Do you have yellow teeth? Forster Dental Centre has a range of treatments that can improve the look of your teeth and therefore upgrade the look of your overall smile.
In fact, we can easily overcome several aesthetic issues, including:
- Yellow teeth
- Tooth colour
- Tooth shape
- Tooth form
- Tooth size
- Chipped teeth
In many cases, our answer to these kinds of aesthetic issue is the dental veneer, a practical, inexpensive, and beautiful way to upgrade the look of teeth and smiles.
Better yet, veneers are a relatively quick treatment, taking no more than two visits to finish, and leaving you with a stunning new smile. If the appearance of your teeth is less than you might want it to be, dental veneers from maybe just thing to restore your smile and confidence.
To help you decide if dental veneers are for you, visit Forster Dental Centre for a consultation – for now, let’s discuss what veneers are, what they can help, and how you can keep them safe from cavities.
What are Veneers?
They are hollow, thin shells of composite material or porcelain bonded to the front of your teeth:
- To enhance the aesthetic appeal of your teeth and smile
- to protect the tooth that lies beneath.
Veneers come in two varieties, composite and porcelain. Composites generally cost less than porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers are usually built onto existing teeth, layer after layer, as the patient is in the dental chair. This means that composite dental veneers can be completed in only one visit, which keeps the cost down and also reduces treatment time.
Aesthetically, on the other hand, composite veneers are generally seen as not looking quite as attractive as porcelain veneers, and typically they do not have the same longevity.
Porcelain veneers are generally fabricated in a dental laboratory and can come very close to the transparency and lustre of a healthy natural tooth. Porcelain veneers are also quite versatile and rugged.
Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers
Let’s begin with the primary disadvantage – reduction of natural tooth enamel. Veneers require 3-30% of the natural tooth surface to be removed.
A veneer sits over the front of the tooth (thus consuming space) and needs to stick quite firmly, so existing tooth surface must be removed to make a veneer fit. This, obviously, leads to reduced tooth enamel to protect the tooth.
One potential great benefit of veneers is that they help protect the underlying tooth from dental caries (more commonly known as tooth decay or cavities).
Because they are not subject to attack, they protect teeth against the acid bacteria produce, which causes holes in teeth.
This doesn’t mean that veneers offer complete protection against cavities, that is still dependent on your approach to oral hygiene.
The teeth beneath veneers can still have plaque and tartar build-up, which is a precursor to decay. If cavities do develop, the teeth may reach a condition in which they can no longer support your veneers, so good oral hygiene is needed.
If you currently have a high risk of decay, it is unlikely your dentist will recommend veneers as a solution to your tooth-related problems. Obviously, part of that is your home oral hygiene as well as regular visits to Forster Dental Centre for check-ups and scale and cleans if needed.
Should you suffer from cavities after receiving dental veneers, there are two primary treatment options. For older veneers, replacement is often the best choice, while newer veneers may call for repair with a tooth-coloured bonding agent.
Dental veneers can be an outstanding, practical, and economical choice for teeth whose yellow appearance (or any other issues) you need to improve. The first step, as always, is to set up a consultation with Forster Dental Centre.
Your Local Dentist in Forster
At Forster Dental Centre, we provide each patient with the care that allows them to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for life!
We pride ourselves on listening to the needs and concerns of all our patients and aim to provide you with the personalised attention you and your family deserves.
We are located at 1st Floor Forster Tower, 12 Wallis St in Forster.