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Porcelain Veeners Crowns
A smile is one of the most beautiful of human expressions, and one that is universally understood. And at Magical Smiles, we believe that every smile is meant to be beautiful. With our exhaustive experience in cosmetic dentistry, we're here to make you smile your best ever smile.
Are you looking to enhance your smile? We can help you design the smile you’ve always wanted. With Porcelain Veneers, it is possible to improve the size, shape, color, close spaces between teeth as well as lengthen or shorten teeth to align well with the natural curve of your smile.
So, what exactly are Porcelain Veneers?
Essentially, veneers in dentistry refer to a thin layer of dental restorative material.
Porcelain veneers - also called dental veneers or porcelain laminates - are thin, tooth colored shells that can be used to restore and recreate the natural look of your teeth, and improve their overall appearance. These shells are like a thin covering bonded on to the front surface of teeth, to beautify your smile.
Custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth, these look just like natural teeth. In spite of being super thin, they are known for their strength, durability and resistance to stains and are said to be among the most durable dental procedures available. Just like dental crowns, porcelain veneers can bring about a remarkable improvement in the appearance of crooked, chipped, gappy and crowded teeth.
Dental veneers can help fix a range of cosmetic issues, like:
Regular Wear and Tear
As we age, our teeth tend to show some natural wear and tear, causing a departure from our youthful appearance. Aged teeth are more susceptible to chipping, cracking and unevenness – when they get rounded and their edges do not follow a straight line.
The protective enamel on our teeth can wear down over time, and can become dull and discolored. Sometimes, this could happen due to age, as well as some lifestyle choices like tea / coffee consumption, smoking or even a genetic pre-disposition. At other times, this could also happen as a result of faulty brushing habits. Whatever be the case, porcelain veneers can help prevent further structural loss.
In most cases of crooked or misaligned teeth, an orthodontic treatment is the best way ahead. But for those who don’t wish to go through that process, as well as for those where the corrections required are minor, veneers can be a great alternative to orthodontic treatment. Veneers also come in to correct teeth that are uneven or irregularly shaped.
Gaps between teeth and overcrowded teeth
Sometimes, teeth develop differently as compared to the space available – resulting in unsightly gaps between teeth or overcrowded teeth. Some people are born with an abnormal spacing between their teeth, which grow wider with time. In all these cases, porcelain veneers can be an ideal way to restore beauty and balance to your teeth… and to your smile!
Stained and discolored teeth
Our teeth tend to stain and discolor over time, as a result of certain diet choices. But not all teeth discoloration can be corrected with a whitening treatment. Some teeth are resistant to bleaching and veneers are an ideal solution to mask the discoloration.
The biggest difference between a veneer and a crown is that a veneer covers only the front surface of the tooth (approximately 180o) whereas a crown goes a complete 360o around the tooth.
Needless to say, a crown is much stronger in comparison and can sustain a higher biting force. But crowns also require more surface preparation, and a reduction in almost 1mm – 2mm of tooth structure from all sides. A porcelain veneer, on the other hand, needs minimal preparation only on the front surface of the tooth, and a reduction of just 0.5mm of the front dental surface.
Consult with us to know the best course of treatment for your teeth.
Depending on the level of surface preparation needed, veneers can be of two types – traditional veneers which require preparation, and modern, no prep veneers.
Traditional veneers are the most commonly used type, and require some amount of preparation of the tooth surface. In this procedure, the teeth are shaved to a very small extent to prepare the tooth for the veneer. Usually, the amount of preparation may range from as miniscule as 1/10th of a millimeter, to one or two hundredths of an inch, which allows you to retain the better part of your natural tooth.
It is important to also note that while the preparation needed is minimal, there is a certain loss of enamel, which is irreversible.
No Prep Veneers are those which are placed directly onto the surface of your existing teeth, without any kind of drilling, preparation or shaving of teeth. These are also much thinner as compared to traditional veneers, and can be done a lot more quickly with almost no discomfort.
However, as there is no prior drilling / prep that happens, there are certain limitations as well. For instance, the dentist will be limited to working with the existing shape of the teeth, and color control will also be difficult owing to the thinner veneer.
We will let you know which type of veneer you are more suited for, after an initial consultation session.
Typically, this process requires a few sittings and takes up to a week or 2 for completion, depending on factors like the number of teeth that need veneers, the preparation required etc. During this, our dentists will work with our skilled lab technicians to artistically create a pair of beautiful, custom fit veneers for you.
This is when we sit with you and carry out a comprehensive consultation to understand what you’re really looking for in your smile.
Once we have a better understanding of what you’re looking at, we do a Smile Analysis and explain the options suitable for you including costs and payments plans.
We then proceed to take photo and video records of your smile, so that we can study it in detail and plan how to manipulate it to achieve your desired smile.
We also take an impression of your teeth, to allow us to plan what your new porcelain veneers could potentially look like.
On your second visit, you can see what your porcelain veneers will actually look like on a model. We get your feedback and make the necessary changes on the mock-ups - so that the planned veneers will be in sync with your face and natural mouth movement.
We proceed to the next step – of actual treatment – only once you are comfortable at this step.
In this visit, we start preparing your teeth to accept porcelain veneers. We take detailed and accurate impressions on a mould or digital scans and send them to our expert lab technician to prepare your custom fit veneers.
In the meantime, we will provide you with temporary veneers so you can get a sense of what your final veneers will look like.
This is when we share the final veneers and do a fitting session to make sure they fit right on your teeth. If, at this point, you still need a few changes, we will make a note of those and send it back to our lab technician. Once you are okay with them, then we bond the final veneers over your teeth.
Our Porcelain Veneers last for a very long time, so the cost towards making them is actually an investment in preserving the beauty of your smile.
