A beautifully perfected smile can inspire self-confidence and make a lasting positive impression. For many individuals, correcting bothersome dental flaws or recapturing a more youthful smile can be a life changing experience. To accomplish smile makeovers like these, we offers high-quality porcelain veneers that can create amazing results. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover a single tooth or a set of veneers to rejuvenate the appearance of your whole smile, this versatile procedure can deliver significant cosmetic improvements. Porcelain veneers can correct several types of tooth imperfections, including: Chips, Cracks, Misalignment, Gaps between teeth, Deep stains and discoloration Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth, Short or worn teeth. Dental veneers are designed to recreate the visible part of the tooth to change the tooth’s size, shape, colour, or other features. They are made of porcelain that is tinted to match natural dental enamel, and they are wafer thin to fit comfortably over the front of the tooth. Candidates for dental veneers include those with crooked teeth, teeth that are gapped, stained teeth, and chipped or worn teeth. We can use veneers as a part of an overall smile makeover that includes teeth whitening, orthodontics, or other treatments or procedures to not just enhance but transform your smile. Our practice is here to provide all-encompassing solutions for all things veneers. Whether you have a chipped, gapped, stained, or discoloured tooth, our solutions are applicable for any situation. Our approach to dentistry reflects our commitment to improving your smile and maintaining excellent health.”
1. If you have unhealthy teeth. Porcelain veneers cannot be placed on teeth where there is decay or active periodontal disease (gum disease). These conditions must be treated before porcelain veneers can be successfully fabricated and placed.
2. If you have weakened teeth. If a significant amount of tooth structure has been lost as a result of decay or fracture, or else already replaced by a dental filling, the tooth may not be a good candidate for a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers do not significantly strengthen the teeth on which they are placed. Teeth that have had a history of significant tooth loss structure are usually better off being treated by the placement of a dental crown, and not a porcelain veneer.
3. If you have an inadequate amount of enamel on the tooth. A porcelain veneer can only be successfully bonded onto tooth enamel. Some teeth, as a result of excessive wear or previous attempts at dental bonding, may have little or no enamel remaining on their front side. These teeth do not make good candidates for porcelain veneers.
4. If you clench or grind your teeth. Persons who clench and grind their teeth can make poor candidates for porcelain veneers. The forces created by these activities, termed bruxism by dentists, can easily chip or break porcelain veneers. Possibly a person can successfully control their bruxing habits during their waking hours, but during sleep a bruxer has essentially no control over this activity. If a person who bruxes does have veneers placed, they must be committed to wearing a plastic dental night guard when they sleep so as to minimize the amount of stress placed on their veneers.
There are no hard and fast rules about how long porcelain veneers will last. While you can certainly expect your veneers to last many years (some patients have had them for 20 or more years), it is unrealistic to expect them to last forever. With good home care and by exercising good judgment, it seems likely that a porcelain veneer could last well in excess of 10 to 15 years. To make your veneers last longer it is important to follow a good oral hygiene program and also visit your dentist for check-ups on a regular basis.
Porcelain veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of your smile using extremely thin layers of porcelain applied the front surface of the teeth. Whether your teeth are affected by stains, chips, gaps, or misalignment, veneers can revitalize your smile by effectively concealing these imperfections. Porcelain veneers can instantly reshape, resize, or lengthen the teeth, and the shade of each veneer is customized for the individual. Since each porcelain veneer is custom-made to blend flawlessly with the rest of your smile, the results of this procedure can be exceptionally natural-looking and beautiful.
The porcelain veneer procedure takes place over at least two-four office visits.
The first part of any dental procedure is the initial consultation and examination so that the dentist can get a feel for what you want and understand your needs and concerns. We explain the treatment procedure to you including an accurate guide to the likely costs of your treatment.
During this first appointment, we will discuss your expectations, and help you decide if veneers are best suited for your needs. We invests time in the consultation process to better ensure that all of our cosmetic patients know what to expect and are satisfied with the final outcome of the procedure. Since porcelain veneers are custom-made, we also focuses on clear doctor-patient communication to achieve the aesthetic results each patient desires. Dr. Castro believes porcelain veneers are an investment that can last decades, and makes every effort to make sure our patients feel comfortable and confident in their decision to proceed with the treatment.
During this visit, your teeth will be prepared for the veneers if you opted for traditional or standard Porcelain Veneer. This may consist of simply roughening, reshape and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the veneers or, in cases where the veneers are used to correct structural issues such as crowding, the teeth may be shaped more extensively in preparation. In certain cases, you may not need any preparation at all.
Once your teeth are prepared, a precise impression will be taken of your teeth. This will be used to fabricate your personal porcelain veneers so they fit securely to the tooth surface, whilst you are waiting for your veneers to be fabricated we may be fitted with some temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth. In cases where preparation is minimal or no preparation at all, you may not need a temporary veneers.
Once we received your custom made porcelain veneers from our Ceramist, we will call you for your inspection or preview. This will give you chance to make sure you are happy with everything cosmetic on your Veneers. IF you are happy with everything, we will book you on the next visit for cementation. IF there is something you wanted it refine or adjusted on your veneer, we will discuss it or may need to return it back to the lab. We won’t cement your Veneers unless you are absolutely happy and satisfied with everything.
In the final stage of the process, we will first remove your temporary veneers, if you have, and disinfect the teeth before the bonding process begins. We will reassess by doing a trial fitting to finally view the overall look of your Veneers. We will show it to you for final preview and approval.
