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6 things to know before getting porcelain veneers

If you are thinking about getting porcelain veneers, there are a few things you should know beforehand. As the old adage goes, first impressions go a long way and a person’s smile may play a huge role in that.

More and more people every day are seeking cosmetic dental treatments to find effective ways to improve their smiles and self-confidence. Among the options available, porcelain veneers have become increasingly popular for the results that they can achieve.

Veneers are a thin layer of dental material (porcelain or composite) that is placed over the front of your natural teeth to improve the shape, size and colour of your teeth.

woman smiling with porcelain veneers on her front teeth

As veneers are an elective cosmetic procedure, there are some things you need to be aware of before you decide to undergo treatment. Furthermore, veneers are not suitable for everyone so you will need to have your teeth assessed by your dentist to see if you are a suitable candidate.

As part of your consideration, our team has outlined 6 things you should know before you get veneers.

1. All cosmetic procedures carry risk

As is the case with any dental procedure, there are risks involved. During your initial consultation with your dentist, they will discuss in detail both the process for your particular case and the specific risks involved such as sensitivity. We endeavour to ensure that if something does occur, there are no nasty surprises and our experienced dentists are capable of guiding you throughout your treatment.

2. Veneers may not be for everyone

If you are looking to get veneers, it is important that not everybody is a suitable candidate for them. Certain factors that may make you ineligible for veneers include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Poor overall oral health
  • Further treatment is required to stabilise your teeth first

To make the process easier, we offer a free online consultation so you may undergo an initial assessment before coming to our practice. This allows our dentists to determine if you are a suitable candidate for any of our treatments without having to leave your home.

3. Veneers are a long-term commitment

Porcelain veneers are an irreversible procedure. The process requires us to carefully remove a thin layer of enamel to create space for the material. Even though this removal is kept to a minimum as much as possible, it is still enough that you cannot simply remove your veneers and return to your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can only be replaced by porcelain veneers.

Like any dental work, veneers require long-term care and maintenance to increase their longevity. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers may range from 10 – 15 years with variations based on:

  • Quality of your oral hygiene (i.e. brushing and flossing)
  • Getting regular 6 monthly check-ups
  • Taking care of what you eat (i.e. not biting directly into hard foods with your veneers)

4. ‘Perfect’ is different for everybody

What we think looks good is entirely subjective and varies from person to person. Ultimately, it is your opinion that matters the most and the more information you can provide us on what constitutes your ‘perfect’ smile, the more likely we are to be able to deliver on that. Your dentist is trained on analysing your smile and guiding you through the process of custom-designing your smile.

If you come across cases done by us or another practice where the result is appealing to you, take a screenshot as this will assist us in the design process. We always trial our designs with temporary material so you have a clear idea of what we are aiming for before we start doing anything to your teeth. It is not unusual that the ‘perfect’ smile you found online doesn’t actually suit you. If that is the case, adjustments can be made accordingly.

5. Do veneers change colour

Due to the nature of veneer materials such as porcelain, you cannot change the colour of the final shade via procedures like tooth whitening.

A common trap is people will attempt to use whitening toothpastes to try and whiten the porcelain. This will in fact make the veneers fade as whitening toothpastes are abrasive and will in fact scratch the surface of the porcelain.

Choosing the right shade that is in line with your desired aesthetic look may not be an easy decision. For this, your dentist will help you choose the shade using our shade chart. This will give you a better idea on what the colour of your veneers will look like once they are placed.

6. Are there alternatives?

It is always important to consider what alternative options are available to help you achieve your goals. Treatments such as in-chair whitening or composite veneers may be a less invasive way for you to improve your smile. Our experienced dentists will always present other treatment options for your consideration.

Porcelain Veneers Gold Coast

If you ready to take the next step in your Smile Journey, you can contact our friendly team today. We offer Composite and Porcelain Veneer Smile Makeover Packages on the Gold Coast.

Alternatively, you can fill out our free online consultation form 24/7. This way our team can assess your oral health condition and provide you with treatment recommendations or feedback.