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than indirect or direct composite resin veneers. Traditional porcelain veneers cost between $1050 and $2200 per tooth but can last 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers cost approximately $450 to $950 per tooth and may last between five and seven years.
Porcelain Veneers are made of durable material, and can last from an average of 8 – 15 years.
This actually varies from person to person, as the teeth to which the veneers are attached or the surrounding gum tissue can change over time. For instance, there could be decay,damage or trauma, or the gum line could shrink and expose the root. In cases like these, the veneers will last for a considerably lesser time.
Porcelain veneers look just like natural teeth, only much better! So you needn’t worry about having a set of teeth that look fake or artificial.
As these will be sculpted specifically for your teeth and like natural teeth, it is almost impossible to really tell them apart from natural teeth.
At Magical Smiles, we use very high grade material to make Porcelain Veneers. This material resist stains from tea, coffee and smoking much better than resin veneers.
They are a quick and effective fix for minor cosmetic issues like discoloration, gaps, uneven teeth, with proper can can last for many years.
They are a quick and effective fix for minor cosmetic issues like discoloration, gaps, uneven teeth, and with proper care, can last for as long as 20 years!
Even though porcelain veneers are strong and hassle-free, they are not immune to damage. There are a few things you can do to ensure that your veneers stay on for a longer time.
Maintaining porcelain veneers doesn’t really require any special regimen. You need to care for them just as you care for your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. Don’t be afraid of damaging your veneers with your regular oral care regimen. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and gentle, non-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste. While flossing, make sure to pass the floss all the way up to the point where the tooth joins the gums.
Follow a normal diet but avoid biting into anything that is very hard. A safe rule would be to avoid biting into anything that you wouldn’t bite into, with your normal teeth. So using your teeth as a bottle opener is a definite no-no!
3. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, then we recommend that you wear a soft night guard to minimize stress on your teeth.
Oh, and we needn’t mention that regular dentist visits can help prevent small issues from snowballing into a bigger problem.
Porcelain veneers have minimal risk, however it’s good to know and be prepared for some minor potential risks.
You could experience some level of pain during preparation, especially if the tooth is near a nerve. This is possibly the maximum risk you might experience.
There is also the possibility of the veneer getting fractured or de-bonded from the teeth, particularly for people who have a tendency to grind their teeth when they sleep. In most cases, the veneer can be easily re-bonded back over the tooth. In some cases of fracture, the veneer might need to be replaced.
This usually differs from person to person based on how broad their upper jaw is. But the general rule of thumb is to choose to have porcelain veneers on the teeth that you show when you smile. So, depending on your smile, you could choose to do it for 6-10 front teeth.
No, porcelain veneers look almost as good as natural teeth and it is difficult to tell apart the difference. Having said this, proper tooth preparation and bonding is essential to achieve a natural look. This is akin to art, and depends on the skill of the technician. At Magical Smiles, we work with some of the best and most experienced technicians in Melbourne, and you can rest assured of the highest quality work.
When it comes to Porcelain Veneers, the best part is that you will have minimal loss of tooth surface.
Our expert dentists make sure that only the minimum required preparation is done, so that the Porcelain Veneer can be properly placed on the tooth. And in the case of No Prep Veneers, there is absolutely no loss of tooth surface.
However, in the case of decay, misaligned tooth or heavy discoloration, more tooth preparation may be required. In such cases, we usually go with a crown instead of a veneer, which leads to more of the tooth surface being reduced.
This is a popular question from patients, and this aspect will be discussed in detail during the consultation, where we will evaluate the best options for you to get your perfect smile.
For most people, porcelain veneers are done only on the upper teeth as the lower teeth are not seen when they smile. So, whitening the lower teeth is a popular option. We recommend that teeth whitening be done prior to placing veneers, so that we can achieve a perfect color match between the upper and lower teeth. If you choose to whiten the upper teeth too, then it will need thinner veneers to be placed over them.
However for some people who show more of the lower teeth as compared to the uppers, we can work out a mutually agreeable solution for the best result.
Unlike natural teeth, porcelain veneers do not stain over time. So you needn’t be afraid of having your favorite beverages like tea, coffee or wine. There is a small possibility that the junction of the veneers to the tooth could stain if the fit is not proper. But that again is very rare.
Having said this, there might still be some stain correction required over time, for the surrounding natural teeth, which are sure to stain over time. Your porcelain veneers might stand out as too light among them. But no need to fear! A simple teeth whitening procedure for the surrounding teeth can bring them to their original shade of color.
Typically, there is no pain after the veneers have been placed. It is a painless procedure, You might experience a slight sensitivity during the period that you use temporary veneers, but this will ease away when permanent veneers are bonded in place.
Sometimes during preparation and bonding, the surrounding gum tissue is lightly pushed out of the way during the procedure, and there could be mild discomfort due to this for a couple of days. Also, if there is more tooth preparation required near the nerve, then it can result in pain. But we will always inform you beforehand in such cases, before we proceed.
In rare cases, the bite can become heavier after bonding and this can lead to tenderness in the tooth, but this can be resolved with a quick bite adjustment, if needed.
Porcelain veneers are an amazing way to restore your teeth to their natural beauty.
But there is no substitute to good dental care – regular brushing and flossing, and a dental check-up every six months. Like with natural teeth, it helps to keep sugar consumption low and limited during meals, so as to prevent decay.
Porcelain Veneers are just like a blend of art of science with the potential to transform your smile into a dazzling work of art. If you choose to do it at Magical Smiles, you are sure to benefit from Dr. Yadav’s rich experience in creating picture perfect smiles. Reach out to us if you want to know more, on how you can get a smile that wins over your world.