After making sure the permanent veneers fit comfortably and with precision, we will then cement the veneers onto the front side of each tooth. The bonding material is designed to be incredibly durable, which should yield very long-lasting results for the veneers. In fact, with proper care, many patients enjoy their veneers for decades. Once Dr. Castro has affixed the veneers to your teeth and given them a final polish, the treatment process is complete.
Getting any sort of cosmetic dentistry is a big decision, and it’s not one that should be made lightly. Porcelain veneers are a high-end cosmetic smile enhancement, and you want to make sure that the veneers you receive are the right investment.
The cost of porcelain veneers can vary depending on a number of factors specific to your needs. Porcelain veneers typically cost between $700 and $2,500 per tooth but this price and the total cost of your smile makeover will vary based on several factors, including:
No two smiles are the same. Each individual has different esthetic enhancements they would like to make, different facial features and of course different bite and occlusal characteristics that will impact the price. The price varies since each smile makeover requires its own individual technique, varies in the number of veneers and the amount of time required for your treatment.
Porcelain veneers can address a variety of common tooth imperfections and help you smile with greater confidence. This popular procedure can correct the appearance of stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and even mild cases of tooth misalignment. Moreover, porcelain veneers have also shown to be an emotionally positive experience for many of our patients and helped change their lives.
Generally speaking, the cost of your veneers will depend on many factors, including the number of porcelain veneers necessary to restore your smile, the complexity of the case and whether if it is a Prepless /minimal prep or traditional prepared Porcelain Veneer. Our office can also talk with you in detail about our affordable financing options to determine the best payment plan for your financial situation.
We will work with you to help make sure you are able to receive the dental treatment you need and also check to see if your dental insurance provider will cover some of the procedure’s cost.
If you are considering porcelain veneers, it’s important to consider not only the cost of the treatment, but also the value. Porcelain veneers are among the most expensive treatments in cosmetic dentistry, but when you look at the advantages of the treatment, the value often greatly exceeds the cost.
As we will discuss below, there are many variables that make it impossible to predict the cost of your porcelain veneers without a consultation. During your consultation with us, we will talk about cost and financing in detail.
With this type of value, people who get porcelain veneers tend to be satisfied – and if you compare cost with satisfaction, it’s more often the people who pay more who are more satisfied.
If you’ve been shopping around and are wondering what the cost of dental veneers is, you’ve probably noticed that the quoted cost of the veneers can vary a great deal. In Melbourne, prices for porcelain veneers can range from $900 per tooth to $3,500 per tooth depending on where you go. You may also hear that some dentists only want you to do 4 or 6 dental veneers for your smile makeover, and others think that you need 10 or 12 teeth done. The key factors that affect the cost differences from one practice to another are as below:
What materials are being used? Not all veneers are created equal. Highly durable veneers are made of advanced materials that may be more expensive.
What training & experience does the dentist have? Experienced and well-trained cosmetic dentists may request more for their services.
Geography– As with everything, porcelain veneers cost varies from place to place.
Where and how they are manufactured– Experience and skill level of the dental laboratory
Complexity of your unique procedure
Two of the biggest factors that impact the cost of porcelain veneers are
1) the materials that are used and
2) the skill, training and experience of the specialist doing the work.
With these variables, it can be hard to accurately compare quotes from different cosmetic dentists on the ranges in cost of dental veneers. The key is to understand the value of what you are paying for.
When considering as important a dental procedure as porcelain veneers, it’s important to get multiple quotes, and when you’re comparing them, make sure you’re comparing the same product. Don’t forget to look carefully at dentists’ before and after pictures before making a decision.
Don’t compare apples to oranges!
When looking for quality cosmetic dental work in Melbourne, you want to be sure you are getting the best deal. The price you are quoted for a service can vary greatly from practice to practice. A savvy customer knows the importance of finding the balance between a fair price and ensuring that you receive skilled and experienced care from your provider. Ensuring that your dental work fits well, look natural, and is long-lasting requires skill and experience
Experience and talent can cost somewhat more up front than the services of a less skilled dentist. However, it saves time, money, and discomfort to do the job right the first time, with high-quality materials and modern techniques. Make sure you place your trust and your teeth in reliable hands to get the best work at the best price
Financing can help
We understand that, even with their outstanding value, it can be hard for people to afford porcelain veneers. To help with costs, we offer dental financing so you can get your porcelain veneers today and make only low monthly payments.
To discuss the cost and value of porcelain veneers with Dr. Castro please take advantage of our complimentary consultation.
Most dental insurance plans don’t cover the ALL cost of veneers because they’re considered a cosmetic procedure. Check your plan or call your insurance agent to see whether your insurer will cover part of the cost.
Porcelain veneers have become an invaluable part of aesthetic dentistry. These small yet durable porcelain shells can instantly transform discoloured, chipped or misaligned teeth into a beautiful, bright, white smile. If you intend to get porcelain veneers or have one recently cemented, it’s important that you know how to properly care for them.
Veneers, like similar forms of dental work are an investment that must be cared for to keep them looking their best. The good news is if you follow these steps below your veneers could last you a very long time.
Here are some ways to take care of your veneers and keep them looking as good as the day you got them:
The application of porcelain veneers is one of the most forgiving dental procedures on the market. You will not need to make any massive adjustments to your dental routine, but you will have to make sure to brush your teeth and floss them at least twice a day.
Do not be afraid to brush and floss your veneers. They can handle the pressure. That being said, it is wise to acquire a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste to ensure that your veneers do not wear down. Regularly brushing and flossing not only protects your porcelains, it helps your natural teeth. Guaranteeing to brush and floss frequently is vital.
