This is Jaydan. He had 10 porcelain veneers made through DSD (Digital smile design).

As you can see for yourself, it’s an amazing result.

We love making Manly Smile 🙂

Why Get Dental Veneers?

If your teeth are chipped, worn, discoloured or gapped, dental veneers are a great option to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth and give you a symmetric, glowing and natural-looking smile.

What are the different types of dental veneers?

The two most common materials used in the dental veneers process are porcelain and composite resin. To find out which type is most suited to your specific needs, let’s look at the differences between the two.

Porcelain

Porcelain dental veneers are wafer-thin shells bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to enhance their appearance, colour, size, shape or alignment. Compared to composite resin, porcelain veneers differ in terms of:

  • Durability and less maintenance – Porcelain is a much stronger material and if maintained well, can last 10-15 years, being resistant to chipping, wearing and staining. Meanwhile, composite resin lasts an average of 5-7 years, and because of their porous quality, stains more easily.
  • A natural tooth-like appearance – Porcelain dental veneers resemble natural tooth enamel due to their translucency. Composite veneers are a viable alternative but needs to polished to achieve the same natural tooth-like aesthetics.
  • Longer treatment time – The dental veneers process for porcelain takes longer, requiring you to wear temporary restorations while you wait for your dental veneers to be moulded and sculpted by the dentist. However, modern CAD/CAM technologies are speeding up the process, and even allow veneers to be developed on site of the procedure.

Composite Resin

Composite dental veneers are made of a combination of materials including ceramic, silica, quartz and fine glass particles that are mixed to a paste-like consistency. This is applied layer by layer to your teeth, achieving the same natural shade. They differ from porcelain in terms of:

  • Lower cost – Composite resin are much cheaper than porcelain veneers, which can be twice as expensive. Composite dental veneers cost $480-550 for a single tooth on average while porcelain reaches $1200-1300. They can also be installed within two sessions following the initial consultation.
  • Procedure – Composite bonding is different from porcelain bonding in that they are less invasive, and can be fabricated while you wait, shortening the treatment period. Compared to porcelain veneers, which are milled in a separate lab, composite resin is directly sculpted on your teeth, hardened with intense light, and layered to achieve the desired outcome of natural-looking enamel.
  • Reversibility – Composites usually require only minor reshaping of your teeth to fit the veneer, and do not permanently alter them. Composite resin can be repaired or removed without damage to your tooth, while allowing for further treatment.

How does the dental veneers process work?

While composites usually need only one appointment, the porcelain dental veneer process has a few more steps:

  1. Initial consultation – Your dentist will discuss if dental veneers are appropriate for you, the procedure and its limitations, and make X-rays.
  2. Preparation – To prepare your tooth for the veneer, your dentist will then trim half a millimetre of your tooth enamel before making a mould or impression of your tooth. This is sent to a dental lab which takes 2-4 weeks to construct and deliver your veneer.
  3. Bonding – Your dentist checks the fit and colour of your veneer when it arrives, making the necessary adjustments. Before it is permanently placed to your teeth, he or she cleans and roughens your tooth surface so as to allow for a strong bonding process. The veneer is attached to your tooth with a special cement and activated with ultraviolet light to be hardened quickly.
  4. Final installation – After a few weeks, you may be inclined to pursue a follow-up visit to your dentist so he or she can check the veneer’s placement and your oral wellbeing.

Improve your smile today

At Sydney Road Dental Care, your smile is our greatest priority. A smile means more than polished and straightened teeth – it means having the carefree confidence to live your life authentically and intentionally.

For more information on Dental Veneers Manly, visit our website at: https://sydneyroaddentalcare.com.au/services/dental-veneers/ or make an appointment today.