There is an old saying that goes, “Let your smile be your umbrella”.
As it turns out, that saying makes a lot of sense, as an attractive smile is positively associated with success at work, romance, and in all aspects of life.
But what does this mean for someone with less than perfect teeth?
By genetics, lunch, time, or accident, teeth can become unattractive or damaged. If this happens, our confidence and lives can be negatively impacted.
Yellow, stained, ill-shaped, small, or otherwise damaged teeth can become an anchor that holds us down.
Fortunately, your Campbelltown dentist has solutions to these kinds of problems, and one of the best solutions, for qualified patients, is the dental veneer.
A dental veneer is a quick, effective, and relatively economical treatment to cover up teeth with poor colouration or cosmetic damage.
Taking two visits to complete, dental veneers can improve your smile and, in some cases (but not all), even help protect your teeth from cavities.
Let’s take a closer look at dental veneers and how they affect your dental health.
What is Dental Veneer?
You can think of a veneer as a slipcover for unattractive teeth. It is a thin, backless shell of porcelain that is bonded over the front surfaces of your natural teeth to protect them and improve the look of your smile.
Dental veneers come in two forms, porcelain or composite.
Porcelain veneers are custom manufactured in a dental laboratory, by a skilled technician working with models given by your dentist.
Porcelain veneers offer the closest approximation to the translucency and lustre of healthy natural teeth. They are also quite durable and robust.
Composites are typically built up in layers, using a tooth-coloured material, while you sit in the chair.
One advantage of this is that composite veneers can be completed in one visit, while porcelain veneers usually take multiple visits.
Aesthetically, composite veneers are thought of as not quite as attractive as porcelain veneers, though this is an entirely subjective judgment. At A Plus Dental, our veneers are porcelain.
Things to Know About Dental Veneers
The first thing to know is that dental veneers do come at the cost of some of your existing tooth. 3-30% of the natural tooth surface will be removed before veneers are placed.
This leads to the possibility of a second problem; because the enamel is removed from the tooth, a bad fit or poorly placed veneer can expose the thinned-out layer of enamel to decay.
This is why it is essential to get your veneers from a highly reputable dentist like A Plus Dental.
However, one great benefit of veneers can be that they help protect the underlying tooth from tooth decay (or cavities). Because veneers are not subject to attack, they protect teeth against the acid bacteria produce, which causes holes in teeth.
The teeth beneath veneers can still have plaque and tartar build-up, which can lead to decay. If cavities do develop, the teeth may become incapable of supporting your veneers, so good oral hygiene is needed.
If you are currently at a high risk of decay, it is unlikely your dentist will recommend veneers.
Part of that is your home oral hygiene as well as regular visits to A Plus Dental for checks, cleans, and scale and cleans if needed.
Should you get cavities after receiving dental veneers, there are two main options.
For older veneers, replacement is often the best choice, while newer veneers may call for repair with a tooth-coloured bonding agent.
Veneers can be expected to stay intact for up to 15 years, and it is important to support that lifespan with good dental care!
Dental veneers can be a dramatic, practical, and economical choice for teeth whose yellow appearance (or any other issues) needs improvement. Your first step should be to set up a consultation with A Plus Dental.
Quality Dental Care in Campbelltown
At A Plus Dental, we believe in individuality, honesty, compassion, and care. We give our Campbelltown area patients, of all ages, caring, relaxing treatments in a pleasant and comfortable environment.
When you choose A Plus Dental, you take the next step towards a beautiful, healthy smile with teeth that feel great in your mouth!
We have over 30 years of combined experience and treat each of our patients with the utmost care and respect.
Call (02) 4627 3833 or visit us at Suite 3/300 Queen Street in Campbelltown.