Veneers are extremely durable. Despite that, they are not as strong as your natural teeth. All of the hard foodstuffs that harm your natural teeth will harm your veneers. Do not bite your fingernails or chew on pens when you are nervous. We understand that some people do that when they are anxious or uncomfortable, but it is harmful to your teeth.
In addition, pretzels, hard candy apples, and nuts are bad for your veneers. If you have to eat hard food, we recommend chewing with your back teeth. You can also break up candy bars or cut apples into pieces before you eat them, to ensure that your veneers do not chip.
After you have had your veneers put in place, your dentist will ask you to come back. It is important to make sure that the veneers were put in place correctly. Bruxism, or grinding one’s teeth, harm your veneers as well as your teeth. Visiting your dentist is a good way to see if you are affected by this and the dentist can spot any other problems which arise.
Grinding your teeth is a hidden distress for new smile. Almost everyone grinds their teeth to some degree, most of the time not realizing that it is happening. Grinding of the teeth is extremely damaging for those with veneers, as this wears away at the veneer and removes the cap layer from the original tooth. Teeth grinding can also lead to cracking or breaking of the veneer.
If you have veneers, you can take precautions against grinding by getting a night guard and wearing it while sleeping. You can also consult with your dentist for additional options to help teeth grinding. Just as you should wear a mouth guard for sleeping, don’t forget to protect your veneers when playing sports or exercising. Wear a mouth guard in these situations as well. You don’t want to chip off your veneer in a game of football! A mouth guard is a multi-purpose way to make sure your veneers stay intact.
Some foods and drinks really need to be avoided when possible so they do not mess up your porcelain veneers. Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine and foods like chocolate, citrus, and soda can stain or erode your veneers. It is not logical to expect people to avoid these foods totally, but it is important to limit their consumption and to try and clean your veneers after eating such foods.
Use a soft bristled toothbrush
Avoid toothpastes with baking soda and other abrasives
Refrain from using an astringent mouthwash
Composite vs. porcelain veneers? Both treatments involve full or partial facings of teeth that when properly done can enhance the beauty of your smile. Today’s composite materials can provide a life like beautiful appearance that is conservative of tooth structure and can last for a long time. Veneer therapy is used in cases in which more is needed to be done to accomplish natural aesthetics. Veneers can be used in more severe misalignment, form, coloir and spacing issues.
Composite bonding (also sometimes called “direct veneers” or “plastic veneers”) is a tooth-coloured plastic resin material. Bonding can usually be placed in one visit and is used many times to repair a smaller chip in a tooth or to make aesthetic improvements in more than one tooth. Bonding usually requires little to no tooth reduction or anaesthesia.
With composite veneers the resin is applied in layers to the tooth and sculpted directly in the mouth to achieve the desired aesthetic the patient is looking for.
The greatest advantage of composite veneers is that it is an additive process that is reversible and can be removed and replaced as needed. Beautiful natural aesthetics can be achieved in the right hands. Aesthetic dentistry is not for all dentists and involves extreme attention to detail. When accomplished properly no one should know you had the treatment.
Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers in general, but considering that they do not last as long and need replacing more often they could end up costing more in the long run.
The disadvantage of Composite Veneers are they are more prone to staining and do not last as long as porcelain veneers which also offer more a natural looking, translucent tooth-like appearance.
The most popular type of veneers are porcelain, which offer a stronger and more durable alternative to its composite counterpart. Porcelain veneers are usually more aesthetic in terms of the spectrum of colour, realism and translucency because they are made in a lab out of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are also more of a long-term solution than bonding, as they do not stain, discolour, and are stronger than bonding.
As it requires few appointments and involves a Lab fees, it normally incur more fees than Composite veneers.
Composite resin is an artificial material, essentially a type of plastic, whereas porcelain is an organic natural glass material. Over time, composite veneers can become dull, stained, and worn because they lack the durable coloration, shine, and structure that porcelain provides.
Porcelain can closely mimic the look of natural tooth material. The handmade ceramic layering techniques that Dr. Castro’s ceramist uses in the laboratory create exquisite porcelain veneers. This highly controlled fabrication process also allows for consistency, symmetry, and optimal coloration among the veneers.
Composite resin, on the other hand, is a liquid plastic material that is layered directly onto each tooth, shaped, and buffed. This process is very challenging to master, and it is difficult to create great-looking results unless your dentist is incredibly skilled in this method. Furthermore, composite material does not resemble tooth material as closely as porcelain, and the aesthetics degrade relatively quickly.
The strength and structural characteristics of porcelain allow the veneers to be made ultra-thin and retain a smooth surface over time. Comparatively, composite veneers can often feel thick and rough. The majority of patients say their porcelain veneers feel virtually indistinguishable from their natural teeth.
While composite veneers can be completed within the span of one visit, custom porcelain veneers require two visits to your cosmetic dentist. In the long-run, however, high-quality porcelain veneers will require significantly fewer maintenance visits than composite veneers.
With proper fabrication, placement, hygiene, and protection, durable porcelain veneers should last for decades. Dr. Castro provides each of his porcelain veneers patients with a custom night guard to protect their veneers during sleep. Composite veneers, on the other hand, require replacement every few years.
Top-quality composite veneers may be half as much or a third of the cost of porcelain veneers; however, if you are looking to make a lasting investment in your smile, porcelain veneers are the superior choice. Over time, the maintenance and replacement costs that can accumulate with composite veneers make a good case for the long-term affordability and value of porcelain veneers.
