Porcelain Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers ​can be ​an ideal solution for you if you have

Broken, crooked or badly
chipped teeth
Aged veneers needing
replacement
Permanently stained or
discoloured teeth
Spaces between teeth
Tooth fractures
Excessively worn
teeth
The latest porcelain material are very similar to tooth enamel and blend in with the rest of the smile perfectly.

Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers, also known as, tooth veneers or dental veneers, are a modern aesthetic treatment to fix problems such as chipswear and tear and severe discolouration of teeth.

Tooth or dental veneers differ to tooth crowns in a way that they only cover the front of the tooth and not its entire circumference.

Tooth veneers have improved dramatically over the years. Newer tooth veneer systems use porcelain materials that are very similar to tooth enamel. This means that they do not stand out as foreign objects and blend in with the rest of the smile perfectly. Modern tooth veneer systems also do not require teeth to be cut extensively for their placement. Tooth enamel is very precious and needs to be preserved as much as possible and modern systems allow us to achieve this goal.

Tooth veneer treatment is a common procedure performed at Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry. Every case is assessed based on its own merit. We consider, using your input, as to what is the most cost-effective and minimally invasive procedure we can provide and what is the minimum number of tooth veneers we can place to produce maximum effect. A mock-up treatment is often performed to assess this and also to see if you are comfortable and happy with the estimated end result.

Once the treatment is approved, we try to duplicate the mock-up as accurately as possible using modern computerised technology. Usually, no injections are given as teeth are often left intact and no cutting is required depending on the case. Please note that bond between the veneer and the tooth is strongest when the tooth veneer is placed on healthy enamel. This is another reason why we keep the cutting of the teeth to an absolute minimum.

The longevity of ceramic (porcelain) tooth veneers is very much dependent on home care. As tooth grinding can fracture veneers, wearing a nightguard is often advised.

If you have any questions about tooth veneers, please call us on (08) 6117 1462 or send us an email.

Dental Veneers – What is involved?

Traditionally dental veneers require cutting of teeth (so the new veneers can be attached to the existing tooth), and fabrication of temporary veneers while the porcelain veneers are made. This often requires injections to numb the teeth, multiple visits and normally a minimum of 1-2 weeks between visits.
This is NOT how dental veneers are done in Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dental veneers, Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry way

At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry with careful case selection, we provide the veneers with no or minimal cutting of the tooth enamel. Why? Because your tooth enamel is what gives your teeth strength and rigidity, once cut, your tooth can become weaker.

To know how the new veneers will work on your teeth a "mockup" is performed first. This is to give both you and the dentist the necessary information about your teeth, lips and face, and how the new veneers will look and function. Once the mock-up is approved, a record of the mockup is taken to make sure it can be replicated.
Teeth are then prepared for impressions so that porcelain veneers can be made. All the sharp edges and bulging sections of the tooth are polished back. As we are not removing the enamel, no injections are needed unless there is an old filling that needs to be removed.

The veneers are designed by computer technology using the blueprint of the performed mock-up. They are then fabricated, polished and perfected. This process takes a few days for large cases or can be done while you wait in a single tooth case.

The veneers are tried in, observed and adjusted if needed. The colour can be modified using a variety of shades of cement (glue) to make sure it blends in with the rest of the teeth seamlessly.
It is only when both you and the dentist are happy with the results and you have given the final OK that the veneers are placed permanently.

We pride ourselves in the naturally beautiful results that we create. Often other dental professionals won’t be able to tell from our pictures which tooth has the veneer. Results though dramatic, are so subtle that patients' close friends even are often unable to pick what is changed.

So how does the procedure work? It's simple

At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry every case is assessed based on its own merit. We consider, using your input, as to what is the most cost-effective and minimally invasive procedure we can provide and what is the minimum number of tooth veneers we can place to produce maximum effect. A mock-up treatment is often performed to assess this and also to see if you are comfortable and happy with the estimated end result. Here's how the process takes place.

STEP:1

​Consultation

​A discussion about what you would like to acheive is the first step. Your options are then discussed based on your individual circumstances.

STEP:2


MOCK UP

​If veneers are chosen, ​ a mockup of the finished results is ​performed directly on your teeth. This assists the dentist and you to examine a very close estimation of what the final result will look like. We look at it together and perfect it to the point that​ meets both the aesthetic and functional needs.

STEP:3


DIGITAL MOULD

​A digital ​impression (mould) is then taken for making the veneers based on the performed mock up. Minimum roughening of the outer layer of enamel (not visible by naked eye) is performed before digital impressions (photos) are taken again to fabricate the final result. ​In most cases no injections and no temporaries are needed.

STEP:4


SAME DAY, ONSITE FABRICATION

The porcelain dental veneers are then crafted using CEREC, a German-designed Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Aided Manufactured (CAM) system on site by the dentist. This ensures the dental veneers are a very close replica of what we have agreed on.

STEP:5


SMILE!

The veneers are cemented ​on after the final observation and necessary adjustments. we often ask you to return for a review appointment. Night guards are sometimes needed to protect your teeth and your new veneers. 

Case Study 1: Porcelain Veneers

Before

Problem
Misaligned and rotated teeth, discoloured teeth, narrow teeth.

Treatment Options:

Orthodontic intervention ​or dental veneers.

After

Solution
Option Chosen:

Patient chose the restorative option in this case and porcelain veneers were placed with no minimum amount of tooth removal.

Number of Visits - 3

Case Study 2: Porcelain Veneers with Laser Tooth Whitening

Before

Problem
Small teeth, uneven gummy​ smile and ​discoloured teeth.

Treatment Options:

Laser gum lift to even gum line and to increase size ​of the teeth.

After

Solution
Option Chosen:

Laser teeth whitening performed to brighten smile. Porcelain veneers placed to enhance shape and size ​of the teeth.

Number of visits - 4


Case Study 3: Porcelain Veneers

Before

Problem
Chipped and discoloured teeth. There is a lack of visibility of the teeth in the smile.

Treatment Options:

Resin or porcelain veneers.

After

Solution
Option Chosen:

4 Porcelain veneers placed on upper front teeth and 2 placed on lower central teeth along with laser teeth whitening to enhance the shade.

Number of visits - 3

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is porcelain the ‘Best' material to use?

Is tooth reduction required?

Are Porcelain Dental Veneers permanent? Are they replaceable?

Can Porcelain Veneers break or fall off?

Will they wear down?

Will they look natural?

How do you colour match?

How long does it take?

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