Do you hide your smile?
Veneers are crafted from fine shells of porcelain, which mimic the natural appearance of tooth enamel. Veneers are a conservative and effective way to change and enhance your smile. Where a crown encases a tooth in its entirety, a veneer bonds to the surface of your front teeth covering imperfections such as chips, discolouration and can be used to close gaps. They may be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment, creating a flawless new smile.
Your teeth are prepared by lightly grinding the facial surface of the tooth and removing a small amount of enamel so when your veneers are placed, they blend seamlessly in size and shape with your surrounding natural teeth.
Once a decision has been made to construct veneers, the teeth are prepared, and an impression taken. At the same appointment, temporary covers are made and lightly cemented. This will remain on the teeth until the final veneers are cemented at the next appointment.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin tooth-colored shells bonded to the front of your teeth to improve colour, shape, and size. You’ve probably seen movie stars with fantastic smiles who have porcelain veneers, but rest assured, you don’t have to pay like a celebrity to have the smile you’ve always dreamed of having!
Porcelain veneers are a popular and affordable smile makeover option at the Geelong Dental Centre because we can tweak your smile, correct flaws, and enhance specific features, including:
- Broken and chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Discoloured and worn teeth
Porcelain veneers are fully-customisable to your unique desires.
Veneers are especially helpful to people who want to upgrade not just their smile, but their confidence and appearance. Our dental team can work with you to co-design the smile of your dreams that matches:
- The shape of your natural smile
- Your facial features
- Your skin tone
- Your unique personality
Still have questions about Porcelain Veneers in Geelong?
Well, we have answers.
Will I get cavities under the veneers?
One of the great things about porcelain veneers is they cannot get cavities! While your natural tooth structure is modified to securely bond (or cement) the porcelain veneer on top, you should not develop cavities as long as you keep up with a good hygiene routine. That means brushing and flossing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist for your regular checkups.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
These fantastic smile solutions can last anywhere from 7 to 20 years! The better your hygiene and oral health care, the closer you will be at the 20-year mark. Since natural teeth and gum tissue structure may change over time, it’s important to visit your dentist at least two times per year.
What if one of my veneers falls off?
Porcelain veneers are made of a durable composite material that is as strong as or even stronger than natural teeth. While veneers rarely fall off, now and then you may bite into something really tough (P.S. you shouldn’t do that anyway!), and one of the shells might fall off. If that happens, give us a call right away. We may be able to re-cement the veneer in place.
What if I just want the top teeth to be perfect? Will my bottom teeth look weird?
Getting porcelain veneers only on your top teeth is very common. Usually, patients will receive in-chair teeth whitening on the bottom teeth so we can custom-match the colours.
Will my veneers stain with coffee and wine?
Nope! Unlike natural teeth, porcelain veneers do not stain! But that doesn’t mean good hygiene is thrown out the window. Keep up with the good brushing and flossing techniques we teach you and your smile can stay fabulous for a lifetime.