While composite veneers can provide a quick, temporary cosmetic fix for chipped, damaged, gapped, or discoloured teeth, high-quality porcelain veneers are always the right choice when you desire natural-looking, long-lasting results.
Direct dental bonding pertains to the restoration of a damaged tooth with composite resin. Composite is a tooth-coloured filling material. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, refer to the thin shell of translucent ceramic made to fit the front surface of a tooth. The placement of either a composite or porcelain veneer can dramatically enhance the appearance of a patient’s smile.
Restoration with bonded composite is a quicker, less invasive method of restoring damaged teeth. It is cheaper than porcelain veneers although it is less resistant and generally does not last as long. Other differences between the two include the cost as well as the length of time needed to finish the restoration.
For dental teeth bonding, the dentist will first remove the decayed or damaged portions of the tooth. The reduction will be very minimal. Once done, a bonding agent will be applied on the prepared tooth surface. Then, the actual composite filling will be fused to the tooth structure through the action of the bonding material. A curing light will be used to harden the filling. Afterwards, it will be trimmed and polished to blend naturally to the entire tooth.
Much like dental bonding, porcelain veneers are also fused to the tooth structure. The only difference is instead of using composite (plastic), ceramic (glass) is used. Also, the amount of tooth reduction is much greater. The dentist will have to remove structure about 0.5mm on in the entire front surface of the tooth in order to accommodate the veneer.
Dental bonding procedures are performed entirely in a dental clinic. With porcelain veneers the tooth preparation and placement of the restoration for porcelain veneers are performed in the dental clinic. The actual veneer is fabricated in a laboratory by a dental technician.
The porcelain veneers produced by dental laboratories mimic the natural teeth. Technicians utilize layers of porcelain in different shades to get the best aesthetic possible. That is very difficult to do with dental bonding. Even though dentists use different colours of composite to copy the natural shade of the tooth, the results are not as good.
Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both typically used to manage gaps between teeth, chips/fractures, and misshapen teeth. Tooth bonding is used in small gaps while porcelain veneers are for much larger gaps. Chipped teeth can also be managed using these restorative techniques depending on the size or extent of the damage. Porcelain is much stronger than composite. A fully-cured composite is rock-hard, but is nowhere near as hard as porcelain. That is why porcelain veneers are recommended for cases of extensive damage. Dental veneers can also be used to change the overall colour of the patient’s smile as well as the inclinations and positions of the front teeth.
Patients should note that porcelain has a much more abrasive compared to a natural tooth structure. They need to be very careful when biting, especially if the veneer opposes a natural tooth, because porcelain can wear the tooth enamel faster than an opposing natural tooth.
For kids, dentists typically like to stick to dental bonding mainly because it is less invasive and anaesthesia is not necessary most of the time. More importantly, kids are growing and so is their bone structure. Many things change over time and the last thing parents need is to spend a lot of money for veneers on someone that is still growing. When they reach adulthood, the veneers may not look as good and need to be redone.
Furthermore, the oral hygiene habits of a kid are not as good as an adult and the veneer may fail because of that. Porcelain veneers are an investment and a person wants to make sure they last for as long as possible.
Composite bonding can cost anywhere from $350 to $600. Obviously, the repair of small damages is cheaper while teeth that require greater coverage will cost more. The price is also dependent on the cosmetic complexity of the case.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, can cost anywhere from $700 to $2,200. One factor for the variation in price is the laboratory where the veneers are made. High-quality labs charge three times as much as an average lab and that is reflected in the price that the dentist charges the patient. These labs usually have good-quality porcelain and a very skillful ceramic artist. The veneer is only going to look as good as the artist who made it. So for a really talented ceramist, dentists usually go for a high-end laboratory.
Patients usually think that doing porcelain veneers hurts. It does not. Usually, there is some discomfort but it is nothing that cannot be managed by administering local anesthesia. Most dentists use anaesthetics when doing veneers. If the patient is afraid of needles, there is always some topical anaesthesia that can be used before the injection. Once the topical is applied, the tissues get numb and the patient will not feel the needle. Dental bonding produces no discomfort to the patient.
Another misconception is how long dental bonding and porcelain veneers last. Patients seem divided on whether dental bonding lasts longer or if porcelain veneers last longer. On average, dental bonding lasts for a good five to seven years while dental veneers last for 15 years or more. They can last even longer as long as they are properly maintained. That is where another misconception comes in. If a dentist tells patients that porcelain veneers will last for 15 years, they think the veneers will just fall off after 15 years. That is not the case. Veneers do not come off for any reason. They get removed either because they fractured or there is leakage and recurrent decay underneath.
Dental bonding or porcelain veneers may not be recommended with patients who have problems with their occlusion (bite). If the patient’s occlusion has been traumatized either because their teeth do not line up or they have a habit like teeth grinding, neither dental bonding nor porcelain veneers may be suitable for them. The composite or porcelain will only fracture if placed in a traumatic environment. Composite wears easily while porcelain is brittle.
An alternative to both dental bonding and porcelain veneers is a dental implant. It is much stronger because it uses the bone as an anchor. However, it requires the removal of the entire tooth. The dentist will extract the tooth and replace it with an implant. A bridge may also be done to replace the extracted tooth but an implant is recommended more often, especially for the anterior teeth. The final choice depends on the patient’s case and his/her budget. Dental implants are more expensive than dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and fixed bridges.
Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining. They do not change colour over time. The patient’s teeth will get darker but the restorations will not. That is why patients who are planning to undergo teeth whitening are advised to do so first before getting their restorations. That way, the shade of the composite or porcelain will be matched to their already-whitened teeth.
Dental bonding lasts for an average of 5 to 7 years while porcelain veneers last 10 to 15 years. They might even last a lifetime as long as they were done properly and the patient does an excellent job of maintaining them.
The most common ones you may have heard mentioned are:
It is true, not all veneers are created equal. The translucence (the way light shines through the porcelain into the tooth) is very important and the ceramist’s ability to produce an natural appearance is key.
These new minimal or no prep veneers have become more popular in recent times due to cosmetic TV shows like ‘Extreme Makeover’ and the millions of dollars these companies spend on marketing. You will often see on the advertising a finger holding a contact lens and one holding a veneer- demonstrating how thin these veneers really are.
They are an alternative to the standard porcelain veneers or composite bonding but cases must be carefully selected and many situations will not lend themselves well to this type of veneer. Your dentist will advise you if you are suitable.
They are very thin and therefore take the colour of the underlying tooth somewhat, unless an opaque (masking cement) is used and then the way the light reflects will be slightly different.
Their main advantage is that the dentist doesn’t need to grind away any tooth or just a small amount compared to standard porcelain veneers. Because of this, the nerve in the tooth is less traumatized, you get less sensitivity and you may not need anaesthetic or even temporaries.
Sounds great… right? Well as I have said before, it is all about selecting suitable cases. If your teeth are quite crooked or discoloured then it would be very difficult to achieve a great result without transforming the preparation to a more traditional veneer.
Does this make them reversible? Well- it will make them more reversible than traditional veneers by preserving the maximum amount of enamel but if one veneer fails, and you decide you want to take the rest off- that’s not very realistic.
Minimal prep veneer cases must be selected carefully and this type of treatment is not suitable for very crooked or heavily discoloured teeth.
Possible situations in which they may be used:
After you initial Consultation, we will be able to advise/recommend the most suitable treatment for you- taking into account your particular teeth, oral health, desired outcome and financial situation.
Address veneers biggest downside- the drilling away bit of your natural tooth.
These types of veneers have the following benefits:
Veneers are put on to last (like any restoration that isn’t a temporary one) and so we use the strongest cements to attach them. If a veneer chips or fractures and part still remains on the tooth, it will most often have to be drilled away to remove it. Drilling off a veneer is not an exact science and invariably you will end up removing a little more tooth with the cement in the process. So you will end up, not back at square one, but in a slightly worse position than when you started. It’s for this reason, that I would be very hesitant to use the word ‘reversible’ and consider it more marketing than reality.
The only truly reversible procedure is the ‘snap-on smile’ type veneers. Even bonding composite onto your teeth with no preparation is only fully reversible when all the bond fails and it falls off- otherwise you are back to having to cut it off again and risk taking away a little of the tooth underneath in the process.
All veneers are best finished in enamel, as this provides the most predictable bond. Other factors as below:
1. The preparation of tooth/teeth– The right technique of preparing the incisal edge (tip) of your tooth for the veneer is important. We can prepare the tooth depending on the strength of the tooth and aesthetics required.
2. A tooth/teeth that are out of position also require more preparation before placing the veneer. However, if the tooth is far back, the preparation may be minimal and the thickness of the veneer simply increased.
3. Veneer placement– The type of bond/cement used, the quality of the cementation, and the bonding procedure is also crucial to the strength of the dental veneer. This protects the veneer and the tooth from any contamination that can weaken it.
4. Your oral hygiene– It is important to maintain consistent good oral hygiene. Poor teeth care and hygiene can lead to decay around the veneers as well as increase the risk of gum disease problems.
5. Your diet– Staining foods and heavy smoking can discolour your veneers. Generally, composite veneers stain considerably more than porcelain veneers.
6. Your habits– Some habits can increase the chance of chipping or fracturing your veneers. Avoid habits like chewing ice, pencils, nails, grinding your teeth, etc.
7. Dental check-up– Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help to protect your natural teeth and improve the veneers durability.
There can be situations where certain teeth, or even certain people, are not good candidates for this procedure. Some areas of concern are:
Teeth that have lost a significant amount of structure due to wear, decay or fracture, and those that have large fillings don’t make good candidates for porcelain laminates.
That’s because veneers do not strengthen teeth, they only improve their appearance. And as mentioned above, if the tooth on which one has been placed is not rigid enough to prevent flexure, it may ultimately crack or break.
In this type of situation, dental crown placement makes the more appropriate choice.
A porcelain veneer won’t stay in place well unless it’s primarily bonded to tooth enamel. Here’s why.
Some teeth may have little or no enamel remaining on their front surface due to:
1) Tooth wear or trauma.
2) The placement of previous dental restorations.
3) Erosion – Tooth wear caused by an exposure to acidic foods and beverages, regurgitation of gastric acid, etc…
If so, they don’t make good candidates. A dental crown would make the more appropriate choice for these teeth.
People who clench and grind their teeth (referred to as bruxism by dentists), or have a bite where their front teeth come together edge-to-edge, don’t make good candidates for porcelain veneers.
The level of forces generated by these conditions can be substantial and can cause laminates to chip, break or debond.
