthen your teeth. Veneers can also be colour matched to your smile so that you can combine prosthetics and your natural teeth without feeling self-conscious that people will be able to tell. Veneers can also be used to hide small flecks of discolouration or stains, as well as conceal the dentine which can be exposed due to loss of enamel.
Colour is not the only reason why people choose to have porcelain veneers installed. They are also used to conceal small chips and cracks which have compromised the shape of the tooth. If you suffer from a chip or crack your dentist will evaluate your tooth structure to determine whether a crown or veneer will best suit your needs. Another reason for dental veneers is if you are concerned about the appearance of your mamelons which are the small ridges on your two upper front teeth which are required to break through the gum. These can be worn down when you’re a child however for some people the ridges stay throughout their whole life.
We often have patients visit our Noosa dental practice, who are concerned about the appearance of slightly buck teeth or short, stubby teeth. ‘Buck teeth’ is generally a genetic condition that occurs when your teeth develop. Short or stubby teeth can also be genetic however, they can also occur due to bruxism which is the grinding of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can conceal both of these conditions by covering and elongating the individual teeth.