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Dental Veneers

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Veneers are ideal for anyone who isn’t happy with their smile. These thin tooth coverings can conceal an array of imperfections such as tooth discolouration, shape variations and more. Veneers represent a quick way to fix your smile if you don’t want to straighten your teeth using braces or aligners that may take up to two years. They are generally used on the top front 6-8 teeth.

A Simple Solution for a Stunning Smile

An extremely thin piece of porcelain can be affixed to your front teeth to give you an aligned, sensational look. Veneers are a conservative way to improve your smile by a drastic amount. The veneer materials we offer include

• Porcelain
• Zirconia
• Glass
• Composite (plastic)

The material that’s right for you depends on what your expectations are. Our dentists are happy to discuss what is most appropriate for your particular case.

What to Expect

The First Appointment

At your first appointment, we will collect all your records and take pictures and molds of your teeth. Your dentist will perform a detailed exam of your gums, teeth and bone, and assess your occlusion (bite). Once we have all the records we will have you visit our ceramist at a local lab who will create a 3D design of your smile and make a wax trial of what your teeth will look like with ceramic veneers on.

Test Driving Your Veneers

If you’re happy with how your veneers look, we can use that wax trial to make temporary plastic veneers, and we can put them on for a week or two. This test drive also will allow us to determine if the veneers affect your speech.

We can make any adjustments such as lengthening a tooth to ensure you are completely satisfied. If you are pleased with how your veneers look we can then proceed to preparing your teeth and then take molds to send them to the local lab where they will be used to fabricate your veneers by hand. The world-class lab is only a 5 minute walk from the practice.

You don’t need a trial phase with composite Veneers, however, you can opt for it at an additional cost. The trial phase is most beneficial when you’re going to be removing tooth structure (ceramic/porcelain veneers). With composite you’re not taking away any tooth structure so we can have them fabricated for you straightaway. It’s always safer, however, to go for a trial first.

Application of Your Veneers

We will have you return to have your veneers bonded to your teeth.

FAQ

What are the advantages and disadvantages of ceramic or porcelain veneers?

They change the smile or appearance of a person’s teeth with minimal prepping. Ceramic veneers have a much better resistance to fracture and they hold the colour longer than composite veneers.
One disadvantage of ceramic veneers is they do require some removal of tooth structure. You have to remove about 0.3 millimetres from the front of the tooth and can go up to 1-1.2 millimetres of reduction.
Ceramic veneers also cost more than composite ones at about $1200 per tooth.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of composite veneers?

With these veneers, no tooth structure needs to be removed. You just add them on to the current teeth. Composite veneers are also less expensive than porcelain ones at about $750 per tooth. These veneers can be done in a single visit.

How long will my veneers last?

Ceramic veneers last between 7-15 years but you likely will need new ones after 10 years.

Is the procedure painful?

Not at all. We find that any nervousness arises due to lack of information and preconceived notions that patients would have about the procedure. You will be numbed ahead of time, and if you have severe anxiety, we can provide nitrous oxide.

Does insurance cover veneers?

Many health funds cover veneers but it depends on the level of cover you have and your particular health fund.

I don’t have insurance. Do you offer any payment plans?

Yes; we offer My Smile Plan and MediPay, which allow you to finance your veneers affordably.
If you’d like to transform your smile with veneers, contact Fortitude Valley Dentist today to schedule a consultation!

Take advantage of 0% interest free financing plans. Our special offer is just $199* for an examination, cleaning and take-home whitening kit! (*or GAP only with health insurance). Book your time today.

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