As a measure against fracture, construction using a comparatively stronger type of “porcelain” can help (such as: aluminium oxide, lithium disilicate, zirconia). The trade-off is that restorations made using these ceramics characteristically have a comparatively less lifelike appearance
There is no definite answer to this question. Instead, there are several variables that influence how long your veneers last and how long they look good. Porcelain veneers tend to last and retain their appearance longer. Around the 10-year mark, problems may begin to occur, though there is a chance they will last much longer.
Generally, no, though you may feel some soreness around the gum or even a little sensitivity. However, within a couple of days, everything should be back to normal. If you do experience problems or severe pain, make an appointment with us ASAP.
As with all medical procedures, there are risks associated with porcelain veneers, though they are quite rare and minor. They include:
Due to the removal of enamel, permanent tooth sensitivity, especially to cold or hot temperatures, is the biggest risk. If sensitivity lasts for longer than 3 to 6 months, this could indicate an underlying problem, such as leaking dental cement or the exposure of a nerve.
When removing enamel, there is the slight potential for underlying dental damage. On the other hand, a veneer that does not fit properly can change your bite’s alignment, which can result in pain when eating, dental sensitivity, or jaw pain and bruxism.
Although they tend to last for years, if not decades, veneers will eventually need to be replaced. This requires a second round of enamel removal. If you had extensive erosion prior to your first removal, there may not be enough left for a second set of veneers. Instead, you will need to consider a different restoration process, such as a dental crown or cosmetic bonding. When you are discussing your first set of veneers, you should go ahead and inquire about future replacement possibilities.
While dental veneers are considered a safe dental procedure, you can do things to reduce your potential for risks even further. This begins with choosing a well-qualified cosmetic dentist. To do this, it is a good idea to read reviews from past patients. In addition, if sensitivity or the permanence of veneers is a serious concern, you may want to consider no-prep veneers, which require less enamel removal. However, it is worth noting that some dental experts believe no-prep veneers simply do not have the natural look of traditional veneers.
If you aren’t 100% sure dental veneers are right for you, you may want to consider composite tooth bonding or removable appliances such as Snap on Smile. You can discuss your options in detail with us during your consultation.
Whether you have a nearly flawless smile that is free from cavities and is pearly white, or you have a smile that can use some improvement, a chipped or cracked tooth can be frustrating and upsetting. Oftentimes a fractured tooth occurs following a trip, fall, or some type of accident, and can immediately make it embarrassing to smile without covering your mouth.
Fortunately, chips, cracks, and other kinds of minor tooth damage can be repaired using porcelain veneers to provide an attractive and realistic restoration.
When you visit our office, we will conduct a full examination of your damaged tooth, along with the surrounding teeth, your jaw, and other areas that may have been affected. If you damaged your tooth in an accident or fall, we want to ensure that none of the adjacent teeth have been loosened or fractured. Once it has been determined that the primary cause of damage is to the single tooth, we will discuss your treatment options. A chipped tooth can be repaired with:
Layers of tooth-colored resin will be applied directly to the front of the tooth and then hardened using a curing light. The front of the tooth will then be polished, so that it has the natural look and feel that you are used to. Dental bonding is used primarily for a minor chip or crack that has not affected the overall integrity of the tooth.
For a more severe crack that has affected a larger portion of the tooth, or has left more than a single tooth damaged, porcelain veneers provide a comprehensive solution that looks and feels like your natural smile. The thin porcelain shells are custom-crafted in a dental laboratory to ensure the most precise fit, and then applied directly to the tooth’s surface.
Part of the tooth enamel – on the front side of the tooth – is grinded to create room to bond the veneer. Veneers can be placed on one or multiple teeth, with proper customization for each damaged tooth to create a uniform look.
Porcelain veneers are recommended for different types of tooth damage, including craze lines. These refer to shallow cracks on the surface of tooth enamel that don’t cause any pain, but can affect your smile.
Having teeth that are short because of wearing can be very worrying and make you anxious about the look of your smile. For some having small teeth that make you look like you are all gums when you smile is considered ugly and something to be ashamed of.
Today there are a number of treatment options that will give you longer teeth and a beautiful smile.
Whatever the cause of your unusually small teeth, we offer several cosmetic dentistry options to improve your appearance and the proportions of your smile.
Porcelain veneers is one of the most common options to enhance a small grin, these porcelain shells will attach to the front of your teeth. They will be custom-made just for you, and the material is incredibly strong. Therefore, they can be a great way to elongate the teeth that show when you smile.
Do you have noticeable white spots on your teeth that take away from your otherwise beautiful smile?
These white spots on your teeth have several causes. They typically appear when people are younger if they consume excessive amounts of fluoride as a child and are referred to as dental fluorosis. Although they’re undesirable, they’re usually harmless and begin forming before the teeth even grow in. The other cause of this condition is enamel hypoplasia, which occurs when the enamel on teeth doesn’t form properly. Like dental fluorosis, hypoplasia also forms while children’s teeth are still developing. However, the difference is that this condition can put you at a higher risk of experiencing oral health problems like cavities.
The white spots can also result from poor oral hygiene, especially if you have oral appliances like braces or eat excessive amounts of acidic and sugary foods. Luckily, your cosmetic dentist offers different treatments to help improve the look of your smile.
There are a few different treatment options to rid your smile of those undesirable white spots. Depending on the cause of them, your cosmetic dentist may recommend a certain procedure. Some possible solutions include:
Placing porcelain veneers is one of the most effective ways to cover up the defects on your teeth and brighten your smile. The procedure requires the dentist to grind away less than 1 mm of the tooth structure to create room to bond the veneers.
