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What Dental Veneers Are and How They Work

June 19, 2022
Posted By: BMB Dental Clinic
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If you were to describe the Australian attitude, you'd be true blue if you included the words' friendly' and 'easy-going'. Of course, we also appreciate this sentiment in our friends and neighbours in Mona Vale, NSW, a feeling that we'll always be greeted with a kind word and an easy smile. After all, it's part of our national character.

But if current national surveys are on target, our Aussie smiles may not be as easy as they once were. In fact, a study commissioned by the Extra Oral Healthcare Program for World Oral Health Day found that nearly seven in ten Australians lack confidence in their smiles. The most common reason cited for this reluctance was a concern about stained and yellow teeth.

The BMB Dental Clinic team is here to restore the Australian smile with numerous cosmetic dental services, each tailored to a particular tooth problem. One of the premier restorations for the most visible parts of your smile is dental veneers. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is among the most attractive and versatile tooth restorations available, which you can only appreciate when you know what dental veneers are and how they work.

Dental Veneer Treatments Are Careful Concealers

A dental veneer is a precision-crafted shell composed of thin porcelain layers that have been perfected over the years to resemble your natural tooth surfaces, but with many advantages.

First, porcelain is dense and non-porous, so it will resist staining and wear. Your dental veneer will never suffer tooth decay, nor is it susceptible to cavities. If you keep it clean and safe, it will sparkle for many years, up to a decade or even longer.

The Numerous Tooth Flaws Porcelain Veneers Can Correct

When you smile, six to eight teeth on each arch are highly visible, making them the most likely candidates for dental veneers. One of the best things about this type of tooth restoration is its versatility – porcelain veneers can fix such a wide variety of flaws, among them, being:

  • Tooth chips or fractures
  • An unevenly worn tooth
  • Weirdly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth with large, visible fillings
  • Excessive tooth enamel wear

Along with these conditions, dental veneers also are effective for resolving tooth stains. Many agents are known to discolour teeth, and stains may accumulate on a tooth's outer surface or may result from problems beneath your tooth surfaces. Either way, a dental veneer hides most tooth stains behind a new, attractive shell.

Our Dental Veneer Placement Procedure in Mona Vale, NSW

Dr Babak Moharrami and his dental team will start with an examination to assess your current dental conditions and ensure that your teeth are healthy enough to support dental veneers. Next, we can discuss your smile goals and determine that dental veneers are a better choice than similar cosmetic dental procedures like teeth whitening or composite-based restorations.

The next step is where our team makes an impression of your tooth surfaces so that your veneer fits well and measures your tooth colour for a perfect match. In some cases, Dr Moharrami may prepare your tooth surface so that your veneer looks and feels like a seamless part of your smile. This impression is what we send to a local dental lab, where they create your veneer from the best quality ceramics available.

After a week or two, when your finished porcelain veneer arrives back from the lab, you will return to our Mona Vale dental clinic so that Dr Moharrami may fine-tune your restoration before permanently cementing it in place. The final step is to polish your veneer for that extra sparkle.

Tips and Facts You Should Know About Dental Veneers

One thing to be aware of about dental veneers is that their colour is fixed when produced in the lab. Because that tone won't change, we recommend that we perform a thorough dental clean before creating your veneer. Also, you should consider our Zoom! Professional teeth whitening treatment so that your surrounding teeth look their best before we establish your dental veneer.

Also, your dental veneer's longevity is directly proportional to how well you care for it. Here are some care tips we recommend you follow:

  • Avoid any abrasive toothpaste and only use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Refrain from chewing ice or hard candy, which can damage the porcelain
  • If you grind your teeth, ask Dr Moharrami about a night guard for protection
  • Maintain regular exams and cleans to keep your dental veneers plaque-free

Your Mona Vale Cosmetic Dentist Can Help Enhance Your Smile

Part of the BMB Dental Clinic's mission is to keep our Australian smiles bright, white, and inviting. So if you are interested in achieving a new smile, complete with teeth restored by high-quality porcelain veneers, we invite you to contact our Mona Vale dental clinic to learn more.