Considering the permanent nature of the treatment, as well as the fairly high cost, veneers are mostly recommended for clients with fully developed adult teeth. These porcelain pieces can adhere to your teeth for decades, hiding deep fluoride stains and giving you a healthy and natural looking smile.
Porcelain veneers can greatly improve your smile and self-esteem, and restore your natural tooth’s function. Because veneers are individually sculpted for each person, it is almost impossible to see the difference between a veneer and your natural tooth.
When tetracycline was first introduced as a new antibiotic option in the early 1950s, it was greeted with lots of fanfare. It was great to have a new antibiotic option for doctors to use with patients, especially if a patient reacted to other antibiotics. Unfortunately, tetracycline almost immediately started to show of pattern of staining teeth. The first case of reported tooth discoloration in children occurred in 1956. Before the link could be made many, many other children had stained teeth over the following decade.
Tetracycline stains do not cause any harm to your teeth, but their dark colour can affect your smile and self-confidence. The discoloration usually occurs when antibiotics are prescribed at a young age – between 3 and 10 years – when the teeth are still developing.
The staining occurs inside the tooth, such that its least visible on the surface of tooth enamel, but gets darker towards the pulp. With the placement of porcelain veneers, the dentist must first grind away part of the tooth enamel to create room to bond the veneers. Unfortunately, this also makes the discoloration more visible and harder to hide with veneers.
In some cases, tetracycline staining can be removed with ultra professional power bleach. However, often times, the staining is too deep or the bleaching only works for a short time. When staining is too dark or too severe for bleaching, more conventional methods are used.
Veneers, because of their reputation, are often sought after to correct tetracycline staining. However, for severe cases, the veneer being so thin, extremely dark stain might show through. When the stain is that dark, slightly more tooth structure must be removed to give enough room for the porcelain to block out the stain.
Porcelain veneers can greatly improve your smile and self-esteem, and restore your natural tooth’s function. Because veneers are individually sculpted for each person, it is almost impossible to see the difference between a veneer and your natural tooth.
The process of placing veneers is very time consuming and must be done prudently. Therefore, the cost will also be based on labour for installing the veneers. During the procedure, the dentist will trim or shave the enamel of the natural teeth so they are not too thick once the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The dentist must be vigilant when preparing the teeth since only about 1/50th of an inch should be removed. After the shape is perfected, the dentist will use the chosen shade of dental cement to bond the porcelain veneers to the surface of the teeth. A special light is used to cure the cement and set the veneers in place. The veneers will look like the natural teeth and should be durable as long as the patient follows the dentist’s recommendations. If the veneer breaks or de-bonds, it may be reattached or a new one may need to be fabricated.
Cosmetic dental patients do not usually know the difference between caps and veneers. Both caps, commonly known as dental crowns, and porcelain veneers can restore teeth with imperfections or that are damaged. Dr. Castro uses both caps and porcelain veneers to correct teeth damaged due to decay, are fractured, are stained or discolored, and more. People will have a difficult time telling that you are wearing either caps or porcelain veneers.
Caps have traditionally been used to fix damaged teeth, but porcelain veneers are becoming more popular as the technology continues to advance. They may even be preferable in some cases. However, the decision on using caps or porcelain veneers depends on the amount of damage to the tooth, how your bite is, as well as your general oral health.
Some of the differences between caps and veneers are:
Should you damage of lose one of the porcelain veneers placed by Dr Castro, you will simply return to our office to have it replaced. If the tooth has not been damaged, Dr. Castro may be able to simply order a new veneer from our dental lab partners. However, if the tooth has changed in size or shape, Dr. Castro may need to make a new impression for the creation of a replacement veneer. The best solution for your smile will be based on your unique needs.
To prevent damaging your porcelain veneers it is best to avoid chewing on hard substances such as candies or ice. You should also try to avoid grinding your teeth as this can make veneers more prone to damage.
Use a toothpaste that is designed for veneers to avoid scratching or chipping them. Also be sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid unnecessary abrasion. Do not use a mouthwash with alcohol.
Alcohol and other astringents can loosen the bonding that holds your veneers in place, making them more likely to fall out and become lost.
During your porcelain veneers consultation with Dr. Castro , all of these things will be discussed with you in full.
Porcelain veneers are an investment in your smile. As one of the most prominent features of your face, the appearance of your teeth has an impact on nearly every aspect of your life. From better opportunities at work to being perceived as more trustworthy, your smile conveys hidden messages to everyone you interact with. This makes the costs associated with its perfection well worth it in the long run
Veneers have the power to make a person look younger, happier, healthier, wealthier, and simply the best version of themselves. Even when you have bedhead, aren’t wearing makeup, or are dressed in sweats, you will look pulled together thanks to your beautiful teeth. Veneers can turn anyone into a VIP, no questions asked.
Not only do veneers transform appearance, they transform self-worth. Getting rid of the cracks, chips, gaps, or stains means you will no longer have flaws in your smile to be self-conscious about. You won’t worry about what your teeth look like while you speak or eat or smile. This boost to your self-esteem is powerful in every area of your life.
No matter what line of work you’re in, looking your best is important for how others perceive you, whether clients, colleagues, customers, or students. When you know you look good and believe you look good, you have the confidence to speak up, go after the things you want, and stand out unselfconsciously.
The benefits of a porcelain veneers smile makeover are many, and they will reverberate throughout your life. A new smile means freedom from the bonds of a broken-down smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is elective and, as such, not covered all by insurance. However, we don’t want finances to be a barrier to your happiness. To help our patients achieve the attractive smiles they deserve, we accept several payment options, including Zipmoney, Carecredit, OpenSmile for our cosmetic dentistry services.
If you’re ready to invest in a smile makeover using porcelain veneers, schedule your consultation with us. Discuss the logistics of the procedure and your financial options. A new smile is possible for you – allow our office to help you make it happen.
Many people have porcelain veneers. It is a popular choice for correcting many imperfections the teeth often have. However, there are many people who find that their porcelain veneers are not the smile solution they thought they would be.
Some problems people have had with porcelain veneers include:
There are reasons these problems occur. Bulky veneers could be the result of the lab making them too thick or the dentist not reducing the tooth enough. Veneers that fall off or show discoloration were probably not bonded correctly.
Placing porcelain veneers is a delicate and technically sensitive procedure. There are some cosmetic dentists who may not have the skill necessary to consistently place porcelain veneers well, or the lab these dentists use may not be very good. We can replace and correct bad veneers.
Correcting bad porcelain veneers is a matter of removing the bad veneers and replacing them. Making sure they are bonded correctly and are the right size and shape is important.
You should not have to wear bad veneers at all. If you would like your bad veneers corrected, please our office for an initial consultation.
There’s no worse feeling than coming to the realization that you have damaged something as permanent as a tooth. As everlasting as we believe our teeth to be, things do happen. The important thing to remember is that in the event of a cracked or chipped tooth, a gapped smile, or even decayed, amalgam-filled, disproportioned teeth, all can be rectified thanks to direct composite dental bonding in our Dental Clinic in Melbourne
As one options of cosmetic dentistry procedures, direct composite Dental bonding is versatile, correcting any number of problems with your smile. Utilizing a putty-like material that can be shaped and formed in whichever way necessary, direct composite dental bonding is cemented or bonded to the tooths visible surface; the application hidden to the naked eye given the ability of our cosmetic dentist to match said bonding to the color of your entire set of teeth. The end result is a beautiful smile!
Dental bonding is the application of a strong, natural-looking resin onto the surface of damaged teeth. Whether your teeth are stained, cracked or mildly misaligned, cosmetic dental bonding can often be used to quickly restore a beautiful smile. The bonding materials act as a replacement for missing enamel and dentin, providing durable protection and enhancement for your teeth. We matches the composite resin to the rest of your teeth to seamlessly blend in and cover any imperfections. Before you know it, you can have the smile you’ve been waiting for!
If you’re looking for a quick yet effective fix for minor dental problems, consider the benefits of dental bonding:
The procedure is an extremely versatile solution for improving the look of your smile. In your initial dental exam, we will highlight how the dental bonding procedure can achieve your goals.
Once an approach is established for reaching your desired results, we will begin the procedure. The surface of your damaged teeth are first prepared with a solution, creating an area ideal for bonding. After the material is color blended to match the rest of your teeth, we layers and sculpts it on the prepared teeth. Once in place, the resin is hardened under a special light for lasting results. Finally, we buffs the dental bonding material to reveal a shining, natural-looking new smile.
Dental bonding is most often used for minor imperfections of teeth. The most common way dental bonding is used is to fix a chipped or cracked tooth. The dental bonding resin rebuilds the damaged tooth, and seamlessly restores the patient’s smile to its natural state. Before recommending the procedure, we gives a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth and determines the type of bonding to use. Patients who are eligible for dental bonding can expect a swift and painless procedure.
Bonding is an alternative to veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discoloured or misarranged.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.
Here are the detailed pros and cons of bonding versus veneers, crowns and similar options – all of which you should discuss with your dentist to determine whether the treatment is right for you.
Dental bonding is a great option if you have minor flaws affecting your front teeth. It can be an economical solution for issues such as stained or chipped teeth and is less expensive than porcelain veneers.
Dental bonding is ideal because:
Any of these teeth bonding disadvantages can be a deal-breaker. If you find that the drawbacks of dental bonding do outweigh the positives, you can always consider other options. A dental crown or Porcelain Veneer is a great choice in the event that a broken tooth needs to be fully restored, or if a tooth has a cavity that is too large to correct with a filling. Your main concern may even be correcting discolored teeth or changing the shape or alignment of slightly crooked teeth, in which case veneers are also a good solution. Veneers are typically made of porcelain and are attached to the front of your teeth.
Choosing between dental bonding and other restorative options is often a matter of cost and convenience. Whereas bonding is more delicate than a crown or set of veneers, it’s also a lot of less expensive. You typically need just a single appointment for bonding, and the process usually takes less than one hour per tooth. In contrast, veneers and crowns cost more upfront and often require multiple trips to the dentist. The trade-off is that they will withstand stains and hard objects much more easily, allowing them to last a lot longer than your typical composite resin.
Dental bonding is more prone to staining and chipping unlike other treatments. That is why basic aftercare is needed so you can keep your bonded teeth looking natural and glossy. Here are some tips to keep your bonded teeth in good condition:
Before you decide on bonding, be sure to choose a dentist who is experienced with the procedure, as dental bonding requires some artistic skill to get optimal cosmetic results. Feel free to ask for “before and after” images of previous patients of your dentist who have undergone dental bonding.
If you notice any sharp edges on your bonded teeth or if they feel strange when you bite down, call your dentist. Bonded teeth can be repaired or reworked if necessary.
The bonding treatment is not suitable in every situation but it can be a quick, painless and affordable way to enhance your smile. When you feel good about the appearance of your teeth, it can help you maintain good oral health and focus on keeping your mouth overall healthy.